Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Tonight there was a complete lunar eclipse. You can see just a hint of the moon peeking out from the earth's shadow. I went for a walk to watch it playing hide and seek with the clouds. Unfortunately the photograph doesn't show what I saw. There was an interesting coral orange glow to the moon in the earth's shadow. It was fun to watch and wait to see it happen. The next lunar eclipse to be seen in this area will not be until 2010 when the Olympics come to Vancouver. Click on the picture to see it larger.
Earlier this week we had a couple of lovely sunny days. After work on Monday I came home, grabbed my camera and went to take some pictures of the snowdrops and crocuses in the gardens. The crocuses look like they are reaching up to be sheltered by the snowdrops in this picture.
These snowdrops look like they are picking up their petticoats to bow before you.
I'm not sure what the name of this flowering shrub is, but the buds almost look like pink raspberries ready to be eaten. In the late afternoon sun they glowed against the blue of the Fraser River.
These crocuses were enjoying the warm rays of the sun.

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Today is that special birthday that you are the age the year you are born! Yesterday I celebrated by driving down to Smokey Point in Washington state with two other Aquarian friends and a friend who was born on April Fool's Day.

We had a wonderful day shopping and having lunch despite the rainy weather. I hope all who share this day with me had a happy day with family and friends!

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Spring is just around the corner...the mountains had a fresh dusting of snow yesterday morning and I went out for a lovely walk after having brunch with a friend. You can see the Skytrain, Patullo and train bridges over the Fraser River with the mountains behind. The paddlewheeler "The Native" can be seen on the left with the Samson V sternwheeler is just behind. I spotted these snowdrops blooming in my friend Rita's garden. I'll have to go back and see when more of them come out. A sure sign that Spring is near.
No walk is complete without a brief stop at the witch hazel plant. It is covered with buds right now. The yellow one is harder to get pictures of and I do love the orange/yellow of this one better. It looked so lovely in the bright sunshine on Groundhog day.