Thursday, 31 December 2015

December 31, 2015!

Last night was another gorgeous sunset and I'm guessing tonight will be close to the same.  I've enjoyed looking at the crane lit up with Christmas lights each evening.  I think my dad was one of the first electricians in Vancouver to string lights up on the cranes in the 1960's.  He told stories of stringing them as the cranes were working swinging high over the downtown streets.
 I went for a walk along the quay and as I exited my condo I noticed there were still areas of frost in the courtyard.  These leaves looked so delicate.
 These ones were even more beautiful to me.

Out on the quay the pampas grass was frozen in the wind.
 Behind me I heard some chirping and spotted these little chickadees.
 This guy turned his back on me just as I took the picture.
 Roses still blooming despite the cold weather.
 Bare trees in the landscape strip between the boardwalk and brick walkway.
 I heard a buzzing and saw this drone overhead...great I hope there isn't a camera attached.
 The mountains to the east are snow capped as are all the local ones.
 The paddle wheeler on the right is called the Native and the one beyond is the Samson IV.
 Reflections of the supports of the hotel above the river.
 The Samson IV is permanently moored for all to visit.
 The world's largest tin man got a recent paint job and is all shiny and smart looking again.
 He has a guardian looking over him.
 At the crest of the sky train bridge you can see a four car sky train, beyond is the Patullo Bridge, then a train bridge and to the right you can almost see the new Port Mann bridge.

 The train bridge rotates to allow larger ships and barges pass by.
 Love locks on part of the chain link fence.
 I walked down to the Westminster Pier Park, old logs hold up a huge sand bed where you can play beach volley ball on the sand.  Too cold today as you can see by the lingering frost.
 I love the look of old drift wood.
 As close as I could get to the underside of the sky train bridge crossing the Fraser River.
 I have yet to cross over on the sky train.
 Four large train cars are part of a permanent art installation.
 Here is some information and a suggestion to take selfies in front of the display.

Walking back and looking at the Alex Fraser Bridge crossing the south arm of the Fraser.
 Many playgrounds and school yards have these fish that have been painted by school children.
 There is a long expanse of these fish along the river.  Love the polka dot guys and the very realistic one on the right.
 At the River Market there is a walkway over the railroad tracks decorated with colourful lanterns for the season.
Our new convention centre is that building on the right of the photo.

 This beauty berry plant is a favourite of mine.
 Another rose still in bloom.
 Can you imagine what those Palm Trees are thinking of this cold weather?
 Have a lovely and safe New Year's Eve I'm looking forward to see what 2016 has to share with us all!


WoolenSails said...

I think this sunset was the best, gorgeous, deep shades. Lots of beautiful photos, would love to bring my camera to your area, such a beautiful place. Happy New Year to you and your family.


Sheila said...

Thanks for sharing all the great photos , lovely seeing them . Can't believe you still have roses blooming , Happy New Year .

The little book of Nessie said...

Lovely pictures, Happy New Year Sandi. Regards, Nessie