Saturday, August 1, 2015

"Dear Bill" and Critter Post #84 for Eileen.

I am posting to Eileen's Critter Meme today.  There are some photos that seem to be without critters, but I can guarantee that there are lots of them hiding within the trees and under the greenery.  Many thanks, Eileen!  Your blog and Saturday's Critters are gifts to all who appreciate nature.

Today marks 8 years since the day I first met Bill.  I wrote these words to him on a facebook post and added some pictures you have already seen in the blog:  
"Today marks 8 years together, Bill. It will be a day like any other day. We'll explore our beautiful city on foot or on our bicycles, I'll pull up beside you at the stop lights, happy when you check that Black Jack is comfortable in her basket and that I am doing okay, we'll go to a movie or live performance or read aloud to each other from our current book, we'll talk about a hundred things and I'll think long after the conversations about your words. The thing about our ordinary days is that I spend them with the man of my dreams. I love you!"
Below are photos taken this past Wednesday.  On hot days, we like to walk in the forest where we can find some shade.  
We discovered this trail..  
 with writing attached to one of the trees.
I took the photograph, hoping to study its message, but even the cropped photo is difficult to read.  Something tells me to post it here, though.  I'm still thinking I must come back to make another effort to understand the message.
We also saw some chairs carved out of fallen trees (as shown in the 1st photo. This was the second chair we encountered.  Definitely a creative and useful idea.
 Here is the 1st chair, without Bill in it :)
 In the bark of this tree, I thought I saw a lady dog riding a log on the river.
 In this one, I saw a bird just to the left and a bit above centre looking up.  To the right of the bird, a couple of humans smile as they sit, waving from their perches.
 I was slow to react when this "Just Married" couple rode along the trail towards us.  The lady is disappearing behind the tree at the left.  A nice way to celebrate after a marriage ceremony.  Just the two of them riding quietly through the forest.  I hope they will have many happy years together.
This caught my eye.  Perhaps, some of you will see a critter sculpture.
These next three photos were taken near the Rose Gardens in Stanley Park.  I didn't catch my orange butterfly, but I did manage to get this little one.  I'm not sure of its id but the profile seems to indicate that s/he is smiling at me :)
There were several of these in a small stream in the woods.  They seemed to be charging at each other in a kind of dual.  I jokingly called them water nymphs and was surprised to learn there is such a category in my insect book.  Since they don't appear, from the photos, to fall into that category, I am left once more asking for help.  Does anyone know what they are?  Perhaps an aphid?
Sometimes, the ends of their legs seemed to catch globules of light.
The rest of the photos go back to last Saturday.  We rode along False Creek to Olympic Village Park.  I almost missed this little dog riding in a backpack. 
 I almost missed these insects too.
 I still haven't identified them.
 They certainly were interesting.  Anyone have ideas?
Black Jack led Bill to the edge of a tiny little creek on the other side of the bike path from False Creek.  I don't think that little creek has a name.  Bill is always so obliging about following her wherever she wishes to take him.
 One lovely White-crowned sparrow was my only small-bird capture.
One sweet mother duck with her last remaining offspring swam along that same little creek.  The algae has almost completely taken over the water.
I looked down from the little bridge above and caught them..
 as they swam past/under us..
 and continued on their way.
 When they reached their destination, the little one finally felt safe enough to hunt for food on his/her own.
Ending with one more picture of my love.   Thank you, Eileen, and thank you, critter-loving readers, for stopping by!  Have a beautiful rest of your weekend. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Colourful Community for ABC Wednesday

I am jumping in at the letter "C" for this round of ABC Wednesday.  Perhaps, Colourful Community will also apply to a few fences at the beginning of the post that I include as my Contribution to TexWisGirl's Good Fences meme.  Many thanks to her and to the Chipper ABC volunteers for their, Consistently Conscientious Comments that encourage us to participate.

The blue fence behind this busker at Granville Island is not a spectacular one, but it sure has seen some fine acts in its day.  I didn't have time to set up for this shot.  It was a surprise.  Just part of his warm-up, though his show had to do with very different talents than the flip he nonchalently threw in here.
 This suitcase wasn't a big deal either.  It Comprised only about 2 minutes of his act, but I loved..
 the way he made the suitcase appear to be in Control.
 It seemed as though it moved independently of anything the busker did.
 I also loved the Countenances of the people in the audience.
 I've learned that there is Colour and Character in every Community.  Watch long enough and it is sure to Come out.  Five balls in the air here.  Wow!
Lots of Comedy too.  Here, he led the two men chosen from the audience to think he was going to leap onto their Connected hands.  Instead, he Clambered up the back of the fellow on the right, Clumsily turned himself about so that the fellow's face was in a fairly Compromised position.  When he turned his head away, the busker turned it back as though turning a key.  Then he waved as if to say, "Oh no you don't.  Here I am, big as life and pretty funny too.  Check out the audience.  They loved this part of the act!
This is another non-spectacular fence at Olympic Village.  Black Jack liked it, though.  No telling what one Can Catch in that view. 
 Perhaps we Could Call that perfect "O" in her tail a "C" just for this post.
Last Sunday, we sat in a lovely garden on Burrard Street.  
 Bill was especially impressed with the deeper Colour of the little buds amid..
 the pink flowers.  I loved the reflection in the fence behind the flowers.
This purpose of this next fence is a bit of a Conundrum.  It is at the bottom of a fountain at Stanley Park, but with the recent drought, many of the fountains have been drained dry.  Not much colour here, but I love the play of light and shadow.
 I'm not sure if you could call this a fence.  It is also at the bottom of the waterless fountain and I thought it quite fascinating.
This is part of the Stanley Park seawall.  I've shown it many times, but with that colourful beach umbrella, i thought it made a rather fun photo.  Just behind the fence is a swimming pool.  People have the choice of fresh water in the pool..
or salt water in the ocean.  I had to smile at the fellow doing his Core exercises on the other side of the pool.  It was a hot day.  You could say he was Committed :)
That Concludes the fence portion of the post, but the letter "C" portion continues.
Two new words Caught my eye at the Phronistery site.  "Caballine" pertains to anything horse-related, so I guess riding in the wagon behind that team of horses that we saw at Stanley Park yesterday could be described as Caballine entertainment.  

"Calque" is a word-for-word translation from one language to another.  For example, Chien Chaud, is literally translated from the English word, Hot Dog. In Quebec, where I was born, we were taught "Chien Chaud" in French class, but no self-respecting Quebecer would have used that word.  I think it would have been commonly used in France.  "Le Hot Dog" worked just fine for Francophones in my day.  You can find lots more information about Calques, as well as about Cognates and Loanwords at this site.  I was looking for a good photo to go along with this portion of the post and though I absolutely loved the 3rd one on this site, I knew it would be wrong to steal it.  So, here's Black Jack's best attempt at looking like a Hot Dog.

She loves to pose for the camera but thought it time for lunch in this last photo.
But to get back to our ride to Stanley Park and walk through the rose gardens, it was comforting to see that there is still Colour in Vancouver, in spite of several months of low rainfall.
I spotted an orange butterfly so Bill entertained Black Jack while I ran around..
the rose bushes, hoping to get a photo. In the end, the butterfly disappeared, but that was okay. Butterflies are good but Bill and Black Jack are even Cooler :)
It was Bill who spotted this eagle.  We heard a Calamitous Cry,
and followed it to the top of a tall tree.
The eagle couldn't Circumvent the annoying..
buzzes of a seagull that probably had a bone or two to pick with the eagle.  I've seen eagle/seagull Confrontations from both viewpoints, so didn't take sides.  Just hope they both were eventually able to find some peace in their day.
Bill remarked on the electrifying green in that tree at the right.  It seemed to..
make the colours around it all the more Commoving (new word for me, meaning "emotionally exciting or galvanizing").
Bill spotted this Colourful Critter.  What a beauty!
I don't think my photo does justice to the stunning Colours around us that day, but here's an attempt to give you the bigger picture.
On Monday, July 27th, we admired the Cranes and the splashes of Colour that..
they brought to the blue sky.  Both Bill and I have talked about the Combination of talents necessary for workers at a site like this.  Often, I think we underestimate their Creativity and the huge responsibility they accept to keep everyone safe.
That same day, walking up a City side street, the splashes of Colour were truly..
spectacular, though the street itself is a nondescript one.  These passion flowers..
absolutely made my day!
And that evening, we had the great pleasure of seeing a theatrical production of Godspell at Granville Island.  If ever Vancouverites were tempted to believe this Community is without Character, it would be dispelled forever after watching that production.  I'm short of time, so will just introduce you to the musical director..
of the production.  His name is Danny Balkwill (but to keep the "C" theme going he plays the Cop in the show).  Here he does an amazing performance with an 11-year-old girl.  She wasn't in the show but I believe she is one of his students.  If you have time for this, I do believe you will be Chuffed.  Many thanks, as always, for stopping by.  Have a wonderful rest of your Friday!