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Vancouver I

February 22nd, 2011 (06:37 am)
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Inspired by curiouswombat, I've been taking some photographs of Vancouver. My camera's quite low resolution -- it's a hand-me-down! -- and I don't have much of an eye, but I plan to take a lot of pictures and just post the best. So,



As I was tramping round English Bay, it started snowing, and two boaters were wishing each other a Merry Christmas:



When I'm in Vancouver I like to buy my newspaper from one of these things (I don't know what it's called), because we don't have them the UK:



The Aquarium is in Stanley Park, which is a tiny bit of temperate rain forest. It was still snowing when I took these two pictures, but the snow doesn't really show. I would have taken more, but my batteries ran out (and so, of course, I thought my camera had broken):





A new set of batteries and $23 later, I went straight to the Beluga whales:



This is the Beluga baby, talking to a Raven:





There's something about watching the Belugas that's really uplifting. They swim through the water as though nothing matters but the joy of moving itself. The baby's affectionate, cuddling up to his mother, and playful, blowing bubbles from his mouth and catching them, and when he sails past you, he smiles. Sadly, this is the best of the under water photographs:



Next, I went to see the dolphins:



I watched them perform part of their display from the underwater viewing area. It's actually much more exciting to watch them underwater, because you can see all the effort they have to put into breaking the surface and recovering again and, when they leap, they seem to disappear for ever. They're fully aware of their audience, giving us a little victory roll as they zoom past. Unfortunately, they move so fast, every one of my underwater photographs turned out like this:



Next I went indoors, to see the tropical fish:



Most of the indoor photos were just colourful blurs, but I managed to get some of The Wonders of the BC Coast:







Outside again, I photographed this salmon, which is carved in the style of the local First Nations' art:



And, finally, I went to the sea otter pool, where this sea otter took great interest in my red bag, which I'd set down close to the glass. The other photographers thought I was some sort of sea otter magnet, and all but pushed me out of the way to take their own pictures, but I stood my ground :-)



Then, on the way back to the hotel, I spotted these lovely things:







Today, I'm going to the Art Gallery, so I may take a few pictures of the shops on the way :-)

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Posted by: Missus Howard (syien_island)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
Knock It Off!

Awwww, I love otters! The other photographers thought I was some sort of sea otter magnet, and all but pushed me out of the way to take their own pictures, but I stood my ground :-)

Good for you! I've been trampled upon by people in the California Academy of Sciences, the Monteray Aquarium, the Exploratorium...mostly by little kids. You're suppose to forgive them because they're teeny.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)

The otters are lovely, aren't they? One year, I paid extra to weigh out their food and feed them.

It's the parents who drive me bonkers. The kids don't know any better, but the parents expect me to treat their offspring like they're the most precious things on earth!

Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
Ewan camera

Clown fish! I love clown fish. I also love the otters (they are so fascinating when they are playing) and the dolphins and belugas (I love the sea mammals).

Great photos! :)

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)

Thanks!

I love the sea mammals

Me too! They also have a sea turtle who's lovely but too camera shy!

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)

I like your pics very much.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)

Thank you!

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Cool

It looks really cold in that first picture - the aquarium seems to be a very good place to spend such a cold day.

The belugas look lovely - and I am rather impressed with the underwater picture of the dolphins.

And Oh! Sea otters - I do love sea otters.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)

I am rather impressed with the underwater picture of the dolphins

They'd be zooming around, twisting, turning, and doing little rolls, and then -- the moment I pressed the button -- they'd go back to their 'stations', with their heads out of the water.

The sea otter was adorable. He waved his paw at one point. And he came right up to the glass and peered out at me, but by the time I'd got the camera sorted, he'd buggered off.

Posted by: Maz (thismaz)
Posted at: February 25th, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)

You have some lovely pictures there. The starfish and corals are wonderful, and the snowdrops look lovely. Bit that sea otter, wow, talk about cute and knows it. *g*

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: February 25th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)

talk about cute and knows it

I know! I swear he waved his paw at me!

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