Weekly Writing Challenge: Snapshots (II)

We spot the familiar reddish-brown-and-black plumage of a mature Cooper’s Hawk as it circles in the cloudless infinity of a blue summer sky, high, high above the milfoil-choked lake–a once-popular spot for kayakers and canoeists–that we are using to break in our new red canoe. We pause to watch as the raptor sight its prey, a fat carp that swims oblivious to any scrutiny just below the level of waters that shimmer with thousands of diamonds Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light! (VI)

Shot from The Lookout in downtown Vancouver, which offers 360 degrees of Metro Vancouver from almost 500 feet above the ground! Believe it or not, it was actually snowing in the afternoon, so depending on where we were, half the view was sunny and the other half was blanketed in thick flakes!

Here is BC Place Stadium (host of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals — you go, girls!) with its second colour-changing dome lit up, and the BC Hydro tower in the lower right corner.

Lady and the Trampoline

A youth bouncing on a trampoline

A youth bouncing on a trampoline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My parents’ next-door neighbours got a blue, 4-person monstrosity of a trampoline for their sons this summer. You could hear the yelling and laughing all the way down the block. Of course, considering that gaming consoles have largely supplanted actual fitness these days (unless you are a practitioner/follower of the more active titles for Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Kinect), in my books, any physical exercise is good. And it’s good to see the little nippers (who are heading towards adolescence and will be heads and shoulders taller than me in six months) airborne and burning off their energy.  Continue reading