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What I wanted to post yesterday

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There was something wrong with the WordPress editor yesterday. I was unable to add the media from my files then. These are the two images I wanted to upload. I used them more than once during the Weekly Photo Challenge. So these are my favourites.

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June 7, 2018 at 11:37 am

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The Last Photo Challenge

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WordPress have now ceased issuing a Weekly Photo Challenge. This is, I think, a shame, since I have found it a useful way to keep on blogging. I used to post quite often on the issues of transportation and land use planning in the Lower Mainland of BC, and some of the broader environmental and political issues related to that. But after a few years it seemed to me that I had run out of new things to say. At the same time I was posting to twitter (in very short format) and facebook, and more often than not that provoked a hostile response rather than the very valuable exchanges of views that used to occur on this blog.

The photo challenge introduced me to many new people who had not read this blog before. I thought it might also tempt a few to look at my flickr stream since that is where I post most of my pictures. That does not seem to have happened very much.

The final challenge was to post All-Time Favourites and I notice that there are at the time of writing 415 responses to that. When it was issued I was on an Alaskan cruise and had limited to access to the internet, so I did not respond immediately. And right now I have over 1200 photos from that trip to sort out! So I am going to pick a photo that I have used more than once. And I have to report that using the usual “Add content” button to access this photo from images that I have already uploaded to WordPress is not working. Which might just be a temporary glitch but is very frustrating.

It also prevents me from adding a “featured image”, which is going to cut down on the response rate I get.

Small girl, red school uniform

 

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June 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

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Vancouver House is a condominium at the end of Granville Bridge that makes the most of a restricted site by a design that is twisted. This photo was taken a month ago, and the construction is now nearer completion.

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By a curious coincidence Price Tags – another Vancouver based blog has a more recent picture this morning.  Which saves me having to go out a try for a better shot. I can’t say that this design fills me with affection, but it is unusual.

Somewhere in my photostream is a picture of a very twisted tree trunk, but Flickr’s search engine – as usual – seems incapable of finding it. Maybe that will be one of the benefits of the takeover by SmugMug.

UPDATE

WordPress has announced that the Daily Post and all its challenges will cease issuing new challenges on May 31. I am leaving Vancouver for a cruise tomorrow – and I doubt that I will have a connection to the internet for a couple of weeks. So this is the last post I will make with this heading. It was fun while it lasted. Thanks to those who followed me, as a result of these WPC posts. And thanks to all those who “liked” my posts.

 

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May 23, 2018 at 10:13 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Liquid

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My first reaction this week’s photo challenge was to repost some of my beer pictures. It is one of the most frequent subjects on my Instagram and Flickr streams. There are also lots of river and sea pictures – but again more about the scenery than the water. Which  is when I thought of waterfalls!

Vetter Falls

Vetter Falls, BC

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls, BC

Blackiston Falls

Blackiston Falls, Alberta

Waterfall

Cameron Falls, Alberta

Twin Falls

Twin Falls, North Vancouver, BC

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May 16, 2018 at 9:34 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

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This is my photo that I took from the Window of a Dash 8 as it returned from Terrace to my Place in the World, Vancouver. The plane was almost directly overhead of where we live – but this is one of the places we go to. False Creek, Granville Island, downtown. This where we go for walks, and great restaurants, theatres and the Orpheum – home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Exactly where we go “to feel inspired or cheered up”. We can get there on the bus, bikes (using the new Arbutus Greenway to avoid the traffic) or car2go and Evo. Two great car sharing services which means there are no worries about parking. We often walk one way and drive the other because of this flexibility. Of course we have Compass cards for transit and I get a concession fare – and sometimes people even give up their seat for me!

There are lots of pictures of Vancouver on my flickr photostream. And also quite a lot from New York. By the way, Erica V (who set the challenge this week) seems to be a bit mixed up. She talks about New York as though it is “an island”. Wrong. There are five boroughs in the City and what she is talking about is Manhattan. And I would bet, just lower Manhattan at that. There is a lot more to the City than that. Again, on my flickr stream there are pictures of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. I have yet to visit the Bronx – and I want to add Coney and Long Islands too. We have also enjoyed Roosevelt and Ellis Islands.

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May 9, 2018 at 10:30 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unlikely

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There are still some glaciers

I took this picture out of the window of a plane flying from Vancouver to Terrace last week. It was a beautiful day, and I spent most of the flight staring out of the window at the Coast Mountains. There are still some glaciers there. Not as many now, and they are probably somewhat smaller than they used to be, though apparently that is not the case everywhere. However, the reason that I am posting this picture here, now is that it is very unlikely that we will be able to take photos like this in the future.

This is not a matter of belief. Climate change is an established fact. What is worse, climate change denial means that we are putting off the necessary actions to meet that challenge. Most disappointing in that regard are the actions of the present governments in Canada and British Columbia. Justin Trudeau was elected to change the policies of the previous conservative government. He said that he would live up to commitments to reduce ghg emissions and signed the Paris accord. But at the same time he was determined to see the expansion of the Athabasca Tar Sands – and that includes building a new TransMountain pipeline to feed a much expanded export terminal in the Burrard Inlet. He claims that this is necessary to fund the development of newer, cleaner alternative energy sources. The Premier of British Columbia opposes that idea – but not because of its impact on climate but the probable impact of a spill – either on land (which would be the responsibility of Kinder Morgan) or at sea (which would be the responsibility of the federal government – which is to say all Canadians). He is also promoting a completely unnecessary hydroelectric project called Site C on the Peace River near Fort St John.  I say “unnecessary” because it is only needed if there is more development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for export. Fracking the gas for export releases methane, and makes LNG a worse case of greenhouse gas increase than coal.

In both cases, there are short term political gains because so many people have been taken in by the promise of economic growth and jobs from the tar sands and LNG expansion. But both rely on developing markets in Asia – and that is also unlikely. Because there they are developing wind and solar power far more rapidly than we are. China is determined to be the leader in electric car production. Most of the previous climate change agreements failed to deliver simply because western politicians refused to accept that China and India would do their part to reduce carbon emissions, due to their determination to increase their own economic status. In fact both are benefitting from the rapidly dropping cost of renewables. They also have access to much closer and more convenient fossil fuel resources. There is plenty of natural gas there, for instance, and Chinese oil refineries are not designed to cope with heavy oil feedstocks.  The latest news about a new BC LNG plant is that it will be designed and built in Japan. So much for all those new jobs we were supposed to be getting. Another unlikely prospect.

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May 2, 2018 at 11:52 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

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I took this photo back in 2009, when I lived in Richmond.

Much more recently, we were checking out the improvements that have been made to the seawall around False Creek near Granville Island. On flickr someone commented on the “leading line” – but all I thought I was doing was noting how much better the path is when there is a separate space for cyclists and pedestrians.

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So this is my response to the challenge Lines

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April 25, 2018 at 11:27 am