Posts Tagged ‘pictures’

The Beauty Of Winter

A strange thing happened the other day.
I went up the mountain on an incredibly beautiful winter day
The air was very cold, the brightly shinning sun made the snow sparkle.
I took about a thousand pictures, wanting to capture a perfect day forever.

Grouse

It was also very cold, and I soon discovered that the low temperature and the heat of the sun would prove tricky for my camera.
I learn something new everyday… apparently my camera doesn’t like sudden temperature changes.

Sunburst

Out There Dreamy III

The cold, the heat, and moving my camera around so much (in and out of my bag because it was so cold!) caused my lens to fog up.
It wasn’t just the outside the glass which I could wipe easily with a soft cloth; no, it was condensation inside the lens.

The Chalet II

Tree Carvings Line

I took a couple of pictures before I noticed the blurry/faux-tilt-shift thing going on with my pictures.
I panicked; of course, I panicked but lucky for me there were scientists in our midst.
Plus, I’d read about it before, and knew there wasn’t much to do except let the lens dry naturally.
My lens has since recovered but the pictures remain.

Deer Lake

This past summer we spent time at Deer Lake with my mom.
My goal this summer was for my mom and I to do more things together.
I feel that I don’t spend enough time with her.
The trip to Deer Lake was a few days after my birthday.
It was summer, the weather was awesome and everyone in good spirits.
Perfect for a little getaway…

House

Deer Lake

Mom

Paddlers

E Lake 2 E Lake 5

Over

Deer Lake

ML

Two

Forest

Deer Lake Park

My mom had eye surgery yesterday.
A simple cataract removal procedure; the cataracts, another nasty left-over from her cancer treatments.
The procedure went well and the eye is healing nicely.
When she’s feeling up to it, I think we’d take another trip to the lake.

Cruising the Seine: A Pictorial Journey

A Boat Tour!
Everyone does it while on vacation in Paris.
It’s the top recommendation from travel guides, websites, blogs and random strangers!
On our second day in Paris, we walked from our little apartment in Le Marais feeling very much like locals.

Musée d'Orsay

A few metres on, our cameras come out rendering us into tourists, but that was okay because the sites are incredible and everyone is a tourist.
It was a long walk along, mostly along the Seine towards the Eiffel Tower, that’s where most of the boat tours start off.
A boat cruise is relaxing way to take in the city’s landmarks; most of Paris’ famous sites are along the Seine.
For an hour, I sat back, put my feet up and glided through the sights…

From the Seine

Pont du Carousel

On the Seine

Institut de France

On the Seine

Windows

On the Seine

Tour Eiffel

By the Seine

Gold Statues

View

View from the Seine

Clouds

Sunshine

They were right!
The boat tour is a must.

Tumbleweed

Oval Tumbleweed Lights

Lights

Tumbleweed lights at the new convention centre.

Seattle By Train

I have a bucket list of sorts. It’s very long, and I keep adding to it.
I never cross anything off, unless I do it (or die – which ever comes first)
Most of the things on my list are simple and achievable
Some… not so much, like; ‘take a year out and run a marathon every month’ (who am I kidding?)
Ooh and here’s a good one; ‘participate in the Paris-Dakar Rally…’ (hahaha! My sixteen-year-old self was cute!)

Out to Sea

Taking the train to Seattle has been on my list for a while now, I just hadn’t found the right moment to do it.
I tried once, bought tickets in a hurry, didn’t check and got stuck on an Amtrak supplementary bus service for close to eight hours thanks to a four hour wait at the border!
This time I made sure I was booked on a train; two trains go from Vancouver to Seattle daily –at 6:40AM and 5:45PM.
There’s also a morning and evening service northbound from Seattle.
For the morning ride out, I got to Pacific Central Station early enough to pick up my ticket, check in and go through US Customs.

Silo
Boats Open

The train pulled out of the station around 7:00AM, which was a relief because everyone I’d spoken to about Amtrak Cascades said to expect delays.
A  second customs check was done just before the US border, officers board the train and quickly inspect documents – the whole process took less than ten minutes.

Water
Edmonds, WA Bellingham
Land & Sea & Sky Tracks

It’s a very relaxing and lovely ride; I can’t imagine a more pleasant way to travel, except maybe if I’d splurged and gotten a business class seat…
The journey took four hours, and beats driving by far.
The train stops briefly at five stations between Vancouver and Seattle to pick up and let passengers off.
The scenery is spectacular, starts off with an amazing seascape when you pull into Bellingham, then there’re mountains, scenic farms and incredible clouds.
There’re more beautiful sea scenery, factories and ports when you get closer to Seattle.
The windows are wide and perfect for viewing.

Peace Arch
There were a few things I didn’t like about the journey…
The ticketing process is confusing and bizarre; I don’t understand why you can’t print tickets online.
Instead you print a confirmation, get to the station and look for some guy walking around with a list, if your name is on the list; you show him an ID and get your ticket.
The strange thing is, there aren’t any signs or information on how this process works, so if this was your first time you’d have to ask someone or just stand around aimlessly until you figure it out.

Sea
By Sea, Ships, Clouds
Sails Moving Away
Check-in and Seat assignment again was another disorganized exercise.
People join the line thinking this is where they pick up their tickets (why isn’t there a ticketing kiosk?).
There’s a second line to the side for business class (faster check in) but it’s not clearly marked so people think it’s just a faster moving line.
The check-in line is also slow moving partly because you get there before you find out you have to sign your ticket.
Maybe they were having an off day, and it usually runs smoother.

Mountains

Sea Places
Old Bridge Marina
I think most of my short trips to Seattle will be by train from here on.
It’s comfortable and economical; the return trip costs less than $100.00.
It’s perfect and a little like how I imagined train travel, I pretend I’m traveling somewhere in Europe.
Next on my list for train journeys is the West Highland Line.

In the meanwhile I’m thinking up excuses to go to Seattle.


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