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Snippets From Vancouver Travels

A few shots from my travels around Vancouver today.

hitchhiking spider
This wee arachnid managed to hang on to the side of the car for several kilometers and several stops. I finally took pity and eased it off and into some grass.

window strike goldfinch
Sad to come across what was likely a window-strike goldfinch. It was so pretty I was tempted to take it home, but I’m no taxidermist. I moved it into some shrubbery.

stop harper sign
I ran across several of these modified signs in a Vancouver ‘hood today. Seeing as they must have been tagged years ago, it’s interesting that city crews haven’t removed the additions : -).

Thanks Burnaby Firefighters for Dealing with Blaze in Byrne Creek Ravine Park

Heartfelt thanks to City of Burnaby firefighters who dealt with a blaze in Byrne Creek Ravine Park today.

Also thanks to City of Burnaby staff for calling volunteer streamkeepers to keep us in the loop.

I was invited to take a look, but since firefighters were still working on it, I was asked not to go in all the way.

It’s been so hot and dry this summer, and the City of Burnaby added extra No Smoking in Parks and on Trails signs in the area, but we regularly saw inconsiderate smokers putting the park and their neighbours at risk.

Please, please, what does it take for people to act responsibly?

I don’t know if smoking caused this blaze, but I wouldn’t be surprised. I documented the mass of butts on trails in the area in a post earlier this summer.

byrne creek park fire


I was allowed to go this far, wearing my safety vest and with an invitation from City staff.

UPDATE: Burnaby Now report here.

Rain, Wonderful Rain in Burnaby, BC

It’s not too often that we want rain here on the west coast of British Columbia. But it’s been so dry for so long that today’s steady drizzle is a welcome respite.

The air smells fresh and the balcony plants and ravine forest are sucking up moisture.

We’re fortunate that this welcome precipitation has arrived as a slow, steady drizzle. With it being dry for so long, a downpour would have just run off the parched soil.

plants rain burnaby bc

White Rock Beach Walk Bird Action

We heard there was less smoke down in White Rock, BC, than around here in Burnaby, so we headed down for a beach walk today. It certainly was more pleasant near the water.

white rock beach walk
There were several killdeer flitting about the water’s edge


Mallards in flight

Not sure what kind of dove this is. Have asked some experts. . .
UPDATE: Eurasian Collared-Dove


Cormorant off the pier


Yumi shot me on the pier


We came across this massive old log that must have been part of a logging operation