Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (II)

This gallery contains 3 photos. A sign of the time: the analog clock with the inscription ‘We Serve’ donated by the Vancouver Mandarin Lions Club has stood outside the Bloedel Conservatory since 1995. All photographs were taken on April 27. More examples of signs can be found here.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (I)

This gallery contains 3 photos. Etched in stone is an enchanting bit of poetry immortalized against the elements of wind, sand, and storm. This memory stone is one of many found throughout Surrey’s Crescent Beach. Photographed on a delightfully sunny June 21. More examples of signs can be found here.

Etched in Stone 1

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

The best way to endure the late summer heat is to sleep it away! This is one nappy cappy! Catching a siesta in the mid-afternoon heat of September 14 is this capybara (not a giant guinea pig) at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. More examples of endurance can be found here.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure (II)

This gallery contains 2 photos. The way that many of us who aren’t naturally gifted with wings choose to adventure is through the power of (engineered) flight. This Saltspring Air seaplane is taking its passengers on an aerial adventure of Metro Vancouver.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure (I)

A flock of Canada Geese photographed in single-file flight formation, parallel to the Vancouver International Airport and London Aviation Center. It’s almost time to migrate south to warmer shores! Photographed at No. 1 Road in Richmond, BC, on August 17. More examples of adventure can be found here.


Daily Prompt: When Will I Be Loved?

Have you dreamt of becoming famous? What would your claim to fame be? Comedy? Acting? Writing? Race car driving? Go!

Fame is a fleeting, spontaneous, and fickle game; what’s hot today may be cold tomorrow.

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Daily Prompt: Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Blockquote Puppy and Kitty

“A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” – Elbert Hubbard

Do you find it easy to make new friends? Tell us how you’ve mastered the art of befriending a new person.

But to put a quasi-scientific spin to the above question: the ease of my making friends depends on the person, the situation, and/or common interests that may link us (that should pretty cover everything under the sun).

As an auto-didact with a strong sense of independence, I see less of a need to befriend a new person than a want. Thus, friendship is a luxury, but one that may reap (unexpected) mutual benefits in the present or near future. (Clearly, I have been watching one too many episodes of The Big Bang Theory).

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Daily Prompt: In the Summertime

Garden "butchart gardens", Vancouver...

Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Theoretically, summer will return to the polar-vortex-battered Northern Hemisphere. What are you looking forward to doing this summer? If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, what are your fondest memories of Summer past?

Unlike many parts of the Canada and the U.S., our winter was a relatively warm one with few days of actual snowfall (it’s the spring that’s actually been a bit chilly).

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Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door

Look out your back window or door — describe what you see, as if you were trying to convey the scene to someone from another country or planet.

Our backyard is “Tree and Shrub Central” — a haven for the birds, and our attempt to recreate a bit of the forest. A pair of towering, 100-foot Douglas Firs–seeded decades ago near the fences–stretch up to the skies, while an eclectic mix of Viburnum, laurel, spurge, pyracantha, cotoneaster, and Mountain Fire shrubs of varying heights offer a colourful canopy and private retreat for feathered visitors from the rains that the West Coast is famous for.

A Feather in the Forest
A fallen feather in the forest.

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