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March 3rd, 2011 (09:55 am)

On Monday, I caught the shuttle bus to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It was a misty day, and there was still a lot of snow about to reflect the light, so the pictures have come out slightly overexposed, and I've tried to darken them in Photo Explosion :-)

This gives you some idea of the height of the trees:

And this is the bridge, which is made from reinforced steel anchored in concrete (and which can support a large number of elephants per square foot, apparently):

(No, they're not waving at me, but at the woman standing beside me!)

This is Kia'palano, part of the visitor centre, where -- on sunnier days -- First Nations artists demonstrate their traditional crafts, such as wood carving and basket weaving, and answer visitors' questions:

These are 'story poles':

And here they are, lurking in the Forest, like in an Emily Carr painting:

Armed with a quarter pound of maple fudge, I shuffled my way across the bridge. This is the view straight down, from the centre:

And here are some glimpses of the boardwalk, which -- unfortunately -- was closed that day because of the snow but, if you've read any of my Lord of the Rings stories, you may recognise parts of 'Eryn Carantaur':

At the other side of the bridge there's an information centre, where visitors can sit to eat their sandwiches. It made me think of my 'market flet'.

Walking very slowly, I followed the slippery path, taking zillions of photographs of snowy trees. These are some of the best:

Then I climbed up onto the tree top walk and, holding everyone up, clambered along the walkways, taking more pictures:

Here's the information centre/market flet again, seen from above:

And here's another flet, built around two massive trees:

Unfortunately, I didn't see any elves...


Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)

Oh yes - certainly Eryn Carantaur. Now I wonder when we will find out how many oliphaunts can cross some of the bridges there...

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 4th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)

Considerably fewer oliphaunts, I think :-)

Posted by: Maz (thismaz)
Posted at: March 12th, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)

Beautiful pictures. I have just caught up with your last three posts, in one go. You did yourself an injustice when you said you weren't good with a camera, these are wonderful shots. And I totally agree with you about how having a camera with you helps you to see things that you wouldn't normally notice. Strange, isn't it?

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: March 12th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

I totally agree with you about how having a camera with you helps you to see things that you wouldn't normally notice. Strange, isn't it?

It was as though I was looking at things on someone else's behalf. I sometimes go on holiday with my brother and sister-in-law, and they've always driven me crazy with their cameras. I used to think that they didn't look because they were too busy taking pictures, but now I have to eat my hat!

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