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Fotowide 46: The unofficial beginning of summer

Spanish Banks, Vancouver, BC, Canada

In Canada, the Victoria Day holiday weekend (a.k.a., “May Two-Four”) marks the unofficial beginning of summer. June’s around the corner, warm weather is present (or on its way, c’mon!), and for many, it’s time to think about heading into the woods for some camping. For those of us in Vancouver, it’s beach weather for a picnic, a swim, a paddle, a row, some volleyball, or simply watch people go by, followed by the sunset over the hills and mountains of the Sunshine Coast.

I made the photo above at Spanish Banks in Vancouver, Canada, on 18 July 2013. This post appears on Fotoeins Wide at, and and is a contribution to Travel Photo Thursday.


Number 35: Vancouver’s Spanish Banks on a sunny summer day

Summer volleyball on the beach: Spanish Banks, Vancouver, BC, Canada

In the doldrums of a long cold grey winter, there must be hope. That hope sustains us to the point where a person can get some sun and some warmth. T-shirt, shorts, jogging or running, or wearing flip-flops onto the beach with sand between the toes, and even, beach volleyball : warmer days are ahead. With that in mind and to provide a stark contrast to the winter version photo at this location, I give you a summertime view at Vancouver’s Spanish Banks …

I made this photo on 18 July 2013. This post appears on Fotoeins WIDE at

Number 31: Fogcouver at dawn

High View Lookout, Barrett's View, Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver, BC, Canada

Winter in Vancouver can often mean an inversion layer where marine fog forms and creeps in from nearby Strait of Georgia to blanket most/all of the area by the water. The city then struggles to get warm under the cool moist air, whereas up high on the local mountains, it can be several degrees warmer (dare I say, “shorts weather”) under the bright sun. Here in this photo made about 40 minutes after sunrise from the High View Lookout on Cypress Mountain is a glorious view of Vancouver. The rest of the photos appear here.

I made this photo on 26 January 2014. This post appears on Fotoeins WIDE at

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Number 30: Vancouver’s Spanish Banks on a grey winter day

Spanish Banks, Salish Sea, English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Even under grey skies, there’s something inherently beautiful about a beach on a winter day with the water and mountains in sight. At low tide, the receding waters reveal mud flats onto which one can walk out for a good kilometre or two. I wrote about my walk through Vancouver’s western beaches including Spanish Banks on my blog.

I made this photo on 11 February 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins WIDE at

Number 8: metal dinosaurs at the watering hole

CenTerm, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, BC, Canada

To borrow a friend’s phrase, this scene appears to show metal dinosaurs out for an early-morning drink. With the knowledge of a 16-plus hour day ahead, the effort of being awake at 415am and present at the waterfront at 5am on Canada Day was worth the quiet surroundings at dawn and the anticipation of a beautiful summer sunrise. To read more about what transpired over the next 16 hours, please read my .

I made the photo above on Canada Day, 1 July 2013. This post appears on Fotoeins Wide at