Sunday, January 14, 2007

saturday downtown vancouver






I love riding shotgun. Yesterday our trip downtown meant I could spend all my time taking photos on the fly. There was virtually no snow downtown; they must pay higher taxes.

Caroline sent me this a couple of days ago. Can you imagine home fabricating becoming as ubiquitous as home computing? Check it out.

22 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love looking at your Vancouver photos. So much to capture.

I'll wait until that 3D fabricator comes down to an affordable couple hundred, and then I'll get one. I wonder if replacing the chocolate cartridges will be just as expensive as buying a new unit?

Mmmmm....chocolate light bulbs.

14/1/07 8:53 AM  
Blogger Ces said...

I love these photographs. They have a "retro' feel. So many things to capture the mind. I love the snow covered mountains in the background. It is beautiful! It must be a beautiful sight throughout the year. Canada is so beautiful. I have never been but the photos from my friends' vacations are always a joy to see.

14/1/07 9:02 AM  
Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

Where is all of this END-OF-THE-WORLD stuff that we are hearing about? It looks like it's the middle of Summer FFS.
That being said those shots are coool...all we see of Vancouver on the CBC is Stanley Park rearranged by Mother Nature back to the Jurrasic Era and of course the CBC makes it look like there are 6 million Hookers and Drug Addicts swarming the streets.

I haven't been to Van since the 80s but I have a fond memory of a dapper Asian Businessman surrounded by two HUGE bodyguards saying hello to me when I was strolling around downtown with my baby in my snuggly...oh and waiting for my turn to skid and slide into the row of cars waiting at a stop sign at the bottom of an ice covered street...we just took turns sliding into each other to avoid going into oncoming traffic...this was after sitting under the Fraser river for 25 minutes wondering if I could open my windows and swim to safety when the rushing torrent above finally breaks through the concrete and swallows the gridlocked 'victims'..why aren't we going OVER this river???

Sheesh it was so long ago that the Orcas at the Park were still allowed to 'perform'...

anyway it is beautiful..especially during the five 'magical' hours every year (like Halley's Comet) when sunlight actually penetrates the clouds.

14/1/07 9:31 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Cities with mountains as backdrops are always so amazing to me!

Glad you liked the link.. I can imagine having lots of fun with a home fabricator one day...

14/1/07 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photos. Vancouver is on my round the world trip itinerary. That is when I win the lottery. It'd help if I started playing...

14/1/07 9:57 AM  
Blogger Merisi's Vienna For Beginners said...

Do you have the cleanest car windows in the whole wide universe or have you been hanging out the car window while shooting those very interesting pictures? I love those colorful scenes.
The third photo from the top leaves me somewhat puzzled, it's beeeautiful, but I cannot figure out what it is, a billboard, maybe?

14/1/07 2:03 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Willie Won -- er, Brian: Yes!

Ces: The mountains are pretty amazing, but particularly on sunny winter days like yesterday. In summer it's usually a bit hazy and there's no snow on them. And we have some nicely-preserved older buildings and neighbourhoods.

HE: Oops -- did I let the cat out of the bag? Those Stanley Park photos and the stories of howling storms, floods of rain and metres of snow are all just 'plants' to keep youse prairie folk from emigrating. :) On that note YES YES there are 6 million hookers and drug addicts here! I must say that we are terrible wimps compared to you and what you've had to put up with lately. The coldest I've seen all winter is, briefly, -7C. And sunny. :) And it's a good thing I've never had to use the Massey Tunnel much -- I feel the same way!

Caroline: And I can see you making lots of things with one!

Oiseau: Ditto for me, the Champagne region and the number of tickets I buy!

Merisi: The third picture was actually taken down a long back alley behind some huge buildings. The first, third and fourth photos were taken through dirty car windows. Surprising they turned out as well as they did -- but they did require doctoring as you can see!

14/1/07 2:17 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Beautiful photos! This invention is amazing! $2400 is not very much, unbelievable!

14/1/07 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope the downtown trip was for a birthday dinner? Great pics!As for that wazzamadoodle...could it make me a scanner, please?

14/1/07 3:05 PM  
Blogger kj said...

sometimes i overlook the fact that my mother is french canadian. it's about time for me to head up north again--it's been a good ten years.

i wish it were warmer, there and here...

:)

14/1/07 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I love it there. Thank you for the gorgeous pictures - I am so jealous! I can not wait to go back and visit that amazing town. I so miss Bin 941 it is not even funny!

14/1/07 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So where's the picture of the fly?

15/1/07 12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos of Vancouver !!!

15/1/07 4:35 AM  
Blogger Merisi's Vienna For Beginners said...

Andrea,
the back alley picture looks ready to be printed and framed. The more I look at it the more I love it. And that little red car is just perfect, it puts (e)motion there (it seems so huggable). I can see the trained artist''s eye. :-)

15/1/07 8:24 AM  
Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

oohooh..Andrea come and see my typogenerator experimentation..it was so much FUN! Yippee!
I know that I probably went overboard but what are ya gonna do.

15/1/07 2:10 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Merisis: I'll have to add that iumage to my next round of prints...

15/1/07 5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photos of Vancouver, my fav is the 3rd one down. It has such an abstract feel to it.

16/1/07 8:49 AM  
Blogger Within Without said...

Great pix, Andrea! Did you touch 'em up at all?

16/1/07 5:34 PM  
Blogger Bibi said...

I love Vancouver ... there are several places I could see myself living, Stanley Park area being one of them.

16/1/07 6:54 PM  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

That's a really beautiful set of pictures! I especially like the 'girders'.

17/1/07 1:20 PM  
Blogger Lilli said...

Fabulous photos!

18/1/07 11:54 AM  
Blogger Caty said...

WAO Andrea! so nice look at these places that I know so well and miss! Thank you! beautiful pictures

23/1/07 5:33 AM  

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