Friday, November 21, 2014

Warmth and Light on a Rainy Vancouver Day

The Orange You Glad It's Friday blog meme came to mind a few weeks ago when I noticed a new art/ad installation in Vancouver's Yaletown-Roundhouse sky train station.  Last evening, I crossed to the other side of Mainland Street to try to get a larger perspective.  Bill and Black Jack posed, while people and smart phones made their way by the corner of Davie Street, bodies leaning in the direction of home after long work days (how I saw them). 
Bill had suggested I cross the street with my too-large lens.  "Just wave in the direction you want me to stand," he said.  He moved around according to my wave and I noticed people catching the interaction between us, some even waiting for me to get the shot.  When both Bill and Black Jack's gaze turned to their right, I followed them..     
to see these three lithesome critters making their way past the station.
Somehow, though we saw names of Vancouver businesses, 
the big picture, even from inside the station, struck me more as art than advertisement.  
Perhaps, the goal was to send subliminal messages but what I liked and took away with me was the play of light over a maze of shapes and letter directions.   
We stopped in after that at little store near the corner that sells a variety of clothes and gifts.  It's so close to home and sometimes, they have practical and reasonably priced things that are needed (sweaters, jackets, gloves, etc) but Bill's attention was caught by this book.
We took a look inside and I smiled.  No need for Bill to read a book like this.  He is a "guy" who "gets" gender differences and understands compromise.  Yeah..  I still pinch myself :) 
A few minutes in any shop is about as long as either of us can handle, and we were happy to step outside.  Across Pacific, the train museum was decked out for the Christmas season.
That museum is staffed by dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers who can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Engine 374, but for kids, the best fun is to ring the bell.  Yes, it is very loud :)
 One final shot to play a bit with angles.
Moving back in time to Wednesday, we had a great ride along English Bay and home via the Coal Harbour route, stopping only once by a favourite pond.  Bill kept Black Jack happy..
 while I checked out the action around the pond.
These aging hosta plants looked to me like a meet-up of women holding mops and brooms.
We have stopped by this pond more times than I can count.  It is always different.  I added definition to this reflection shot, 
 but even (or perhaps, especially) straight out of the camera, 
I found the images delightful.
 We noticed a herd :) of American Wigeons on the other side of the pond.
 They suddenly seemed to panic about something, and though darkness was falling, 
I tried to catch something of their flight.
As said, I see new stuff around the pond every time we go.  The delicate intricacy..
 of these bushes and trees had never caught my eye before.
 We played with Black Jack and then..
Bill picked her up.  She is just so happy..  playing, sitting in Bill's arms, riding in her basket..
 I truly believe these things are all good in her book.
Before we got back on our bikes, we walked to the other side of the bike path.  Traffic lights from the Stanley Park Causeway were reflected in the harbour..
and we watched a few more Wigeons, these perhaps hoping to escape the larger gathering in the pond.  One male (at the top) warned with a "she's mine" look to the male on the right.
 We rode over this wonderful little bridge after that to head back to..
 Harrison Galleries Café for lattés and treats.  They had completely rearranged the art,
 for an opening night presentation of Chris Dahl's paintings, titled The Golden Age.
 Since discovering Harrison Galleries, I've gained a new appreciation for just how much work goes into featuring gallery artists.  
The gallery had been transformed and I thought, for the umpteenth time, 
how fortunate we are to be able to sit with our crosswords and our treats while the art changes around us.  Chris Dahl's work will be featured until November 29th.  Drop in to see it if you are in the Vancouver area.  
And if not, check out his web site (where I've just learned he is also a musician!) or that of any of the other artists so beautifully represented at Harrison's. 
And moving back one more day in time to Monday evening, I took these photos of the Christmas decorations in Urban Fare grocery store, the one just minutes from our apartment.
 Bill was shopping while I waited with Black Jack (yes, as said, I pinch myself pretty often), and as we walked out onto the street, the lights reflected in this limousine-like car were too striking to ignore.  Bill waited while I got the photo and then insisted I go back into..
 the store to get these shots because he just knew that was what I was dying to do :)
 There hasn't been orange in every single shot, but perhaps you have found..
some warmth and light to take you to what I hope will be a wonderful weekend.  Thank you, Maria, for hosting Orange You Glad It's Friday, thank you (always) Bill, and thank you, dear readers for stopping by.


  1. beautiful wigeons and great reflections! lots of orange finds. the mop-women made me laugh, but i totally agree. :)

  2. Bill and Black Jack make such patient models. Always so much variety on your walks.Liked the reflections.

  3. You've got two winners there, for sure! And i love the owls. We get the wigeons down here for part of the winter. We actually had some rain last night -- I would think about a 1/2 inch. It came down hard for quite a while. The creek is already sifting away only about half the water there was at 3:00 in the morning. Oh, but the yard looks so refreshed!

  4. It looks as if Bill has his tried and true older jacket on and is giving the new red one a rest. I like the painting of the dancers … and the names and logos of stores creating one super large design is clever. Orange is such a striking shade perfect for grabbing attention.

  5. Thank you for the wonderful tour and images!! Well seen and photographed. My Fave is the reflection in the water .. very 'painterly' and almost surreal.

  6. Black Jack is a wonderful, playing and even get so many cuddles. The photos are tremendous, thanks BBB.

  7. Loved the reflections--so beautiful! The wigeons are pretty too, and I really like the bridge. I spent my youngest years in Portland nearly in the shadow of the beautiful St. John's bridge, so it's easy for bridges to catch my eye! Also very nice shots of Bill and Black Jack!

  8. Another happy day. I love visiting Harrison Gallery with you and accompanying you on your bike rides! Hugs, Phyllis

  9. Another happy day been had. Enjoyed all. Tour and images.