In just five days, it seems quite a few critters posed for my camera. They are not exotic, but each lingers in my memory. I am sharing them today with Eileen's 82nd posting of the Saturday's Critters meme. Thank you so much, Eileen!
This goes back to Monday, July 6th at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park. It's not a great shot, but the dragonfly looked me in the eye just before I clicked it.
This next set of photos was Tuesday, July 7th at Granville Island. We sat listening to this lady busker. She was cheery and unassuming and the mood of her songs was just right for the day. Best of all, we saw her later, some time after she had finished her performance, still humming a tune to herself as she walked. Oh, yes, the critters. Mostly seagulls and pigeons. Parents love to bring their children to this spot. Kids stamp their feet and laugh uproariously as they disturb the pigeons or seagulls eating up the pieces of white bread and other junk food people throw on the ground. The parents seem to love this. They take photos of their kids and everyone thinks it is cute. I know it is a rite of passage for kids to feed ducks and pigeons and other birds. Wouldn't it be just as much fun for the parents, and a life lesson for their children, if they fed seeds or other fare that is designed to keep the birds healthy? And would it be so against that rite-of-passage if the beginning lessons to treat all life with respect were instilled? They could watch the birds, follow their flights when they choose to fly, admire their colours, and find a more gentle way to enjoy them. I would love that.
I think she may have been a bit miffed that she was completely ignored..
The following day, we rode our bikes along the Coal Harbour route and stopped to enjoy some quiet time on a park bench by the water. This Flicker (perhaps a young male?) was happily hunting in the grass. He was not at all disturbed by my camera, or for that matter, by Black Jack (she has no interest in birds).
The Flicker seemed to follow my path and finally settled by the flowers.
I left him and walked around the corner to the pond. The lily pads hosted many..
I sat with them for a while and suddenly noticed this impossible to miss dog with a pink (champagne) tail. As with my comment about sun hats, I know that Black Jack's tail is likely to remain black for the appreciable future. However, as with the comment made about the Chihuahuas, this dog was stimulated,
This is Sami. His human told me that Sami was turning 8 on this very day (the 8th) and that, apparently, evokes champagne symbolism.
this site. Perhaps someone will fill me in. In the mean time, I know a happy dog when I see one. Happy Birthday, Sami! May you continue to live a full and very long life.
that day did I take a moment to discover that it was critter-related :) I checked out the web site of the artists. The quote at the top says: "We get together. We come up with ideas. We create. We feel better." Sounds like a plan to me.
Yesterday, (Friday, July 10th), we started out on our bikes to English Bay but stopped almost immediately to check out these "critters".. okay, maybe not officially critters, but surely, not quite your everyday humans :)
And, just to prove critters were never far from the scene, this little dog raced around the field, oblivious to the Bubble Ball game.
Black Jack loves that Bill takes her pretty well anywhere she wants to go.
She loves to explore the shore line..
I saw the same insects (as the one two photos above) scurrying around in the rocks. Black Jack saw them too.