March Photo Challenge

Well, another month down, and I feel like we’ve officially entered spring on the West Coast. I really enjoyed the March Monthly Challenge of LIGHT. My favourite time of day is at sunrise / sunset and I was happy to be able to capture a few of those. Springtime in Vancouver can be a bit hit-or-miss, in terms of the weather and we definitely had our fair share of rain this year, but it wasn’t all grey and there was a good chunk of sun, too!

So what did my March Month of LIGHT look like?

The March Photo Challenge took me …

… from stormy ferry rides to sun-drenched ones…

… from light-roast coffee to light-malt beer…

… from artificial light to natural light…

… from shadows to reflections.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | March light

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | March light

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | March light

And just like that, we’re into April!

I shared my new monthly word(s) already, so you can expect my social media feeds to be filled Walls and Doors. If you’d like to join in the fun, that would be awesome! If not, just looking at pretty pictures works too ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ll be tagging them all with:

#PictaMonth

#MyMonthOfApril

#MyMonthOfWallsAndDoors

Happy picture-taking ๐Ÿ™‚

February Photo Challenge

A month ago, I talked about finding another photography projectย to keep me interested. I have done a photo-a-day challenge for the past few years, but I found myself losing interest towards the end of last year. So, in an effort to find a new photography challenge for myself (one that required commitment but had flexibility, as well), I decided to come up with one word a month to focus on.

February was the month of COLOUR. So what did the month look like?

The February photo challenge took me…

… from blue skies to rainy skies…

… from the colour of budding flowers to the colour of graffiti’d walls…

… from drinks to food…

… from gym-filled mornings to climbing-filled evenings.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | February colour

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | February colour

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | February colour

And, just like that, we’re into March!

I’ve got a new word for March, which I’ll share tomorrow.

For all my photo challenges, you can follow along on our Instagram and Google+ accounts.

Happy picture-taking ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy Beach Walk, Kits Beach, Vancouver BC

Foggy Beach Walks

I grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan and as far back as I can remember, our neighbours were Peter and Caroline, an elderly couple known fondly as “Peanuts and Chickie”. Once or twice a week, Mom would head over to their house after her day teaching, for a coffee and a treat. Sometimes my brother and I would go along for the treats (I remember a lot of Wagon Wheels…).

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

I was never old enough to take part in the conversation, other than to answer questions about school and various activities I was in, but there were a few nuggets of information, “Peanuts” would always say, that have become firmly lodged in my brain, 30-odd years later.

He would take a cod-liver oil pill every day, and make the claim that those pills were the reason he was never sick (he passed away in his late-90’s, so perhaps he was onto something!).

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

And if we ever had extended periods of foggy weather, he would always say “Well, we’ll be gettin’ a lot of precipitation 3 months from now!” I have no idea where this statement came from – the Farmer’s Almanac? Saskatchewan Folklore?! Regardless, Mom would make a little note on the calendar: “Peter says lots of rain/snow”.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

Apparently my childhood memory would suggest that “Peanuts was always right because, to this day, whenever we get a lot of foggy weather, I still make a mental note of the calendar season, wondering how much rain we’ll be getting in 3 months time (because, let’s face it, rain is the guaranteed form of precipitation in Vancouver)! It’s funny how certain memories stick with you ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

On New Years Day, we wandered down to Kit’s Beach. There were a few people out walking and jogging, perhaps kick-starting their New Year’s Resolutions. By the time we walked from our car to the waterfront, a dense fog had pulledย  in over the water, and there were moments where you couldn’t see much more than 10 meters in any direction!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

After about an hour, the fog started to pull back over the water, but didn’t disappear completely. I think we probably had two or three good days of fog.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

So, now we’ll all be wondering – “Was Peanuts right?!?!”

I guess we’ll find out in April ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Foggy New Year's Day walk on Kits beach

Winter in Vancouver: Sunrise on Sunset Beach

Winter Sunrise on the Sunset

I can’t be the only one to be wondering “Where the heck has 2015 gone??!” Exactly one year ago today, I was getting my office cleaned up and organized before leaving on my six-month sabbatical. In some ways, that day seems so long ago, yet the year has gone by in a blink of an eye! Is that the sign of getting older? I’m not sure. Regardless, we’re both excited for what 2016 will bring ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Winter sunrise on Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC

We have been on vacation while Jonty’s brother was visiting for Christmas, and for the last few days the weather has been glorious! Clear skies have made for some cold days, but when playing the tourist in our own town, it’s much nicer to leave the umbrella at home in exchange for a toque and warm gloves.

The added bonus to the clear skies have been the superb sunrises!

We went to Sunset Beach for the sunrise (?!) a couple of weeks ago. Even though we were looking out to the west, the glow of the sunrise cast an almost ethereal light over the water – it was gorgeous and very calming!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Winter sunrise on Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC

… and cold!!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Winter sunrise on Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC

I think we managed about 20 minutes before we decided a hot cup of coffee would be the next best decision ๐Ÿ™‚

We hope you all have a safe and joyful evening tonight, as you ring in the New Year! Here’s to adventures in 2016 (and yes, the van is still supposed to be coming shortly)!

Happy New Year!

Weekend Meanderings: Sunday Sunrise

Happy Sunday – we hope you have had a great weekend!

Over the Thanksgiving long weekend we headed up to Queen Elizabeth Park to catch the Sunday morning sunrise. While the entire weekend was a mixed-bag of weather and it had rained quite a bit the night before, we were greeted with a few dry hours and clearing skies.

Due to the earlier rain, it was quiet up in the park, aside from a few other photographers aiming to catch the morning light, and a group of elders practicing their tai-chi – very chill ๐Ÿ™‚

We got married in this park, almost five years ago to the day, and it was remarkably similar on that day! Any month after, oh, August, can be a bit hit-and-miss in Vancouver with respect to the weather. So when the rain eases off, you better believe we savour each moment! ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise from Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver BC

We will have to remember this spot for future “Seeking Sunrise” pictures! Hopefully you don’t get tired of seeing these views because, unfortunately, I never get tired of taking them! ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise from Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver BC

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ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise from Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver BC

This was another photo session using the 50mm f1.4 prime lens I rented from Lens Lenders. I’ve got another lens booked in a few weeks and can hardly wait to try it out!

Happy weekend ๐Ÿ™‚