a view from the airplane window

de-icing the plane
de-icing the plane
a view from the airplane window
a view from the airplane window
a view from the airplane window
a view from the airplane window
flying over the Canadian Winter Wonderland
Canada’s winter wonderland, a view from the airplane window

a few images taken during our flight from Calgary. the window did have some frost on it, so the images are not as crisp and clear as I would have liked. The other thing that happened, with all the flights I have been on, I think this is the first one that was de-iced just before we left, I love the spray of the water, and the out of focus equipment.

I love flying, and for me the best part of the flight is that moment of take off, the nose lifts, and you can feel the wheels leave the ground. The adventure begins…..

What is your favourite part of the flight.

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Fraser Valley, Vancouver British Columbia

Fraser River, Vancouver BC, Canada,
Fraser River, Vancouver BC, Canada, 

Before going east I had the opportunity to fly to Vancouver, and I wanted to share this lovely view of the Fraser River at sunset.

My idea of inflight entertainment watching out the window, and of course taking photos.  I never really tire of the view, watching the clouds, seeing the landscape from the miles above.  More than likely I will be posting a few more images of what I have seen out the window of the airplane. I hope you enjoy the view as much as I have.

 

Moji Adjele, Executive Director at BNI Alberta South: Calgary Business Portraits

Moji Ajele Executive Director, BNI
Moji Ajele Executive Director, BNI

I met Moji Ajele at one early morning BNI Rocky Mountain Thunder chapter meeting.  I was relatively new to the group and we were having a visitor meeting.  Moji, as the Executive Director of Alberta South was there to tell the visitors a little about BNI (Business Network International) and to invite them to join our networking group.

I have mentioned BNI a couple of time over the last few weeks, so I should tell you a little about the organization. BNI is the world’s largest referral organization, helping businesses to grow their business.  I have been a member of the Rocky Mountain Thunder Chapter since January of 2013 it is a positive supportive group of professionals, they have helped me to grow my business and provided great business advised and information. They are inspirational and have helped me to take my photography from a passion to a business.

Moji is passionate about growing BNI in Southern Alberta, and helping member businesses to be successful. We spent about an hour together while doing her business portraits, it was a wonderful hour that slipped by so easily. She is full of energy, excited about her role, laughs easily and has the most amazing smile. See more images from Moji’s portrait session.

Travellers Overlooking the Caribbean Ocean

Overlooking the Caribbean Ocean
Overlooking the Caribbean Ocean

Driving home last night it was cold, foggy; this morning when I woke up the frost covered the trees, it was snowing and right now it is -6C.  As far as winter in Canada the temperatures really aren’t that cold, and admittedly it is much colder in other parts of the country.  But like most Canadians at this point of the year we are dreaming of travelling to someplace warmer!

This photo was taken sometime ago and the travellers/tourists out sightseeing, are enjoying not only the nice warm ideal weather, but the beautiful view of the Caribbean Ocean. Their dark silhouette against the blue ocean and framed by the tree makes it a perfect postcard memory!

How about you where would you like to be standing today?

Rock Balancing, English Bay Vancouver BC; Environmental Portrait

Rock Balancing, a stone stacker on English Bay Vancouver BC.
Rock Balancing, a stone stacker on English Bay Vancouver BC.

Rock Balancing, or Stone Stacking, here the portrait features the art more than the artist.

This young man was busy at work, we were out for a stroll along Vancouver’s English Bay, that is the seawall in the background, and helps to eliminate  any distraction and isolate the subject. Stone Stacking or Rock Balancing is considered a performance art, and if you visit Flicker you can see lots of pictures of rocks that had been stacked in nature. Rocks are balanced on top of one another in various positions. There are no tricks involved to aid in the balancing, such as adhesives, wires, supports, or rings.

This young man was completely absorbed in the task, and I am guessing that for some the activity would be meditative, I was reluctant to disturb him to get a name and or more information about how long he has been stacking stones.  I guess I will have to go for another walk, this time to have a conversation.

Vancouver BC skyline at Sunset

we were rewarded this week with many great evenings and sunsets during our stay in Vancouver.  Simply beautiful.

Sunset at English Bay, Vancouver BC

English Bay, Vancouver BC, a great place to watch the sunset.  Of course there is so much more to do on or near the beach in downtown Vancouver. Besides the ususal beach activities, like swimming and sunbathing, the seawall runs all the way around English Bay from Stanley Park to False Creek and is used by runners, walkers, cyclists, and rollerblading for recreation and commuting. Not far off the beach, great restaurants, shopping, art and people watching.

 

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Window

 

At the Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens in Vancouver,  you will find garden walls and pavilions with beautiful screened windows.  Inside the pavilion you will find, artifacts, paintings and  displays that beautifully provide a glimpse into another culture. Here a mountain, inside beside a window looking out, as the room was dark it was difficult to show both the mountain and the exterior garden.  I have both the colour and the black and white photo side by side because I can’t decide which one I like best.

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chines Garden has been selected as one of Canada’s greatest places and is the first garden in the Ming Dynasty created outside of China, You can read the full article on line by clicking the link below.

Banff Cultural Days, Terry McCue

We went up to the Banff Cultural Days yesterday, and had a chance to speak to Terry McCue, who was working away on a new piece at the Canada House Galleries.  I had met Terry several years ago I was a volunteer with the Stampede Western Art Action, and Terry had a gallery down at the Stampede Grounds. It was great to have a few minutes to catch up and watch him work.

Terry work  has been with the Canada House Galleries in Banff for several years now, and worth stopping in for a visit if you are in Banff.