Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Up to Gnome Good!

This is my garden gnome. Now, normally, he would stand watch in my garden 24/7. On this day, however, my friend, Sherri, had OTHER ideas! I had no idea any of this was taking place. I arrived home to see my gnome in the garden….smiling.

NOTE: This BLOG post is rated PG-13.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Elusive Canadian Resin Goldfinch

My friend, Robbie (or @YsMum on Twitter), had the amazing privilege of hosting these rather chubby Canadian ‘clay’ Goldfinches in her backyard. Follow them as Robbie slips into stealth mode to carefully photograph these rare birds as they explore the feeders, the bird bath, and more…..

Monday, July 13, 2009

A Day @ The Bloedel Conservatory

The Bloedel Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in Vancouver, come rain or shine. The spectacular triodetic dome capping Queen Elizabeth Park is dedicated to the wonders of the natural world, with an emphasis on plants and birds.

Over 500 different plants from tropical and subtropical areas of the world are on display, and over 100 birds of various species call the Bloedel Conservatory home, free-flying within the spacious plexiglass dome. Where else can you take a stroll through a simulated tropical rainforest paradise and then explore the subtropic and desert climate zones, all in the same place?

The conservatory was constructed through a very generous donation from Prentice Bloedel in 1969. The same donation enabled the Park Board to cover the main reservoir atop Queen Elizabeth Park. A visit to Bloedel Conservatory has become a holiday tradition as the crowning glory of one of Vancouver’s most beautiful parks. The stunning Queen Elizabeth Park offers breathtaking views of Vancouver and the Coasts Mountains on the North shore.