Spent an hour or two taking photos at Burnaby Lake this morning. It was a lovely half-summer half-autumn day with crisp sunlight and a bit of mist for atmosphere.
I attended the “Official Dedication and Unveiling of the New Commemorative Paving Stones at Citizen’s Plaza” at Burnaby City Hall today.
It was a lovely, sunny, autumn day, with a congenial crowd of local volunteers, City staff, and politicians. In addition to the unveiling of redone commemorative paving stones (they’d faded over the years), the event was also an opportunity to recognize several Burnaby Citizen of the Year Kushiro Cup award recipients, inductees to the Burnaby Business Hall of Fame, and the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame. These awards had been presented at previous events, but it was nice for recipients to get another round of public appreciation.
The event was combined with an Open House at City Hall, and many City departments had displays.
People checking out commemorative paving stones
Burnaby Art Gallery booth
Burnaby has an ongoing eco-sculpture program. There were several sheep on display in readiness to be planted for the upcoming Year of the Ram (Sheep)
Burnaby Fire Department presence
Burnaby RCMP booth
Monument in City Hall garden commemorating volunteers
Paving stones commemorating the four founding members of the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers
Whidbey Island in Washington State has become one of our favorite camping destinations. There are several state parks on the island, which, depending on time at the border, takes about two-and-half to three hours to reach from our home in Burnaby, BC.
Yumi scanning the ocean at Deception Pass State Park west beach
Seal pup on rocky outcropping near the west beach at Deception Pass State Park
Sunset at Deception Pass State Park west beach
Love the grainy detail on the handle on a beach BBQ box
The wharf at Coupeville, a funky town mid-island
We’ve grown to love Whidbey Island ever since we “discovered it” several years ago. Lots of nature, wonderful state parks, lovely beaches, a variety of wildlife, yet all accompanied by easy access to groceries, shopping, etc.
And the state parks are quiet. We marvel at how even on busy weekends campers are near totally silent by 9:30 and definitely by the 10:00 pm quiet time.
The Alta Vista Park Community Picnic in South Burnaby is always a great event. It’s truly a community gathering, and the organizers are excellent.
Byrne Creek Streamkeepers have participated for many years, and it’s one of our favourite events.
Some photos from yesterday:
Organizers with local politicians
Arts and crafts
Burnaby Fire Department
Air guitar contest led by the popular band Rainshadow
Gorgeous day today on the Duffy Lake Road loop. Burnaby > Whistler > Pemberton > Lillooet > Lytton > Hope > Burnaby.
I try to do this loop at least once every couple of years. You can do it fairly comfortably in a day, with several stops here and there along the way.
Spruce Sawyer, I’m told. That looks right.
Google Maps has the trip at 580km and about 8 driving hours
Tonight I started the process of copying my photos to my new Windows 8.1 computer. I have set up the Photos folder to automagically redirect to the D drive (second 2TB hard drive that I specified to be installed in the new system).
The new computer is now copying 154,596 files, for a total of 1.22TB from a NAS (network attached storage) backup system. Windows 8.1 estimates that this will take about 12 hours. Initially it thought 17 hours. OK, now 8.5 hours. Whatever. That’s why it’s great to have more than one computer when you rely on them for business and pleasure. I am writing this on my Mac Mini that I mostly use to fool around on.
I like having my photos on an internal HD. Faster access than on a NAS or external USB drive. I use NAS and USB for backup.
Several photographers were excited about this Green Heron, at Piper Spit at Burnaby Lake, in Burnaby, BC, today.
Wood ducks are gorgeous — males so flamboyant, females pretty, both sexes shy. Here’s one from Piper Spit at Burnaby Lake today. I had an errand to run in north Burnaby, so I brought the camera along for a stop at the lake on the way home.