Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hi-Res Photo Downloads

Have you ever looked at my photos and wanted them bigger, better and on your computer? Well now you can! I am now uploading the original copies of my photos so that you can enjoy them in their full hi-res glory. You can download individual pics, or full sets by clicking on the following image in the "Vids & Pics" section on any of my blog's pages.

If you have any problems downloading the photos just let me know and I'll see what I can do. So, download and enjoy!

P.S. If you want to download my videos, you can do this from the video's vimeo page. This just requires signing up for a free vimeo account, and the download link can be found in the bottom right hand corner of the video's page.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Queen Elizabeth Park

The day following my afternoon in Downtown Vancouver, I visited Queen Elizabeth Park.

The park isn't that big (especially compared to Stanley Park), but was great to look at on a sunny day like the one I went on.

Furthermore, the park is the highest point within the city of Vancouver, so the view was spectacular.

At the centre of the park is the Bloedel Floral Conservatory. It was nice to look at, but I didn't enter as I didn't want to spend the money, and the weather was just too good outside.

Just beyond the conservatory was a fountain surrounded by places to sit. It would have been a perfect place to chill and have lunch. Unfortunately I hadn't brought any food with me, so I just chilled, took photos and recorded the fountain doing its fountain thing.

One of the mountains visible from the park is Grouse Mountain. I wonder if that's walking distance.

Continuing my walk around the park it was clear that it has a strong emphasis on horticulture. Quarry gardens, rose gardens etc., they put a lot of work into it.

I should also mention there is a restaurant in the park called "Seasons in the Park".

Just looking at the place I figured it would be a bit pricey to actually eat there, so I waited until I left the park, and grabbed a sub sandwich from a Subway downtown. Maybe I'll come back when I've earned a bit more cash.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Downtown Vancouver

It was a wonderfully sunny day, so I went into Downtown Vancouver. The general plan was to see some of the many interesting examples of public art that can be found all over the place.

I started at English Bay beach, which had many visitors due to the weather.

I then proceeded along the shoreline opposite Granville Island.

As usual I got hungry, so I decided to traverse northwards through downtown to a bistro I had visited on my first day in Vancouver.

It was really great chilling here, looking out at the North Shore, while munching on a delicious sandwich, and swigging some ale! Here is a short video clip for your viewing pleasure.

I finally caught the bus back to my place, and noticed this while waiting for its arrival.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Deep Cove

A couple of weeks ago a friend and ex-colleague from Safeway, Liz, sent me a message asking if I wanted to go to a place called Deep Cove. I of course agreed, but on the day we planned to go we decided to cancel due to the weather. We thought it was going to rain, but it didn't, but it was a very gloomy day.

Then the day we eventually went on had fantastic weather, good call Liz!

We started the day at Cates Park and walked around to the cove through the residential area in-between. I of course asked whether Kate knew we were in her park, yeah, terrible, I know. Anyway, the view that the houses in the area had from their windows screamed "expensive property". The view was stunning, especially on a day like the one we had.

A nice little treat as we made our way to the cove was discovering an Easter tree in the front of one of the homes. Liz got very excited about this.

Not long later we reached Deep Cove.

The harbour has a great view across the Indian Arm and out towards the Belcarra Regional Park.

Walking across the cove we came across a dude performing an interesting sport known as slacklining. Liz was rather impressed with the skill being displayed, as was I. For your viewing pleasure I recorded a short clip of the guy doing his thing.

We then proceeded to the Baden-Powell Trail which led us to Quarry Rock, this looked out over Deep Cove and beyond; it was an awesome view.

After heading back down the trail we ended the day with doughnuts at a place in Deep Cove. All in all it was a great day out.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Millstream Trail

A couple of miles north of where I live in West Vancouver I discovered the Millstream Trail. It's not a long trail, but does go through a really great wooded area. Furthermore, the walk to the trail was awesome, but for completely different reasons. Finally, to top it off, the trail comes out at a great spot overlooking the whole of Vancouver! But let's start at the beginning; about 2 walking minutes north of my place is Highway 1, and just beyond it is the neighbourhood known as "British Properties"

The houses in this residential area are just amazing. If I had mountains of cash and wanted to move to Canada on a permanent basis, I'd want to live here for sure!

Not only are the houses awesome, but the view of Vancouver you would have from your window is staggering! I doubt it would ever get boring.

So, after an hour of admiring the homes of Vancouver's ridiculously rich I came to the trail in question. In case you want to know, the trail starts at the intersection of Millstream Road and Eyremount Drive.

The trail begins to the right of this signpost, just beyond the house you can see in the background.

A few days before I took this walk there had been a lot of snow, and the trail was still covered in it. Also, the streams were partly frozen. I'm glad I chose a warm day to do this one.

I was actually pleased when I read the warning sign for the trail. The line "This property is presently an undeveloped wilderness in its natural state" was exactly what I wanted. I just hope areas like this stay the way they are.

That said, I was a little dismayed when I came across an obstacle to my journey. I called this obstacle "The Fail Bridge". The bridge across a small stream had collapsed and been taped off.

However, this did not stop me, and I found a way across the stream a few metres up from the bridge. Fail bridge failed again, ha! So I continued on the trail and was happy to find that the other bridges had not gone the same way as the first.

As mentioned before the trail ended at a great little spot overlooking Vancouver called the "Hi-view Lookout". The view was amazing, and you could see for miles and miles!

In this pic (from top to bottom) is the sky, Vancouver, Downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park, the Burrard Inlet, West Vancouver and some trees. You can also see Vancouver Island from this point, but the sun was in that direction, and I doubt any photos would have come out very well even if it hadn't been.

So after some time admiring the view I set off back along the trail and home, where I ate straight away as I stupidly didn't think to pack a lunch and was rather peckish by the time I got back.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Rogers Plus

I should probably mention that I left the Safeway meat wrapping job, and am currently working at a "Rogers Plus" video rental store. It's much more my scene, and also much closer to where I live. Furthermore, I'm getting better pay and more hours!

Also, to top it off I can get 2 free rentals a day, which trumps the 10 a week I got at Blockbuster. Win!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

West Vancouver Seawall

Today I went for a stroll along the "West Vancouver Seawall". It was late afternoon, and the sun was beginning to creep towards the horizon. This and the looming clouds gave me some pretty good pics in my opinion.

The walk isn't particularly long (10 blocks), so leaving late wasn't a problem. I knew what time it was due to this being at the start of the walk.

A few minutes in and I stopped at a pier, and met Bob. He also seemed to be enjoying the view.

At another pier and I meet Bob's bro Terry.

At the end of the walk I was surprised to find this interesting feature. It is simply entitled "German Friendship Globe".

However, the most surprising thing about this is that the globe is slowly rotating! Very cool.

As usual you can view more photos by following the associated pics link on the right.