This past weekend the family and I hit the streets to check out some cool cars and custom rims as the annual Downtown Port Coquitlam Car Show came to town. This summer sizzling event has become a tradition for our kids. They love dreaming large while sizing up their next ride.
While the kids picked out their favorites with Dad, I spent the day Snapd’ing summer. Working the streets I met and chatted with families, car owners and local business’ and found a lot of smiling faces and happy kids excited about cars. Make sure to look for my coverage in the September edition of Snapd Coquitlam.
In the meantime enjoy a few of the images I collected along my travels. I love capturing images of classic cars, the little details are usually what draw me in. Colour, texture, shine, oh baby! These cars had it all.
I hope you find something in the images below that have you dreaming of your next ride. See you at the next car show!
I volunteered to be a driver for my son’s 2nd grade field trip last week to the North Shore for a gondola ride up to the top of Grouse Mountain. It was a beautiful day to be up at the top with views stretching as far as Vancouver Island.
While the kids were on their guided tour, I had some time to kill. So my camera and I took a nature walk. Here’s a taste of the sights from a top Grouse Mountain.
“Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure.” -Alfred North Whitehead
VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver is more than just an ordinary garden. It’s an oasis in the middle of the city. A place where life slows down a little. To be enjoyed at a more reasonable pace.
On a recent mid day visit to the garden for tea, we came across this local resident hanging out along the aptly named Heron Lake. We enjoyed her beauty from a distance. As we made our way around the lake, she remained. Stoic, nonplussed by all of our commotion. And like that, the reason became clear. It was her lunch time too.Just another day in the garden…
As the PoCo-ism goes: half the city is in the parade, while the other half cheers from the sidelines. One of the many reasons Port Coquitlam is one of the best places to raise a family. I’m sure you can spot a few more awesome reasons in these images. #ProudPoCoMomma
Packed full of wonder and amazement, as if a rainbow stopped to lay down and take a rest. And why wouldn’t one? Look around the landscape of any tulip farm and the reasoning seems clear. These are some of the most tremendous valleys any rainbow of tulips could possibly think to call home.
Who wouldn’t want to stay and play?
Held in Agassiz B.C. for 2 short weeks in April, my daughter and I decided to spend our Easter Monday relaxing and doing some much needed Mother/Daughter bonding. A trip to see tulips seemed ideal. Wanting to make the most of our day, we got up early and started on our adventure out into the valley.
Just past Harrison Hot Springs, the road to the tulip fields is easy driving taking under 2 hours (traffic dependent). Having left home just after 730am, we made excellent time and managed to be some of the first people to see the fields on that busy holiday Monday.
Having arrived so early we avoided the parking issues and road delays that often come during this peak tourist time in the valley. Reports from the Agassiz Tulip Festival, Seabird Island FB page in the week before our visit, had lots of talk of traffic problems, road closures and long waits for buses. All of this was avoidable by simply leaving early. We had no line, we had no wait and we had our pick of seats on the bus with tulips as far as the eye could see. What more could a couple gardeners on the loose want?
Morning has it’s own rewards. Less people means more room to move, day dream and frolic in the tulips. Besides, early morning brings the best light for all those dreamy tulip field shots and silly girl road trip selfies that we *had* to take.
It was so peaceful. We really had the run of the place. Just me, the kid and a few other shutterbugs patrolled the fields. Every face and every lens reflected the awe and beauty of the tulips.
While the festival is small (having only opened in 2006), this family owned operations packs a colourful punch! When you take note of the scenic views, the lack of border delays, the easy drive to Vancouver and even easier proximity to the Harrison Hot Springs Resort, the Tulips of the Valley festival was just the short reprieve from reality that we both needed.
A garden getaway in our own backyard.
With one month to go until spring we’ve already started planning this summers garden. Seeds have been cluttering my desk for weeks, begging to get started. Well today’s the day! I’ve been pulling muffin trays and assorted plastic containers out of the recycling throughout the winter, so we have more than enough containers to start these seeds off right. With the kids home from school on a Pro-D day we’re going to spend the afternoon filling those containers with seed starter soil while we sow the first seeds of this years garden.
With spring just around the corner, we’ll be dreaming of tomatoes and leafy greens.
What are you planning on growing in this years garden?
I had the opportunity to work with a gorgeous, bright and energetic friend recently on a collection of photographs for her portfolio. Weather in the Lower Mainland can be a little hit or miss in the winter, but undaunted by Mother Nature’s finest we waited out the rain, and sure enough a beautiful sunny day followed close behind. I think you can agree, it was worth the wait.
I’ve been taking down my Christmas lights this week. While I like to make the house sparkle through Christmas, there’s something quite wonderful about this late winter clean up. Subtle changes are evident in the garden as I strip away the layers of lights. The slight change in the soil, the emergence of some of the early season growers breaking soil. Whispered promises of what’s to come.
It’s been a multi day process.
I can only imagine how long it takes them to take down all those lights at VanDusen Gardens. With over 1 million lights to detangle. Phewph, they best be serving up the hot chocolate for those dedicated volunteers.
So as the magic is packed up for the season, here’s one last look at the always delightful Festival of Lights.