Thursday, January 31, 2008

Japnese lantern

A Japanese lantern cover by snow in a garden. Today these lanterns, at least in North America, are used for decorative purposes only. We use the rechargeable battery operated lanterns to light our walkways and paths in the garden.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More snow

The snow started to come down early in the morning, at about 2 or so. By morning the accumulation produced this scene as people driving to work. This is west-bounded traffic on Lougheed Highway at 7:20. No traffic heading the opposite direction.

Some street scenes later in the day.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Skytrain station

On the platform of the Production/University station looking eastward.

Monday, January 28, 2008

More snowy scenes

Scenes taken around the neighbourhood

Sunday, January 27, 2008

A snowy day

Late yesterday afternoon we had a light dusting of the white stuff, around our area anyway. This morning, at 7:30 or so, it started to come down heavy. The second photo was taking an hour or so after the snow started to fall and the other one was taken a couple of hours later

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Shadbolt Centre

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts is a municipal building in the City of Burnaby. These photos are just a glimpse of the structure. It has a live performance theatre, multi-purpose rooms for art exhibits plus classrooms.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Looking out

From the lobby looking out onto a sunny but quiet sidewalk along South Granville just before noon.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Just for kidz

Years ago we had big department stores selling everything from clothing to prescription drugs, from cosmetics to washers and dryers, from toys to hair salon. It was such easier to name items they didn't sell than those they did sell. Then came the specialty shops which clawed a good chunk of business from the departments stores who weren't as nimble with longer reaction time to shifting market trends and consumer tastes.

As the years go by some of these specialty shops are trying to offer their customers an one stop solution. In other word, the department store concept. They aren't as big nor as well stocked as the department stores but, nonetheless, a step at that direction.

is this hair styling shop for the knee stumps a step backward or new concept in retailing?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Screen shot

On Monday morning was watch CNN on a LED wide screen while waiting in the lobby. The screen was facing direct sunlight plus I was more or less shooting at an upward angle which account for the glare on the upper portion of the photo.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Urban moon

Look carefully. See the white dot on the centre? That's the moon. Reason for it being so low is that this was taken at about 16:45 yesterday. Now here is where the camera's zoom capability comes in handy. Besides zooming in on the moon it would've eliminate the signs in the foreground.

By the way today is full moon.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Yorked at the top

These trees had been pruned in order for them not to interfere with the wires overhead. The utility companies, hydro, telephone and cable, at least one of them would have to do the annual pruning. Don`t think the City of Vancouver is involved with this at all. But then one never knows when it comes to government regardless of the level.

Wonder which was there first, the trees or the wires.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sunday afternoon

Still in the testing stage. The camera has zoom mode and like just about everything with this cell phone it is software controlled. The setting is that the zoom is not alway available. The manual says it depends on the selected resolution.

My experience seems to indicate that it is available at low resolution only. This came as a rather big surprise because initially I thought the opposite would be true.

This is a street scene on a cold Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

International Year of the Potato

The UN has declared 2008 as the International Year of the Potato. This photo of a pile of potatoes is the most appropriate first posting of this blog. This is also the first photo taken with the HTC Touch P3050 from Telus.

The first day was Thursday, Jan 17. This photo was taken the day after. So I'm in the process of learning the in's and out's of the phone and the camera.