Saturday, June 12, 2010

Running Around Vancouver

Some days my job takes me all over the city. It never fails to amaze me that you can find yourself on a garden rooftop in Chinatown, a couple of hours later at a beach a few kms away, then just a couple of blocks from the beach you can feel like you're in a country town. I love living in the city. 


The day started off in Chinatown at 7:30am with my friends Julian and Alison of Considered Design. They designed this fantastic roof top garden at the Wing Sang building. The Two Half Cylinders structure (two way mirror and yew hedge) was designed by American artist Dan Graham. If you have to be up and at 'em at 7:30 in the morning, this is a beautiful place to be. Even in the rain. 






In between meetings and shoots, I stopped off at Locarno Beach. The sun had popped out and the beach was pretty much empty. The tide was out, so there was lots of slimy seaweed to walk over. Managed to slip and ended up sitting in it. Lovely seaweed butt for the remainder of day. Nice. Again, beach was pretty much empty, so I didn't entertain too many people. 




Just a few blocks from the beach there are cute community gardens running along old and overgrown train tracks. 




Last stop on Friday was the Millennium waterfront project. This area housed the Olympic athletes during the winter games. Love the giant birds. Kind of feels like you're in a Pixar film. 




Have a fabulous weekend! Hope it's sunshiny wherever you are. Back on Monday for Baked On Monday....some kind of bar this time. Mmmm.

19 comments:

the southern hostess said...

Absolutely stunning photos. Love all the details.

Yvonne said...

What beautiful photos!!!!
Have a nice saturday,
Many greetings, Yvonne

Colene said...

Wow, that rooftop garden is fab. Is it open to the public?

PS. love your blog!

jan said...

Sounds like a lovely day at work! Sorry that you slipped! Lovely photo's make up for it though!

m.e (Cathie) said...

love your beautiful day!
wonderful pics, wish I was there.
happy Sunday ♥

Andrea Johnson said...

Love the beach photos! Hope your having a nice weekend! Finally, sunshine:)

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Beautiful Janis, just beautiful. Too bad about your seaweed butt ;) xx

considered design said...

woa PC that early morning coffee really worked ! you were motoring ! and there's me thinking I had a busy day.....really incredible photographs...you have some stamina! @ Colene, yup open on a Thursday for tours, book through the gallery website http://www.renniecollection.org/

ps, sorry about the Seaweed butt...

flo said...

It's so nice... And too much differents choices of life in your town... Fantastic !

arvi said...

decades ago as tourist from Edmonton I would wander Vancouver and amaze at all that surrounded and now as a resident I embrace the amaze daily. Yours a day that did the same. Thank you for sharing.

Pinecone Camp said...

Hey considered design, thanks for the info. Everyone who can check out the garden, should. It's a pretty great view of Chinatown, and the garden is fantastic!
Have a good day all!

flwrjane said...

I have never been to Vancouver but now I really want to.

Beautiful pics of a beautiful city.

Those gardens by the tracks....

Jane E. Smith said...

Those shots of the beach and train tracks are my favorites! Love all the flowers and bike! xo
Come visit my inspiration board at galleryofinspiration.blogspot.com!

PinkPanthress said...

I adore all the photos here! <3 Most the roof top & community gardens!

At least you didn't have an audience when you slipped on the slippery seaweed. :D

P.S.: Love the big birdy!
P.P.S.: Wishing you a great start into the week & beyond.

Marcus Design said...

I love living in Vancouver! It feels like everything is at your fingertips. Lovely photos, thank you for sharing them.
Nancy

Pooch Morning Glory said...

wow... what a fun day. i like the poppy pods.
~laura

Gigi said...

Wow. I have always wanted to visit Vancouver, but now I REALLY want to visit! Your photos are pure magic. I'm especially in love with those community gardens along the railroad tracks!

Have a great week! xoxo Gigi

kate / tinywarbler said...

too bad about the seaweed butt... great shots though! i so want to see that giant bird sculpture, there is some great public art in the city now. is that a giant cleat too?

Missing Goat said...

so very pretty Janis. see you soon - there better be some treats as it is monday!!