Beautiful Vancouver


VIEW

The first thing that sprang to mind for this week was the book, A Room with a View. So here is the view from my hotel room in San Diego earlier this year, looking at a corner of the harbour with the Star of India, part of the Maritime Museum, at the bottom of our street.

Daytime

Sunset, different but just as beautiful

Every time you come to my blog you have a great view of Vancouver in my header. So maybe you were expecting that. Well I would not want to disappoint you so a view towards the North Shore mountains.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE

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VIEW

The first thing that sprang to mind for this week was the book, A Room with a View. So here is the view from my hotel room in San Diego earlier this year, looking at a corner of the harbour with the Star of India, part of the Maritime Museum, at the bottom of our street.

Daytime

Sunset, different but just as beautiful

Every time you come to my blog you have a great view of Vancouver in my header. So maybe you were expecting that. Well I would not want to disappoint you so a view towards the North Shore mountains.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE

To my mind there is no more beautiful place in the world in Springtime than Vancouver. Some of the things which make that true are the wonderful azaleas and rhododendrons which bloom so prolifically in this part of the world. The constant rain makes the soil very acidic which is the ideal environment for these shrubs and in fact there are species of rhododendrons native to this area.
Usually on the Granville Island walk the members of the Thursday walking group follow the activities on the water but at this time of year we drink in the beautiful gardens which line the walk along False Creek. I thought you might like to share some of the beauty of one of our recent walks.

This spectacular pair of rhododendrons are on the path beside the Pacific Institute
of Culinary Arts
where we often take lunch in their coffee shop

The colour is just exquisite

Even closer, you can see that it is a bicolour

The path we follow is lined with these beauties, mixed in with other
perennials, for quite some way

This deciduous azalea seems quite bland between this pair
of purple rhododendrons

But a closeup reveals that it too is spectacular

The oriental poppies were vying for our attention too with their brilliant red heads

While blue alliums were tucked among the hardy geraniums and other plants

I don’t remember what this perennial is called but it is trying
very hard to not be outdone by the red rhododendron

For the grand finale, a spectacular blue ceanothus shrub,
well I think you could call this one a small tree

I think the day I took these photographs every plant and shrub was at its peak and it seemed to take twice as long to do the walk as I had to keep stopping to take another photograph. I think you will agree that Vancouver is indeed very beautiful in Springtime.
To my mind there is no more beautiful place in the world in Springtime than Vancouver. Some of the things which make that true are the wonderful azaleas and rhododendrons which bloom so prolifically in this part of the world. The constant rain makes the soil very acidic which is the ideal environment for these shrubs and in fact there are species of rhododendrons native to this area.
Usually on the Granville Island walk the members of the Thursday walking group follow the activities on the water but at this time of year we drink in the beautiful gardens which line the walk along False Creek. I thought you might like to share some of the beauty of one of our recent walks.

This spectacular pair of rhododendrons are on the path beside the Pacific Institute
of Culinary Arts
where we often take lunch in their coffee shop

The colour is just exquisite

Even closer, you can see that it is a bicolour

The path we follow is lined with these beauties, mixed in with other
perennials, for quite some way

This deciduous azalea seems quite bland between this pair
of purple rhododendrons

But a closeup reveals that it too is spectacular

The oriental poppies were vying for our attention too with their brilliant red heads

While blue alliums were tucked among the hardy geraniums and other plants

I don’t remember what this perennial is called but it is trying
very hard to not be outdone by the red rhododendron

For the grand finale, a spectacular blue ceanothus shrub,
well I think you could call this one a small tree

I think the day I took these photographs every plant and shrub was at its peak and it seemed to take twice as long to do the walk as I had to keep stopping to take another photograph. I think you will agree that Vancouver is indeed very beautiful in Springtime.
For the fifth year in a row Vancouver was ranked the best place to live in the world in a survey by the Economist magazine in 2007. Not the least of which factors contributing to that is the gorgeous setting.


Looking towards the mountains beyond the BC Place Stadium
home of the opening and closing ceremonies
of the 2010 Winter Olympics

Out and about today with my Thursday walking group I took some photos that might convince you that they were not wrong.


Warm enough for a stroll, more mountains to enjoy


Time to get the old trimaran ready for some sailing


Mr or Mrs Bald Eagle is back, to the left of the huge nest
a little difficult to see unfortunately

Later on my drive home I stopped to take this
photo looking back towards downtown


Looking across the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club towards
the North Shore Mountains


February 21st and Spring is here, almost

I think you have to agree that Vancouver has a few things going for it. When did this blog turn into a photo blog?
For the fifth year in a row Vancouver was ranked the best place to live in the world in a survey by the Economist magazine in 2007. Not the least of which factors contributing to that is the gorgeous setting.


Looking towards the mountains beyond the BC Place Stadium
home of the opening and closing ceremonies
of the 2010 Winter Olympics

Out and about today with my Thursday walking group I took some photos that might convince you that they were not wrong.


Warm enough for a stroll, more mountains to enjoy


Time to get the old trimaran ready for some sailing


Mr or Mrs Bald Eagle is back, to the left of the huge nest
a little difficult to see unfortunately

Later on my drive home I stopped to take this
photo looking back towards downtown


Looking across the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club towards
the North Shore Mountains


February 21st and Spring is here, almost

I think you have to agree that Vancouver has a few things going for it. When did this blog turn into a photo blog?
Labour Day Weekend has passed and Fall has arrived in Vancouver. Cool weather with sunshine prevails. But I have a few more photos in the Temptation series before we leave the memories of Summer behind.

Here, at the Jericho Sailing Club, some young people were enjoying a windsurfing lesson as we walked along the foreshore. Click to see the colourful sails against the North Shore mountains.

Windsurfing is very popular here and you see these little sail boards darting along the shoreline.

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