This is Brockton Point Lighthouse from inside Stanley Park in Vancouver. The last time I was there I took a walk into the park and ended going a lot further than I planned. That happens a lot when I'm taking pictures, one thing leads to another. This is from a spot that looks across the bay towards the city of North Vancouver which is distinct from Vancouver proper.
It was the middle of summer so even though it was around nine in the evening it was still light. I love how long the nights are in summer, especially in northern latitudes. Of course it's just the opposite in winter, long nights and short days.
To get here I walked past a collection of totem poles that are on display. Original nations art and artifacts are on display all over Vancouver. There is also a reservation across the bay and as I walked here I could hear the drums of a powwow. I walked over to the lighthouse, around the bend and back to Vancouver, arriving back at the hotel after making at least a dozen more stops. I got back it at midnight and had just enough time to pack up, grab a quick nap and head to the airport for an early flight back home.
Today and tomorrow we are getting a tropical storm that's dumping a bunch of rain in the Tampa area. That's normal for this time of year. I look forward to getting outside to take pictures of the calm after the storm. This is an image I took a few weeks back after an afternoon thunderstorm. In the evening the clouds dissipate causing them to scatter like brushstrokes in the sky.
Sometimes we can tell that a storm is coming by the behavior of the birds. Where I live the houses form a circle around a stand of trees. The houses shield the trees from the winds and so birds will congregate as much a twenty-four hours before a storm. How they know is beyond me, I'm pretty sure they're not watching the weather channel. Maybe the weather channel is watching them, you never know.
This is the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The surface of the road is four-hundred feet high and spans about eight miles over the entrance to the bay. When storms come through the wind can get high enough that they close it down. I've driven over the bridge in a tropical storm and it was an experience I won't forget. However the next day the winds die down, the birds return to the shore and we all go about our business like it never even happened; summertime in Florida.
That building on the left is the Riverhouse Reef and Grill. I live near a crossroads of sorts, it's a main thoroughfare between the two towns of Palmetto and Bradenton. As it happens the thoroughfare is really a couple of bridges over a river, and on each side of the river are marinas, parks and restaurants. All in all it's a pretty nice place to explore and you don't have to go too far to find a good waterfront restaurant.
Sometimes we'll come to this place in Palmetto, other times we'll go directly across the river to Pier 22 in Bradenton. We sit outside, why sit indoors when the weather is so good? Its rare that we go to an indoor restaurant with so many options. I'm not fanatical about eating outside but it's rare we go out and eat indoors.
I took this shot at dusk from a concrete pier that used to be the main bridge between the two towns. Someone recently told me that the main bridge was destroyed in a hurricane back in the sixties and so now it's just a fishing pier. It's a nice place to walk at dusk and sunset, especially after eating too much at the Riverhouse Reef and Grill.