These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Updating the Fountain

Our condo towers have a water fountain on the Carnarvon Street side of the properties. These buildings are probably getting on toward thirty years old now; although, we have only lived here for about eighteen of them. We have really good onsite maintenance with a live-in caretaker and a strata council that is serious about keeping up the property values.

The fountain was a rather basic pool with a single spurt of pumped water about a foot and a half high in the middle. That must have been considered modern during the 1980's. Jay always said it reminded him of a large leak from a broken water main.

Ten on Tipperary Trip

A few weeks ago, I noticed that three rock columns had been added. Now, a subtle veneer of flowing water runs over the surfaces of the columns into the same round pool. It is surely much quieter than the former installation. Sometimes change simply for its own sake is good.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Today's Sponsor

Neighborhood Cat
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These photos, all taken within 300 meters from my apartment, were brought to you today by the the letter 'Z'. (By the way, it is pronounced as 'zed' not 'zee' here.)

Interestingly, this is also the first letter of the word zoom, as in zoom lens.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Party for Me?

Surrey, BC always throws a party for my birthday.

Actually, the free Fusion Festival is not exclusively for me, but it always occurs over a weekend at this time of the year. Holland Park, at the end of the SkyTrain line, is set up with pavilions from many countries. Each year the list differs. They are staffed by Canadians with a background from dozens and dozens of different nations. These canopies provide tourist information, have souvenirs, and often sell ethnic food. This year there are three stages scheduled with a variety of song and dance from the world over. There are always crowds whether the weather cooperates or not.

We went today and will probably stop by tomorrow as well. It was a pleasant birthday present.

More Fusion
One Row
Nesting Dolls
Festival - Day 1
Nepali Dancer

Friday, July 22, 2016

Personal Quotes

"It's really scary that they failed to spot and act against an obvious demagogue."
Dennis Sylvester Hurd (1959- )

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Beating the Weekend Crowds

Yesterday's weather forecast said it was going to be good. In BC, when there's clear sky and a temperature of 26C, I get happy. So we took our little trip through Burnaby and Port Moody today. We always seem to get out there during the summer and today seemed as good as any. In fact, it seemed a lot better going on an uncrowded Thursday. We didn't pack swimming attire nor bring lunch. There were folks doing both activities in the fresh water of Buntzen Lake and the salt water at Belcarra Regional Park.

We are lucky to have nature practically at our doorsteps in the Metro-Vancouver Region.

Buntzen Lake

Blackbill Bill
The Net

Belcarra Regional Park

Survey Marker
Ready to Go
Hard to Capture

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Today's Math: 11 + 20 = ?

June 4th Oslo
Oslo, Norway in June

As well as the date of the first moon landing, July 20th is an important anniversary for Jay and me. We became official, by chance, on the exact date that it became the law of the land in Canada. All the years have been great but some of the last eleven have been the very best!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Keep On Truckin', Baby!

My Spot

Sometimes things turn out better than expected. I bought the Ranger new upon our arrival here. I had planned that it would last us 10 years before needing replacement. This month marks its 20th year of dependable service and she ain't finished yet.

Monday, July 18, 2016

What's a Canfor?

I must admit that I loved playing with photographic negatives as a kid. I had an old darkroom enlarger when in high school although I don't have a single print as evidence of those days. I thought that saying I dodged and burned made me sound really cool.

Employing exotic techniques seems so simple today on my tablet. A few swipes can alter an image nearly beyond the limits of one's imagination. Initially I didn't like how this colour shot turned out. It was easy to turn off the distracting hues and subsequently blur everything except the foreground.


This is just a few steps from our apartment. The tracks run through downtown New Westminster along side the Fraser River. This is a working system with kilometer-long trains. Today, the whole length of cars on this particular load was filled with cut, Canfor lumber. How very representative of British Columbia! I'd much rather transport this natural product through town than coal or petroleum products destined for export.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Flurry of Old Images Forecast

I moved a great deal of data off my MS OneDrive. The only folder left contains about 13 GB of old pictures.

I purchased my first digital camera in 2002 but didn't start using Flickr to archive my images for another three years. In the first few years, I used to judiciously back up my photos and remember burning 8 GB to a DVD ROM. Then, at one point, it was all uploaded to the cloud. I also spotted a few folders which contained trips which might not have been added to Flickr in their entirety.

Yesterday, I sort of, by accident, discovered Snapseed to edit images. I find it much more professional and easier to use that my former favourite, image editing app called Aviary. A delightful consequence of these two, unrelated events is that I can now peruse the old files and edit interesting ones never posted. As a result, they can sit on Flickr for sharing too.

Colombo Background

This picture was taken on November 11, 2012. The city of Colombo, Sri Lanka is in the background. I think these young men were in some sort of training exercise running along this beach in Mt. Lavinia to the south.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Grey Isn't Distinguished

I asked on Twitter earlier, "We came back for the summer. Where is it?"

New Tools
We grocery shop on Saturdays while dodging the expansion in Coquitlam.

This July is so different to what we had last year! Of course, the weather here is generally inconsistent. That prevents the boredom of always knowing what to expect, I guess. We were on water restrictions while breathing smoke from far-away forest fires in 2015.

I expect eventually one of those Pacific high-pressure systems will slowly build overhead. The blue sky will hurt my eyes and the mercury might hit 30C. It's bound to happen within the next few weeks and I am rather impatiently waiting ...

Friday, July 15, 2016

A Delivery / Broken Promises

My phone said that one of my Amazon orders was up for delivery today. It contained the UV filter for my camera and a new SD card to pad the total bill for the free shipping. I see that Amazon fulfills orders themselves now and no longer relies on Canada Post. That's probably a good thing. However, there was no delivery time stated online. I half waited around here today.


I did finish up clearing out my important historical files and data from Microsoft's OneDrive and moved them to my Google Drive. I am going to incur more hefty Internet usage this month due to this downloading and uploading. Microsoft is clawing back on cloud space that they once gave out for free. I have 40 GB at the moment, but on August 8, the space will drop to just 15 GB. Most folks will default back to a mere 5 GB but I do have an extra 10 as I used their service back when it was called, SkyDrive. For such a big company they surely don't seem to understand Business 101. A company probably shouldn't take back things already given away. Reneging on a promise is bad for any relationship. I was a Microsoft fan for decades but I have less and less allegiance as time goes by.

Our buzzer didn't ring until later in the afternoon when I went down to the swimming pool. Luckily, Jay was here and the package surprised me when I came back upstairs.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Getting to Know You

I walked around a bit this morning with my new camera. Gads, it's heavy because the Nikon P900 sports an 83X zoom lens. I guess it'll be good to increase my neck muscles. (Wait, I'm not saying that my new device will be a pain in the neck, am I?)

The camera and I are in our initial stage together. This stage is the part of the relationship where we get to know each other. It is impossible to run out and shoot anything important with a camera that's too new. Today was the photographic equivalent of human small-talk.

More Squares
My Abode
Piece of History
Imprisoned Cloud

I uploaded fourteen pictures to my Flickr account. Strangely, I found that I edited five into a square format. That was nearly one third of them. That's weird as I generally like sticking with a 16 x 9 orientation.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Not Ready for Prime Time

No, Amazon. Please, I don't want to even try becoming a Prime member. However, don't let that dissuade you from continuing to offer free shipping on orders of $25 or more. That always works in your favour anyway as I scrounge around to find little items so my bill is over the threshold.

Love these Trees
I love these trees near LifeLabs on the Burnaby side of 10th Ave.

Yes, I guess need a cheap 67mm UV filter. The effect might not be too noticeable on haze, but it'll protect my lens. Okay, why don't you add a 32G SD card so that'll add up to over $25.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

One Cannot Get Blood ...

Do you see the main title up near the top of your screen? This is an eJournal. That means it contains journal stuff.

I can accept that many people who come here are after more proof of my continuous wit and charm, as well as examples of tremendously stunning prose. Yes, indeed, all of that sneaks out during the immensely interesting personal details of my life. However, one primary reason for these entries is to document what I do. So, this is what I did.


The most representative photo I could use today was this image of my own adhesive bandage. Initially, we went uptown to complete additional banking work. Ideally, all my GICs will eventually line up for redeposit on the same day of the year. As we do not plan on spending winters locally, we've managed to get most financial chores moved to the summer months. Perhaps by next year, every important decision will come during the very same week. That's the goal.

After the pleasant experience in front of our advisor's computer, I went to an uptown medical lab for routine testing. As usual, I came away with two punctures. My blood veins hide deeply under my skin. No mater how hard I clench my fist, the technicians seldom find one on first jab. The image above was from my good arm. I expect a big, blue bruise on the other one tomorrow.

See, this was most obviously journal material!

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Ole' Second Try

Lately, I have been feeling a bit frustrated having nothing but a smartphone camera.

I am, of course, still mad at myself for destroying my former camera in less than a year. On the bright side, the little, Nikon S9900 did get to record many experiences last winter in Egypt. I had the camera for all of last summer too. So, although I still feel angry that I smashed it on the street in Copenhagen before our recent cruise, I can now convince myself its demise provided a new opportunity.

Surrey Central

Yesterday I went over to the Surrey Central Mall on the SkyTrain. I had scoured the Internet for information about the Nikon P900 and figured it was what matched my requirements. It went on sale at Broadway Camera on Canada Day. I haven't seen it selling for less anywhere in US or Canadian dollars. It's a point and shoot but has an incredibly immense zoom.

I brought it home but didn't unpack the box for a few hours. At around the time the shop closes on Sundays, I took out the beast. (It really is hefty compared to my recent cameras.) I put in the camera battery and unwrapped the charging cord. Just like my last one, it charges in-camera via USB which makes a lot of sense when travelling. The on/off switch lit up immediately but the camera was otherwise dead. What? How could I luck out by getting the box with a lemon in it?

I went back to Broadway Camera today and got a new replacement. It did make me a little skeptical but the sales guys said they'd never seen a similar instance. I didn't see any mention of DOA devices on the Internet either. So, I'll chalk it up as a flook. I guess, it gives me something to talk about. I had no plans for today, so I didn't mind returning to Surrey when the mall opens at 10:00 AM.

I hope I can keep this camera for a while. My goal is at least three years!


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