The Sylvia Hotel, around the corner from our place, is a local landmark. The whole building is covered in ivy - it was gorgeous a week or two ago when it was all flaming red. I rather liked these gradations of color, though.
A view of the city as we approached on the ferry. Sure does make you feel small.
A few minutes after taking this photo, a pod of pacific white-sided dolphins passed us, jumping and playing. It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen; unfortunately I didn't get any good photos of them.
Well, it's definitely fall in Vancouver. Although the forests here don't have quite the same show of color as back home (in Michigan), there are spots of brilliance on the city streets where maples and sugar gums have been planted. A few cold but sunny days this week have really made it feel like autumn. Now I just need some cider and a fresh frycake . . . .
The woman who baked our wedding cake, Julie, was kind enough to give me the recipe. I plan to make us a small wedding cake each year on our anniversary. Since this year's anniversary weekend was a bit crazy, it got put off until Friday, when we took the cake over to share with some friends. I think I need some more practice with the recipe, but it was well-received. Luckily, we've got many years ahead of us in which to perfect this delicious cake!
I've been volunteering at a nearby elementary school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which has been a lot of fun so far. On the fence around the school, they have streams of these fish, painted by students in all different colors, for an environmental program a while back. I love the colorful swirl they add to the school.
Vancouver is a fairly bike friendly city, with mild weather and some nice bike lanes here and there. This is one of my favorite features: bike crossing buttons. Many of the lights are pedestrian-controlled -- they're green until a pedestrian pushes the crossing button. And anywhere there is a crossing button on the sidewalk, there is one on the street, right in the spot where a bike would stop for the perpendicular red light. Convenient, huh?
All the public benches here have little plaques that you can buy and dedicate to a loved one. Most of them are sweet little obituaries, with poems and sayings, and some are quite creative. This one along English Bay always seems to catch my eye - it's the only one I've seen dedicated to a dog!
My wonderful husband organized a photo scavenger hunt for my belated birthday party - here's my friend C posing for one of the pictures we had to find. It was a fun time, followed by a delicious dinner and some awesome hanging out with games. Definitely an amazing 30th.
I know I just posted a sunrise photo for a few days ago, but tonight Ryan and I went upstairs to the 27th floor and were treated to what was probably the second-most-amazing sunset I've ever seen. (The first was in the Philippines about 7 years ago. Most orange I've ever seen in one place.)
I began taking a photo each day on the day I moved to Buenos Aires in August 2006. It's been over five years now, through normal working life in Argentina, a trip all around South America, a long visit home to the US, teaching in Taiwan, traveling around the Middle East, living in Vancouver, and traveling around Canada.
I have a few lapses, but I decided that it was better to feel good about the blog instead of feeling like a slave to it.
These photos are the things that I see - things that are common or interesting or odd or delicious or beautiful or terrible - things that catch my eye in some way. This blog is a way for me to keep in touch with family and friends so very very far away, an extended photography lesson, and a kind of daily journal of my own impressions of places both new and well-known.