Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Canada in a Nutshell

     Why is it that when I go on vacation and have ZERO supplies of any kind with me- I feel the most inspired? Hubby and I took a road trip north of the border for an extended weekend and I didn't even pack a Micron to doodle with.  But I snapped plenty of pictures to remain in my brain for when I do get back in my den.
     We headed north and into beautiful Canada, Richmond and Vancouver to be more exact. No solid plans outlined but a hotel reservation on the outskirts and the possibility of imbibing a good brew. Ok- so that's not completely true- I had found out about the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park but hubby is not keen on heights so I knew it would depend on whether or not he would be able to handle the bridge. Luckily after a sketchy start, he managed and we went forward.  Here's a few pics of our weekend. It is a touristy location. We got there well before it opened to snag a parking spot and it allowed me to get some clean shots of the bridge without the hoards of people. 

    So you walk across the main bridge- it's only 450 feet long and 230 feet high. I felt the photos exaggerated the size. Overlooking the river gorge below. Not surprising none of my photos ON the bridges turned out sharp... all blurry. Because the bridge doesn't stop shaking exacerbated by a non-helpful camera setting. lol  On the other side of this bridge is the Treetop Adventure- just a series of bridges among the tree tops, not too high off the ground, but I imagine if you fell you'd either break your neck or suffer serious injury, not necessarily death.  'Cause that is how my brain functions.

     Lastly there is the Cliff Walk portion of the park. It's not bouncy at all, The path is cabled into the side of the cliff. It was fascinating and beautiful. That's when I realized my camera was set on a setting I had no idea what it was doing but hubby wasn't going to go through it again so I could retake the photos. Such a party pooper... kidding! He was a good sport for getting across the main bridge and yes- you had to cross it again to get back out. 

    Again- we were ahead of the crowds just enough to get clean shots with no people. Which is great, but you have no sense of proportion or scale. I LOVED this totem statue. It was a very clean park, no gum stuck everywhere, no graffiti carved or marked anywhere. (of course they had signs to not do that) But still, compared to every spot in the US- it would have been destroyed with senseless graffiti. 

     We also ventured out into Vancouver as well. We went to the aquarium where the highlight for me was the HUGE jellyfish exhibits... HUGE! They had several varieties in their own tanks.  Afterwards we walked along the famed seawall at Stanley Park. It was beautiful. It was a cool day with plenty of sunshine. Perfect for a stroll along the water. 

     Apparently the mark on my lens is INSIDE the camera- and with it being a point and shoot- I have NO idea how to remove it. I guess it's my new watermark?  meh....

So that was my weekend. Now I'm gonna see if I can tap into the inspiration that hit me when I was away from home.
Oh yeah.... I forgot one more photo - just for fun...

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