The lower mainland received about 30 centimeters of snow this week. This created chaos for drivers on the streets and travellers at the airport. I took advantage of the opportunity to get outside and explore with my camera. Click on any photo in the gallery to see a larger image size.
This is one of the last free standing diners left in British Columbia. It opened in 1956 and it reminds me of the quintessential 1950’s diner. I arrived here early in the morning and was excited to see there was no vehicles parked in front. As I was setting up my camera a vehicle pulled up and initially I was a bit disappointed. However, after seeing the image, I think the vehicle, and where it’s parked, actually contributes to the photo. I was fortunate to get this interesting moody sky in the background. This was my first attempt and I think I’ll return and try to capture an image with some falling snow. That would be cool.
I thought this would be a good location to take a photo at sunset or during the blue hour. I love the light you get for a few minutes just after sunset. People who are home, after a long day at work, start turning their interior lights on. Some of these condominiums or apartments are very expensive, and as you can see, your view is of other buildings.
We were treated to a spectacular total lunar eclipse this evening. The moon was at its closest point to the Earth so it was a super moon. Since it was a total lunar eclipse it was a blood moon. Because it was the year’s first full moon it was also a wolf moon. I took this photo during the total lunar eclipse with a telephoto lens.
Last night the sky was clear and I was fortunate to spend some time looking through a large telescope. When viewing the moon I could clearly see craters caused by asteroids and meteorites colliding with the lunar surface. In one crater there were two mountains inside of it and sunlight was shining on its peaks. Later in the evening Jupiter rose and four of its moons were visible. Click on the image to see a larger version.
The 18th edition of the CP Holiday Train which helps to support communities and raise awareness of hunger-related issues. Every pound of food and dollar raised at each stop stays with the local food bank to help feed those in need in that community. We even had some snow on the ground this year. Click on each photo to see a larger version.
This evening there was a break in the rain, which provided the opportunity to get out with my camera and take a few images. I tried taking some long exposures of the Ferris wheel when it was spinning which created a blur effect, but I think I like this photo better when the Ferris wheel was stopped to unload and load passengers. Click on the photo to see a larger version.
As I was walking home this evening there was a beautiful full moon. You could also see a moonbow, lunar halo or lunar rainbow. This is caused by the refraction of light through high altitude clouds. It generally means that rain will fall shortly. The moon bow was only visible for a short period of time before a heavier layer of cloud covered the moon. Click on the image to see a larger version.
During the Winter Olympics in Vancouver a heritage electric railway was built for tourists. There is a station platform at the end of the line which is never used anymore. The bushes or vines are slowly creeping across the concrete of the station platform. Click on the image to see a larger version.