I learned about the Escape Velocity races from a co-worker and have been waiting for some good weather to make my first 'self assignment'. The weather today wasn't optimal but not that bad and my shutter finger has been getting unbearably itchy so I drove out to Abbotsford to give sports photography a try.
Granville Island has a history nearly as old as Vancouver itself. Vancouver’s original name was Granville until it was changed in 1886 and the island has gone through many changes since then. A significant reclamation project in 1915 increased the size and stability of Granville Island (then called ‘Industrial Island’ - but the name didn’t stick long). By 1923 the ‘island’ was covered in corrugated tin buildings, a practice that has remained today.
The Bloedel Conservatory is part of Queen Elizabeth Park, an oasis in the middle and highest point of Vancouver. It is a dome that contains tropical, subtropical and a small desert climate. 500 varieties of plants and over 100 free-flying exotic birds.
Coming into the warm, humid air from the grey, chilly winter day fogged up my glasses (and my camera lens - be prepared for that). This place always fills me with a calm that I can only attribute to the dense, beautiful nature in the conservatory.
The Sunshine Coast is a great place for photographic opportunities. A 40 minutes ferry ride from Vancouver lands you in Gibsons BC where you can find 'Molly's Reach', a restaurant from the 1980s TV series 'BeachCombers' as well as a great waterfront community.
Driving northwest on the Sunshine Coast Highway for 45 minutes will bring you to Sechelt. Another small gem of a community with Porpoise Bay to the north and the Salish Sea to the south.