Spring has sprung at Garry Point Park in Steveston. Every year, we are treated to a beautiful display of cherry blossoms from the 255 Akebono cherry trees. This garden was dedicated to the pioneering immigrants and ancestors who emigrated from Wakayama prefecture in Japan, and to the memory of the generations that followed. Wakayama is also Richmond's sister city.
Today is World Photo Day. For 177 years, the camera has documented our lives, accomplishments, struggles, and the world around us.
With that, I'd like to share this image of a collapsed barn in Port Ludlow, WA.
In the 1950's it was a beautiful dairy farm, run by the McConaghy family. It was sold to the Nicoli's in 1973, and hasn't been used since - aside from land rental for dairy cattle to a neighbour, Gerald Bishop, for thirty years. Over time, the barn was left without maintenance. This barn could have been still standing strong, with it's old-growth Douglas Fir structure, but the Nicoli's had no interest in restoring the barn. Eventually Gerald Bishop bought the farm with other partners, with hopes of opening a dairy museum, but the structure collapsed. It is amazing it is still partially standing. The Bishops have installed fences, electric wire and “keep out” signs to deter people from investigating - or injuring themselves - but have no plans to tear down or burn the barn. For now, they're happy to let the public enjoy it before it's gone.
The annual Festival of Lights at Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver, BC. The garden is a beautiful place to enjoy some of BC's botanicals, but it's even more beautiful when you add over a million lights to it.
"Every exit is an entry somewhere else."
Killarney Lake Trail
Bowen Island, BC
f/5.6 - 1/50s
ISO 100 18-135@18mm
One of our first few stops in California, once we got on the coastline, was Pismo Beach. This was a fun beach town to trek around in. Spent some time on the pier, hung out with a pelican, and took in the amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. The beach was beautiful, but it was also a very windy day so we didn't spend too much time bathing in the sun. The sand would sting us and leave a few layers on top of our skin. On the plus side, when I went back to the hotel and showered, I felt like I had seriously exfoliated.
We also passed by a southern BBQ joint called Moe's near the pier entrance on Pomeroy Avenue. They were just opening and the smell of smoked goodness was wafting on the street. It was intoxicating and we were instantly drawn inside. They did not disappoint with the pulled pork, ribs, beans, and cornbread we had for brunch. Do yourself a favor and eat there. For dessert, I stopped in the candy shop and got my sour gummy and salt water taffy fix. They also sold chocolate covered crickets, but some things are just not meant to be consumed, so I took a pass on that one.
Back in March, I went on a road trip to southern California for a few weeks. Mostly to spend time in the beach towns, and get some much-needed vitamin D. We get a lot of rain where I live, and like Superman, I need to get re-energized by the sun. But while there, I also checked out some touristy places like the San Diego Zoo and Yosemite National Park, among other spots.
I'd like to share some pics of the adventures by featuring places in upcoming blog posts. While traveling, I took about 4,000+ images and am still going through them all. So I figured small batches are easier to digest for both our sakes. ;)
Here are a few previews below. Be sure to follow me on my Facebook page to get updates when future posts are published.
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