Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt Part 2

Over the past month - July - I was busy for Rinda's 2013 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt. These are the pictures I took for part 2 - most of them during the two weeks I spent in British Columbia.

#1 Open air market

While in Summerland in the Okanagan Valley my aunt and I went to the farmers market there. It was an interesting kind of farmers market - only a few booths that sold fruits and veggies whereas the rest were artists, soap makers, cosmetics. Perhaps it's because there are so many road-side fruit stands in that area that people don't go to the farmers market to shop their own bounty. We actually went there because of the breadmobile that offered hearty whole grain bread. Even the staff spoke German!

#3 City Hall, Capitol or other similar civic building

Our City Hall is really nothing to look at, and I'm almost never there. So I opted for this government building in Vancouver - I hope that this is okay. One of the many fabulous buildings that use much glass and simply look stunning. I took this picture out of the car, I didn't even roll down the window because I had to be quick (the traffic light was changing) - you can see my camera in the photo as well.

#4 Airplane

Well, it's a seaplane. There are so many of them in Vancouver, you can watch them right from the waterfront. There is regular seaplane transportation between Vancouver and all the little islands.

#5 A sunset

The sun sets pretty late along the Sunshine Coast at this time of year. It's always stunning to witness it when the colors are reflected in the quiet waters of the straits. This is at Mermaid Cove at Saltery Bay - very close to our campground. We had "fled" down to the water to prepare our dinner here since there were too many annoying mosquitoes at our campsite. Here, at the water, there weren't hardly any, but bear warnings instead. Apparently the bear's "lust" for mermaids was very low this evening.

#6 Someone or something taking a nap

I could have taken self-portraits since I love to take naps... and I'm not alone in this! These three puppies liked each other's company while napping, and I hope they had sweet dreams. These are three of my friend's puppies that I showed you here.

#8 A tower

There really is no tower around where I live, you have to go down to the city (= San Francisco) for that. Vancouver, however, has the Harbour Centre which I think can easily count as a tower.

#11 An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc

This is "etc" - in the wilderness. Sorry for the bad photo - s/he was suddenly standing there at the side of this 63 km long gravel road and ready to run into the bushes, so I had to react quickly. This photo was shot through the windshield of our already very dirty car - no, I did NOT get out to get a better shot of the bear!

#12 A cloud in the shape of something (please specify what you see)

When I saw this cloud from one of the ferries we took I thought it looks like an elephant who is jumping for joy. Admittedly an elephant with a very short trunk (in the upper right hand corner) and his hind legs are somewhere hiding... but still!

#13 A fence

Well, yeah, you know how much I like to take photos of fences. That was a no-brainer for me. This weathered fence stood along the main road through Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast.

# 14 A stained glass object or a mosaic

I had to improvise with this one. But when I looked at all the reflections in the glass of the tall buildings in Vancouver I could see art - and yes, call it stained glass. I found it very fascinating.

#16 A windmill

These windmills were just a few of hundreds we saw in the otherwise rather uninspiring landscape in Washington State right before you descend to the Columbia River. I love this way off winning electricity - we use a lot of wind powered energy in Germany.

#18 Your local pub/bar, coffee house or tea shop

We don't have a local pub (we drink our wine at home), I seldom go to a coffee house and I don't drink tea. The closest to a "local" we have had is our Jamba Juice. We went there pretty often this summer because the Geek had found some nifty coupons on the Internet which we used over and over again. All of us love their juices (I prefer the "light" version and I always substitute strawberries for raspberries and banana for mango).

#20 A dinosaur

Since I thought it very unlikely that I would meet a dinosaur this summer, I had already taken some pictures of dinosaur toys in shops. Then I came around these guys on the road to Ucluelet on Vancouver Island - two of them were hanging around there. Wow - I first couldn't believe my eyes. I don't really know why they were there - it wasn't a museum or anything like that. However, they fit perfectly the scavenger hunt!

I'm linking up to Rinda's blog where you can see what other people found for the Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt. 


MeOfCourse said...

Hi Carola. Awesome photos. I felt I was there. Enjoyed the tour. Thanks.

Jeanne said...


Marianne said...

Great "finds" ! I saw the elephant before I read what you saw. That's a very happy elephant !

Maria Ontiveros said...

That dinosaur is exactly the type of thing I love about the Hunt - you never know when something will pop up! You fence is beautiful, of course! And love the idea that Jamba Juice is your "local."
Thanks for linking up and sharing your finds.

Anonymous said...

I love the composition and lighting of the windmills, that would make an interesting black and white!

Amy said...

Oh your shots are just fabulous, it has been a pleasure to drop by and see your finds!

Lesley G said...

I NEED one of those sleeping puppies :) Great photos

Susi said...

Love the plane shot. Awesome finds!

Deb@threeisacharm said...

Truly enjoyed looking at all your photos! Loved your fence photo and beautiful sunset.

Deb Crecelius said...

I've never joined a scavenger hunt,
but looking at your photos
make me want to do so.
Enjoy your weekend.

Rosie Grey said...

Such a great collection of photos - love it!

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oh, Carol, your photos are awesome. Our farmer's markets in Arizona are similar, with craft tables in the mix. I said "AW!" when I saw those three sleeping puppies! :o) And I love that dinosaur shot!

Karen said...

These are fabulous. I love the flowers poking through the fence, and your photos of Vancouver brought back happy memories of four days we spent there two years ago. I would love to go back!

Cheri said...

Love these shots Carol. The fence is perfect and I love the angle you used. The tower looks like an alien space ship perched atop that building. But the dinosaur is just awesome! I saw a similar structure last month on our drive home from Country Junction (in the middle of nowhere) - metal painted a shiny red - unfortunately no way to pull over and get a photo!

~*~Patty S said...

How fun to have the perfect dinosaur pop up and your windmill photo captures such a beautiful stretch of land too!
Your fence and hydrangea photo could be a greeting card!