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The coolest thing we saw and did last weekend was the model boat show. These models were extremely detailed. I can't imagine how many hours went into creating them. Elliot was spellbound by them and loved sitting next to the pond watching them drive around in the water. Amy enjoyed them as well, but not to the extent of Elliot.
I had lots of fun with my camera, a polarizer, and some decent lighting to make some interesting shots.
This sailboat was actually wind driven. There was no motor on this one.
This next ship was a model of a Canadian destroyer. Some cool features: two spinning radar dishes, a Sea King helicopter whose rotor blades could spin, and the turret on the front not only turned, but also had a 35 shot magazine and could fire pellets!
I think my favourite was this aircraft carrier. Very detailed and lots of fun to take pictures of.
This working sub could actually dive below the surface and motor around a bit. I wondered how he controlled it underwater since radio waves don't travel so well through it.
After dark a friend and I wandered down to the midway to take some night shots. I was surprised at the lack of people at the midway this year. I seem to recall it being packed until closing on previous years. Perhaps there was just too much going on around town to draw a big crowd.
The octopus ride made for some fun once it got moving. Long shutter, small aperture, low iso, lots of blurry goodness.
I like the simplicity of bokeh shots, so I tried that out for a bit. There were quite a few throwaways, but I had a couple I liked.
One of the things that was happening as part of the international fleet review was a performance by the Snowbirds. We heard where they would be performing and thought that Cairn park close to our house would be a decent place to view them.
Now we have seen them many times before and love our Snowbirds, but this year I was disappointed by the show. We were late getting to the park, and then we realized that there were going to be some trees in the way. Add on top of that the Snowbirds were performing down low, and we didn't really see much. It also seemed rather short.
I still got a couple shots off though.
I got out for a bit of a photo walk today in the gorgeous sunshine. Most of these pictures were taken near Point Hope Ship yard on Harbour Road. The chain link fence was a bit of a pain, and it would be awesome to have free run of the place for photo taking. I imagine there is a bit of risk in that though. There was lots of heavy machinery working and a few boats in dry dock getting worked on.
I happened to come across an open house for the UBC Blue Whale project. There are still in the process of getting this huge skeleton ready for display, but there was lots that was ready to be viewed. This was an amazing animal and its size cannot be described easily. The section in the photo below was likely around 20 feet long and there were a few more sections before it. Then the massive head.
There were few flowers in the industrial area, but I still managed to find some.
On Saturday we headed out to Goldstream park for a walk. That park is always so lush and green, and with all the rain we have had lately, the park seemed extra wet too.
The kids had a fun time and the picnic lunch was well received. We stopped by the nature house and explored around inside. Elliot liked using the microscope that projected up onto a TV.
I had fun taking a few pictures along the way. All the pics are available here.