Oh, This is East Surrey, BC, Not Cloverdale.

If you really want to have some fun with people who call Surrey, BC home, just tell them they live in Surrey, not Cloverdale, or Newton, and so on. Anyway, I should not pick on these people, as most of them are fine folks, just like the rest of us. So, here I am, standing at the corner of 176 Street (aka Hwy 15, or Pacific Hwy) and 64th Avenue, in what is known as East Surrey, or more commonly know as, Cloverdale–looking South West at my hotel. It is weird standing here, looking at the traffic, knowing  that just a mere few hours ago, I was standing in Terrace, BC, seeing the same thing, but with no traffic. The sunset was awesome however–a worthy photo.

The flight in from Terrace, BC, was eventful–in that it was noisy. Among the aircraft’s noise, nestled inside the cabin were at least eight very young kids, with their parents of course. As the we ascended into the air,  and the air pressure thinned, their tiny eardrums were causing much pain. As we leveled out, the chorus of at least three screaming voices in unison called out, to stop the air from pushing out their ears, although they could not speak, the cries were deafening to the point. One child, did this throughout the trip. It sounded like a torture chamber inside. The poor kid.

As I got into the YVR terminal, and out to Departures, my ride was at little late, but I waited only a few minutes. We drove into the Surrey, making it in good time, for the Lower Mainland standards, and I got to my employer’s head office. From there I booked into my hotel, and then I went off in search of a place to have a meal. This is when I took the photo, above.

I headed off to bed early, knowing that tomorrow was going to be action-packed, full of training, and meeting people, kind of day. Good-night!

Flying Away – A Very Short Migratory Trip

A fully sponsored, work related, trip to the Lower Mainland for some training is in order, for me. I am going back, albeit for only twenty-seven hours, it will like a life time, as I see the old neighbourhood again. I can only predict what it will be like, but I am sure it will be the same place I left only fifteen month ago. I am looking forward to the trailing, but not to going back.

Let us just say that I have grown accustom to the clean air, little to no traffic, and the sound of nothing, except maybe the odd truck or two here in Thornhill, BC. The Shock of going back, to Surrey, BC, might be too much for my body. It has grown soft with living with less pollution and stress. Oh, and I am sure the water is going to taste the same too.

I guess I will be leaving on Tuesday morning, and then coming back the next night.

The Photo: A bird’s nest in a tree at the North West end of George Little Park in Terrace, BC on December 1st, 2018.

Still No Snow, and it is December in the Skeena Valley.

Continuing off from my last post, me and Suz, were heading out to see some of the various craft fairs in town, and I took this shot from George Little Park in down town Terrace, BC., looking towards the Sportsplex, up on the hill, to show that not one flake of snow has fallen on the ground. So we made it to December, and still no sign of snow. They say (Environment Canada) we will get a arctic outflow starting in the new week, but it will be clear up and give us sunny skies. No snow in that forecast, just some freezing temperatures. I will take it!

Now, for the record, I am not complaining one bit. These are posts are full of “joy and happiness” that I do not have to shovel. I know the wildlife, and the trees, will suffer if this continues, but for having such a “cushy” season, hey, I am not complaining one bit. But you do need to wear a toque if you my kind of hair style–near shaved off.

The Guns Get A Bath: The Guns and Hoses Hockey Game In Terrace BC

Tonight game was the Tenth annual game between the various police departments and fire fighters from around the Skeena Valley and North Coast of British Columbia. This is a charity event, and rumour has it, over sixteen grand was raised tonight. This event brought quite a few people to see it. It is more than just a contest of hockey, it is for a good cause and good time. However, the Fire fighters were all over Law Enforcement from the first face-off, and they easily held their goal lead to the vary end, washing the guns down to a score of eight to four.

Even with more players in reserve, the Guns just could not get it together on the ice. The majority of the Hoses’ goals were scored in the first period, while the Guns tried to turn up the heat in the Third, it just was not enough.

It was all great to see. The puck toss was great, but I am not sure on how much money was won from that. Plus there was a 50/50 draw and other money raised. The half time event of the very young kids playing a period hockey, was awesome to watch too. Now we know where are future players are coming from for years to come. It was a great night out. Hope to see you here next year!

Silhouettes on Lakelse Lake

Me and Suz., went for a quick hike down to Lakelse Lake, just South of Thornhill, BC, where we walked the Gruchy‚Äôs Beach Trail, at the Northern end of the lake. We choose this trail because it is quick to walk back and forth, and just long enough to get a workout on. But, there was the lake, so I took my camera along. With just some high altitude cloud, a setting mid fall sunset, and just the right amount of ground fog rolling in, it was a picture perfect day–so to speak.

The lake itself was almost perfectly flat, as there was no breeze on the water, and the light reflecting from off of it was a beautiful yellow and blue colour. The above shot was an unexpected opportunity of playing around with silhouettes in amongst the reflections from off of the lake, with two women, also photographers, and their dog, in the mid-ground of the shot.

I like the shot a lot, and will keep it for my main photo album for 2018.

ADDED: I should throw this photo into this post too. I shot this from Gruchy’s Beach, using my 300mm telephoto lens. Because of the low light, I used a soften filter on the image to keep that dreamy look that I saw when looking at it with my eyes.

I love the colours, and the way they reflect of the calm lake.

 

A Cup of Golden Tea, On a Lazy Morning

I thought I would change things up a bit, switching to tea, rather than coffee. So, this morning, I hauled out the electric kettle, and made myself some Earl Grey Tea, which I bought the day before. In three letters, I would describe it like this, “mmm.” Yes, it was that good. Not as good as some of the teas I have sipped on from various restaurants, but very close.

It was such a great morning that I sat by the window, watched the snow clouds move down the valley from the North, and absorbed the winter’s sunlight, as it filtered through the North side window of my compartment. It was peaceful, and not even the cranky neighbour, down a door from me, could alter the moment. First sip, a wash of goodness over my body. Second sip, bliss. Third sip, the cup is now half empty. And then I let loose a relaxing sigh that melts away the soreness of my muscles, as I sit back in my comfy chair.

No, nature has a way of taking back what was once hard fought for; the heat soon cools, and the cup no longer lets the long stringy columns of steam wash into the air. In minutes, the tea tastes bitter, and the flavours tainted. I let loose another sigh, and declare it is time to start the day.

Driftwood on the Beach of Douglas Channel

We went out to Kitimat for a little day trip. We went down Alcan Road, to a place called Hospital Beach (I think is the name) just to see all the LNG stuff that is taking place there. We saw the dredgers out in the harbour, and the property where the workers are going to stay while they build the LNG facility–it is the same place as where the RioTino worker were housed.

But while we were there, I took some photos of the beach, and to my surprise, the photos turn out awesome. The driftwood shots turned out great. Well, gotta go and start the work week. The photo was taken on November 13, 2018.

Forget Vancouver… and its Bridges!

This morning, I was reading the CBC.ca Website, and they posted an article, that talked about the best way to photograph Vancouver, British Columbia, was through photographing the bridges, but from underneath. Well,  I have been shooting bridges, both on top, and bottom, for years. Why, this last weekend, I got a shot of the Dudley Little Bridges, but from underneath. So, here is my photo of, capturing Terrace, BC, and the Skeena Valley, from under the bridge from last Sunday, on November 11, 2018.

If you read the article, it says that the “Internet knows best how to photograph Vancouver, BC.” You photograph it from underneath. And, I have to agree, if you want to see the best side of Vancouver, you look at the bridges. And, to see the architecture of a bridge, you look at from the water and river banks. And Vancouver has some really awesome bridges.

Terrace and Thornhill, British Columbia, on the other hand, have only one bridge (The Skeena River Bridge, 1925) that has some really amazing architecture, while the other, more newer “Dudley Little Bridges, (1975)” are kind of “meh”? I mean they did things very “plain and practical” back then in the mid ’70s. So the “new bridge,” as we like to call it, was built to serve one purpose: to get cars and trucks across the Skeena River, safely, and as efficiently, as possible. As far as looks go, well, lets just say, it is a bridge. But perhaps this is the hidden beauty of the Skeena Valley?

CBC news article: “The best way to photograph Vancouver is from under a bridge, apparently,” From CBC.ca Website, on November 13, 2018.

100 Years of Remembering

The Centennial Anniversary of the 1918 Armistice has arrived, and it got me thinking, putting time in perspective, it was not that long ago in terms of history. In Canada, we celebrate it as Remembrance Day on every November 11, so every year, just about every community has Cenotaphs that people lay their wreaths and Red Poppies at. There is usually a parade, but everywhere people are asked to give two minutes of silences, to pay tribute to those who fought and gave their lives during those days of war. 

So lets do the Maths on this. I am just over fifty, so, when I was born, the end of the First Wold War was just under fifty years old, and the end of the Second World War was just about thirty years old by then. The Korean War had ended just over a decade ago, and I was alive during the Vietnam War. (All these dates are approximations) And yet, looking back before my time was almost impossible, or impossible to find a context to put it in. As a kid, time was not relative, as I did not fully understand it, as my life experience was so little to draw upon. And this is why we need Remembrance Day. It is away to put all of this into perspective, and above all, never to forget, which can easily happen when you were never born during that time, and never experienced it.

Regrettably, never forgetting does not mean we have learned our lessons, as Wars are common throughout mankind’s history. We seem to allow history repeat itself at an almost rhythmic pattern, and conflicts are a constant drone throughout the world. Wars are fought differently now, compared to a hundred years. As my grade seven teacher once told us in class, “then, you could see the face of your enemy, but today, an ocean can separate you,” (Mr. Simons, Circa. 1979). So perhaps remembering could put things into perspective, and may cool the tensions of allowing wars to ignite. We can only hope, but we must never forget. 

A Night Out – The Terrace Symphony Orchestra

As part of our “culture” requirements, me Suzette went for a night out to the R.E.M. Lee Theatre to see the Terrace Symphony Orchestra, with their performance called, “Music Through Time: 1680 – 2012 – Today,” at 7:00pm. And yes, this included lots of Halloween costumes, since part of the event featured a costume parade for the children, live on stage. It was a wonderful even, and we were entrained very well. For the evening out to this event, it was very reasonable in priced, at just only six dollars, all an awesome price for some live classical music, and great entertainment. Even one of the local school choirs sang two songs, with the Orchestra backing them up. And I shot some video!

The costume that some of the folks made were incredible. All the players and musicians dressed up for this. Some were cute, and others were very intricate. I think the guy in the Red Lobster suit looked awesome, and the and Cello player who dressed up as an Elf as Santa’s Little Helper, looked the most colourfull. Oh, and cannot for get the Energizer Bunny! LOL.

The above shot is the children who sang in the choir, called “The Ecole Mountainview School Choir,” who sang two songs. The event featured an audience sing-a-long, and a chance to be a Conductor, leading the Orchestra for one whole piece.  Four young people were chosen for that, and there were a couple volunteers who really hammed it up!

The video is the Costume Parade, with the music “The Teddy Bear Picnic,” playing in the background. I posted this up on YouTube, for all to see. It was a great event to watch, and next year, I highly recommend you get out to see them play.