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Lumiere 2019

Last year was my first experience with Lumiere (I saw it walking home from work) and the kids really loved it!  What isn't to love - outdoors at night, interactive art and fire - what's not to like!  This year I knew to look out for the festival and we planned a Saturday night visit.

Turtle Full FireKids With View Of Plaza

At the Art Gallery plaza they had two huge mobile vehicles that were probably built for burning man.  The turtle was moving a little and had a DJ mixing on top.  Of course the fire burned with the beats.

Turtle In Front Of Art Gallery

Claira With Giant Wheel
The plaza had a few more pieces showing.  A giant tricycle with a family sized couch one story up in air looked like the ultimate "get around the campsite" vehicle.  A light sculture danced to it's own light.

Dancing Under Sculpture
 
An artist had set up a plastic bubble on a light stand and was doing performance inside.  After his show, the kids lined up to do performances in his little stage.  Nara was keen to take a turn - Claira didn't want a go.

Nara In Inflating BallNara With Lights On Strings

Tuning Flower Colour
This year had less fire.  Lsat year there was a flower setup on the corner.  This year there were flowers as well, but users could adjust the colour (rather than light them on fire).  The kids had a surprising amount of fun making their favorite color flowers.
Claira With Purple Flower
 
This year they had 4 locations.  We have drive by some of the others, but haven't figured out how to get them all in one weekend.  Maybe next year we will!

Victoria for a Weekend

At Goldstream Park
November 11th is a holiday here.  We decided to go to Victoria for the weekend.  There are so many great attractions around Victoria but this trip we decided to visit Goldstream Park because it was salmon spawning season.  We have been closer to Christmas and New Years but by then almost all the salmon are rotting. 



Dead Salmon In RiverVaried Thrush On Fence PostVaried Thrush On Mossy Branch

 
Claira With Model FishBlowing Out Birthday Candles
 
 
 

Eastside Culture Crawl

 The East Side Culture Crawl is an event I look forward to all year long.  Hundreds of studios are open for four days on the Eastside of Vancouver.  Every year, artists show new work, new artists arrive and sometimes whole new buildings show up on the tour.  This year I started with 1000 Parker place - an easy bus ride from work.

    Paint Bins On Floor

Thick Paint On PaletteMostly Blue Brushes
I struggle with what kinds of photos to take each year.  I'm not there to take photos of the art, but there are plenty of people who do and many artists have put up signs encouraging the practice and how they like their work tagged and linked.  It's very easy to fall into the "collecting" mentality and start to zone out on what you are actually looking at.  Many artists now have their brushes kindly presented



Original Window
The more I visit, the more details I learn.  At 1000 Parker Place, each of the studios is a unique layout based on how building was subdivide from the original furnature factory.  Few units have running water, but apparently original paned windows are also a luxury that some people really look for.  Some studios were originally setup for half a dozen artists and over time they are being joined or split to accommodate more people or a more successful artist.  The evolution is subtle, but impressive.



The Arc is live work building where each person gets a unit roughly based on the kind of work they do - welders might get darker units, but painters get more light.

The Arc Facing West

Templates
When I go to the Eastside Culture Crawl, I normally use a 50mm because of the low light, but this year I switched it up a bit.  I thought I would bring my wide angle and try to show some spaces, even if it includes some pieces.  I took a photo of Arnt Arntzen's workshop because it's both amazing and pretty much famous. 

Metal Shop

I revisited the same workshop with my 35mm (again low light) and found details I hadn't seen even though I have visted this studio at least half a dozen times.

Benchside Hammers

They Foyer to the Maker Space has been evolving every year so I also took a picture.  This space would be hard to capture with a 50mm.

Foyer Of Maker Space


On Friday night I spent some time in the Strathcona neighborhood at night.  It's a shame it's such a rough neighborhood because the buildings and art is amazing.  With a super wide lens, it's easier to take night photos because the long shutter times are less noticable in wide images.

Rice Block At NightMonkey 100 StudioBack Yard Fort And Swing

I like to take the kids at least one of the days we go crawl.  This time we saw a demo on photo transfers (I'm not sure the kids get how they can use this skill) and we visited a studio that had a kids bench for doing block stamps onto nice cards.
  
Post Photo Transfer DemoClaira Adding MountainsNara Starting Card
 
Every year I get inspired by things I have seen.

Reifel Bird Sanctuary

What's not to like about feeding the ducks?  We had a few hours in the afternoon and it was a nice day so why not go out and feed the ducks?  The kids were keen to go so we hopped in the car!  We got two bags of bird feed for each kid and very quickly we were surrounded by new friends.
Mallard Hoping For FoodClaira Feeding DucksNara Feeding Ducks

The kids understand that there are other species than Mallards and we started a list of the species we had seen.  The American Coots are the easiest - they get out of the water with the Mallards but they don't look anything like them.  Then the kids found the American Widgeon (distinctive call) and the pin tailes (distinct colour).  It took them a while to find the American Shoveler was actually a different species and then just seeing the Hooded Merganser with the rest of the birds finished out list.

Ring-necked Duck MaleTwo American Coots

Hooded Merganser Non Breeding MaleNorthern Shoveler Female
 
  The sun sets early in November so we left just as the Sanctuary was closing.
 
 

 



At Goldstream Park
Person: Claira, Janet, Lloyd, Nara
Altitude: 139m (456 feet)
Location: Go To...
Dancing Under Sculpture
Altitude: 37m (121 feet)
Location: Go To...
Benchside Hammers
Tags: art crawl, Eastside Culture Crawl, tool
Varied Thrush On Mossy Branch
Species: Ixoreus naevius (Varied Thrush)
Ring-necked Duck Male
Species: Aythya collaris (Ring-necked Duck)
Altitude: 22m (72 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Original Window
Tags: architectural decoration, Eastside Culture Crawl, window
Claira Feeding Ducks
Person: Claira
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Varied Thrush On Fence Post
Species: Ixoreus naevius (Varied Thrush)
Turtle Full Fire
Altitude: 200m (656 feet)
Location: Go To...
Mallard Hoping For Food
Species: Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard)
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Claira With Purple Flower
Person: Claira
Altitude: 37m (121 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: flower, lights, night, Vancouver
Hooded Merganser Non Breeding Male
Species: Lophodytes cucullatus (Hooded Merganser)
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Back Yard Fort And Swing
Nara With Lights On Strings
Person: Nara
Altitude: 93m (305 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: lights, performance
Claira With Giant Wheel
Person: Claira
Tuning Flower Colour
Person: Nara
Altitude: 37m (121 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: art, flower, lights
Foyer Of Maker Space
Rice Block At Night
Tags: building, night, Vancouver
Claira With Model Fish
Claira Adding Mountains
Person: Claira
Tags: art, art crawl, Eastside Culture Crawl
Thick Paint On Palette
Tags: art crawl, Eastside Culture Crawl, paint
Kids With View Of Plaza
Altitude: 200m (656 feet)
Location: Go To...
Blowing Out Birthday Candles
Paint Bins On Floor
Tags: art crawl, Eastside Culture Crawl, paint
Mostly Blue Brushes
Tags: art crawl, Eastside Culture Crawl, paint brush
Nara Starting Card
Person: Nara
Tags: art, art crawl, Eastside Culture Crawl
Turtle In Front Of Art Gallery
Altitude: 205m (672 feet)
Location: Go To...
Post Photo Transfer Demo
Nara In Inflating Ball
Altitude: 93m (305 feet)
Location: Go To...
Metal Shop
Tags: art crawl, Eastside Culture Crawl
Nara Feeding Ducks
Person: Nara
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Northern Shoveler Female
Species: Anas clypeata (Northern Shoveler)
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Two American Coots
Species: Fulica americana (American Coot)
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Templates
The Arc Facing West
Tags: art crawl, Eastside Culture Crawl, window
Monkey 100 Studio
Tags: art crawl, Eastside Culture Crawl, night, sign
Dead Salmon In River
Altitude: 16m (52 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: fish, river
Tags: Eastside Culture Crawl(10), art crawl(9), Reifel Bird Sanctuary(7), lights(3), night(3), art(3)
People: Claira(5), Nara(5), Janet(1), Lloyd(1)
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