Trying at avoid people in the Big City.
Walk at Iona
If you go early enough on the weekends, you
can see the bird banding station in action. I know the kids like
to see the birds so we decided to go out and see them in
action. They have changed the parking at Iona to reduce the
amount of parking but make the main street safer so arriving early
is now a good idea. I was immediatly distracted by an Osprey
circling over the main pond so I sent the kids and the wife ahead
to see the birds. They had trouble spotting the bird house,
but we did eventually find it and the kids were fascinated by
watching the birds get measured and banded.
I've seen Osprey all over BC including on the pilings close to
here but this was the first time I've seen them circling the
ponds. I didn't think the ponds had fish large enough for an
Osprey to eat, but I could be wrong. Either way, they were
nice to see.
We walked around looking for whatever was in season.
Sometimes the kids like to see the Tree Swallows near the nest
boxes, but this time the kids just wanted to play on the logs.
We made it back to the car when I noticed there were quite a few
shorebirds down on the beach. I grabbed my camera and took a
look. If I was dedicated to my craft, I would be out on the
mud flats in a tent as the tide comes in, but I'm just not that
Friday Night Bleeding Hearts
Last year when the COVID lockdown first
hit, just going outside seemed like a risky thing to do.
Near Nara's birthday, we went for a walk in Pacific Spirit Park
because I figured it would be pretty empty. One of my
memories from that trip was all of the Bleeding Hearts in full
bloom. Fast forward a little over a year - we had dinner
early on a Friday night so I decided to got a for a little walk
before bath time.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a quite
large and I have to admit I haven't walked all of the
trails. We had a free afternoon so I went for a walk by
myself to take it in. I didn't realize the area by Salish
trail was hit so hard by the wind storm in 2006, but much of the
canopy here (that was once dominated by Alder and Big Leaf Maple)
was torn down. Hiking now, there is very little cover.
A big surprise for me - I spotted a butterfly! I'm not a
butterfly expert, but seeing big colourful butterflies in this
part of the world is quite a treat!
Fraser River Walk in Southlands
The Covid numbers in BC aren't great right
now. In April the third wave was clearly getting out of
control so the Health Office put in a number of new restrictions
to get things back under control. Restaurants are closed,
but travel inside the provice is also restricted. Combined
with the Vaccine roll out, BC's numbers have significantly
improved, but they are still high so we look for days out without
crowds. Helen has already been vaccinated though here work,
but my first vaccine didn't come until Mid month and even then,
it's not effective for a few weeks after.
Nara brought here camera and did take some
This trail is hardly "natural". The
whole coast here should be tidal mudflats, growing and
disappearing as the Fraser slowly changes course. That
doesn't work with modern city planning so the entire river here
has been amoured with rock and cement chunks and the shore has
been built up as a dike to keep the river out, even in high tide
storms. The inland side is either homes or a golf course so
most of the ground is covered in grass. While there are some
native plants here (Willow), some garden plans (Cherry trees, Fig
Trees) but there invasives are here in quanity - Wild Carrot and
Japanese Knotweed amoung others. The kids found some dead
sticks where made for lots of fun play.
We picked up lunch to go on Main street,
and while we waited for it to be cooked we went across the street
to Best Quality Sweets for some Gulab Jamun. These are
basically doughnuts with a sweet sauce and the kids certainly like
them. The India food was fantastic but sadly a little too
spicy for the kids. It's amazing how palak paneer, which is
full of cheese and made mild can still be too spicy.
Sunset from the Lionsgate Bridge
I've wanted a timelapse of a sunset from
this angle for quite a while. Every once in a while in
Vancouver you get just the right light where the sun sets below
the cloud layer and uses the underside of the clouds to light
everything orange. There is no weather prediction for this -
it needs to be clear enough for the sun to get through, but have
enough cloud that the sun has something to light. Today was
about a 6 out of 10, but just going sure teaches you a few things
about taking a timelapse.
The Lions gate bridge is a suspension bridge
so it moves as the trafic goes over it. That movement causes
blur on long exposures but on timelapses it causes the image to
jump around. The usual tools (ffmpeg stablization tools)
fixated on the other moving elemnts (clouds and skies) and the
other tools I sometime use (Fiji/ImageJ or Photoshop) also gave
up. I was able to make it work in ffmpeg by blurring out
much of the moving part of the frame, but it took me hours to get
something that worked. Learn something new every time.
While standing around the bridge for a few hours, I noticed the
sunset the other way - facing back to the city, was also quite
nice. A week later I took another sunset timelapse, this
time facing east.
The same problems happened - the bridge is bouncing all evening as
cars and big trucks roar over behind. Not learning my
lesson, this image has even less stable elements so when I had to
stabalize the movie, there was less to work with. That said,
once you have the procedure down, I was able to make the movie
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