Johan Thörnqvist » Pictures from my phone

7 02 2013

I happened upon these lovely, whimsical drawings – additions to otherwise quite ordinary every day phone photos. Johan Thörnqvist includes the original photo along with his modified version. Quite reminiscent of Hergé‘s Tintin, I thought. – Johan Thörnqvist » Pictures from my phone.

H2O – solid and liquid

12 01 2013

Busy day.

Began early (for a weekend at least) with a trip up one of the local “North Shore Mountains” – Seymour. Mrs E and a colleague joined me for a return visit to Dog Mountain via snow shoes. It’s a route I’d travelled a couple of weeks ago, but the intervening time had delivered quite a bit more snow, and the pretty sharp ups and downs were now much less daunting, requiring no hands in cold snow to steady my course. It was a lovely day, and despite hovering around -4 Celsius, the exercise kept things very pleasant. Almost at Dog Mountain we bumped into another colleague who had just left there with his girlfriend – the trails were busy with many people enjoying the pleasant day and spectacular views of Grouse and the city.

Later, Number 2 offspring joined me for a walk to White rock pier to catch the sunset and fool around with long exposures down by the beach. Here’s a few of the more choice results. I really enjoyed the “classic” trick of smoothing out the sea’s ripples into a milky smooth average over several seconds. Dusk was the perfect time to allow long exposures without losing colour.

All Hallows E’en

30 10 2012

So here’s my ever-so-slightly geeky entry for my office pumpkin carving competition tomorrow…

Pumpkin Pi

Images From NASA’s Suomi Satellite |

14 10 2012

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Take note of this day. Mark it on your calendar. The day the Quieter Elephant was totally speechless. It didn’t last very long, admittedly, but this image blew me away. It’s one of several on Wired’s site from the Suomi satellite. (I remember from my stamp collecting days that that is Finnish for, well Finland!)

Gorgeous! The UK is clear of the cloud at about 9 o’clock. Oman at 6 o’clock.

Amazing Aurora: Best Images From NASA’s Suomi Satellite | Wired Science |

Amazing Aurora: Best Images From NASA's Suomi Satellite | Wired Science |

When the rain comes…

13 10 2012

I love the rain.

It brings a different mood to Vancouver. One that suits my natural mood. I like the toning down of colours. Of sound. Of people even.

I love that the trees here go red at the same time.

I subscribe to The Scout, Vancouver’s online magazine. Today they had this photo, and I thought I’d share. It manages to capture the essence of the rain but without it being a dreary or miserable experience.

Magic with light.

TEA & TWO SLICES: On Hating Bieber And The World’s 4th Least Stylish Neighborhood : Scout Magazine.

TEA & TWO SLICES: On Hating Bieber And The World’s 4th Least Stylish Neighborhood : Scout Magazine

Dr Who in town?

18 08 2012

A few nights ago we were invited for drinks and nibbles (of the food kind) at some friends’.

They live at Crescent Beach, just down the coast from White Rock. It was a lovely sunset, but ever so faintly reminiscent of Dr Who and the ripping of the fabric of the universe…

All roads lead to Rome!

11 08 2012

Actually, it was originally written as Mille viae ducunt homines per saecula Romam, which those of you who did not attend Grammar School may like to know translates as “A thousand roads lead men forever to Rome“, and was written in Liber Parabolarum, (1175), by Alain de Lille.

This was a bus stop on Fort St., Victoria. I’m not sure where you caught a bus if you didn’t want to go to University of Victoria…