Street photos

The Sportscasters’ booth

by Carol Browne on June 7, 2015 · 0 comments

in Festivities, Street photos, Vancouver

Broadcasting booth Yesterday after all the fun at Maker Faire, Mike wanted to check out the finished broadcasters' booth at the Olympic Cauldron. He'd been watching it being built for the last few weeks out the lunchroom window. This is the view from the lunchroom (with a pretty long lens). Not too shabby. I had seen it in progress, too, a couple of weeks ago, but this really looks great all complete. Really cool. And I like how they reused the banners from the Olympics. That brought back fun memories. We headed down there to see all the people. Sportscasters on the air I'm going to come back another day with an even longer lens to see if I can get some nice portraits. The lady in the green pants did most of the talking (that we could hear) and she had a lovely British accent. And the flames turned on the cauldron! Hooray! Burning hot! I guess it was for the opening of the Fifa Women's World Cup. And it looks like the games will be in town next week, so I'll be keeping an eye out for athletes downtown. ON MY LUNCH HOUR (I get an hour now. So happy about that.). ANYWAY, I didn't see any athletes down there yesterday (other than some of the sportscasters), but I did see these people: A wedding party! Excellent colour choice! I have to say, good colours in this wedding party. Lavender and grey? So nice together. Cedar hat people These people were wearing traditional cedar hats and had instruments. I'm sure they were on their way to be a part of some kind of musical performance. And I'm not sure if this lady was part of the opening ceremonies or not, but she was looking amazing with her floppy hat and bouquet of flowers. Floppy hat downtown She was my favourite photo of the day. A lucky find in the crowd.

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World’s laziest graffiti

by Carol Browne on June 3, 2015 · 0 comments

in Photos, Street photos

Now that's just lazy. Come on, graffiti artist! You can do better than this. I think it's a photo or a picture torn from a magazine and a crappy tag at the bottom. Actually, that hand writing is pretty great. This makes me think this street artist should try a little bit harder. Rather than just stay on the street, I ventured out to a Gastown alley yesterday - the one behind the building where I work. I was hoping to see something interesting. I didn't, really. Just the weird photo thing with a half-hearted tag on it and a lock on the fence that separates the alley from the train tracks. Lock on the fence. I'm not sure what I was hoping for, but this alley was a bit bland. I think the rest of the week I will take photos on the street out front. Definitely more action there. And many men with beards. So much beard action in Gastown. I know it's only Wednesday, but I'm already thinking about the weekend because our backyard needs a good weeding and some attention. The roses are still going strong and the only thing stronger are the weeks and the mint plant. I will be able to get a good harvest of mint and us it for this Mint and Tuna Salad recipe or maybe some Lemon Mint Cookies? Side note: I know Mike would NOT eat the tuna salad ever, but he may eat the cookies on a Faturday.

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The green dumpster

by Carol Browne on February 23, 2015 · 0 comments

in Photos, Street photos, Vancouver

Green dumpster This is another photo from the 3 hour tour of  a photo walk from Saturday. I'm not sure why I like this photo. There's garbage in it! I think it's just the colours - red & green. You don't see that too often in a dreary old alley way. For some reason, I also like the barbed wire. WEIRD. I like how it looks. I don't want to decorate our house with it or anything. I just like it. I don't understand that at all. ANYWAY, I had the nicest surprise for dinner tonight. I stayed downtown to meet some friends. Mike had the day off and took some photos in Steveston AND picked up some delicious meat at place called, The Hog Shack. That was the tastiest meat I've ever eaten. I had some pulled pork with a little sauce. I'm not much for any kind of sauce on meat - BBQ sauce? Blech. Teriyaki sauce? GROSS. Just plain old meat with some salt, pepper and spices? Yes! I am going to be dreaming about that dinner tonight. Other things I'll be dreaming about? Being the instagram photographer at the Oscars. Instead, look at these beautiful portraits by Mark Selinger of well dressed famous people. The portraits are awesome.

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Old Vegas at night

by Carol Browne on November 29, 2014 · 0 comments

in Festivities, Photos, Street photos

Perry's Supper ClubWas it Thursday or Friday? Wait. Yesterday was Friday, so it must have been Thursday when we discovered our true love of of Vegas was OLD Vegas, not fancy pants, The Strip. While The Strip did offer beautiful and lovely things to see, like The Venetian and Tori Spelling, Old Vegas has awesome signage, history, a shark tank and crappy old souvenir stores where we bought ALL your presents. HA! Just kidding. Well, actually, not really. Who could turn down a $4 Vegas back scratcher? Spoiler alert: Not Mike. Slots of Fun! I have LOTS of photos to share of all the neon signage and somehow I will be incorporating those photos into the yearly Advent Calendar. No idea how that's going to work yet, but I'll play that by ear (as per usual). One of my favourite signs was the Slots A Fun sign we passed by several times on our bus journeys to The Golden Nugget. This casino was right next to Circus Circus and we WILL be frequenting that casino and hotel the next time we go back. We'll be going back, alright. And I will be sitting front and centre at Slots A Fun, I can tell you that. Me riding The Deuce That's me on the upper deck of The Deuce. While it's the slowest way around Vegas - talk about the milk run - it was an excellent way to get around. Now that we're home (and it's snowing. What? How Canadian was that? Come home to Vegas to snow?) I have to say that I am sad about a couple of things: 1) I did not see a single newly married couple coming out of the assorted wedding chapels. We did see 1 bride running through a casino - I think it was at Caesar's Palace - but I don't think that was AFTER her wedding. I think she was probably running late to her own wedding. And trust me, I know all about that. 2) I did not see a SINGLE Elvis impersonator. A travesty for sure. And to make matters worse, Jason's dad (also staying at Treasure Island at the same time as we were) saw no fewer than 4 fake Elvises. What the? Just for that reason alone, we have to go back. HAVE TO. And stay at The Golden Nugget.

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Safety First

November 5, 2014

I took this photo tonight before it started raining. We have been warned! Mega rainfall warning in effect tonight – up to 70 mm. 2.75 inches of rain. Time to batten down the hatches. I like this photo because it looks like the girl with the phone is in perilous danger, but she’s fine. She […]

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The thrill of the hunt

October 21, 2014

I snapped this photo on the photowalk where we ended up shopping in thrift stores down by the water. And the only reason we walked up the street was to see if there were more thrift stores. What can I say? We’re hooked on reducing, recycling and reusing. Also, I think it’s the thrill of […]

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Looking

October 7, 2014

Whoa! I am up late on a school night. After meeting up with some friends, I took long train ride home. A very long train ride. I won’t go into the details, but I could not stop looking at someone on the train who had her thumb and her first finger in her nostril. Two […]

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Brought to you by the letter, “W”.

October 1, 2014

Worky work is getting very busy – the last portfolio show of the year is next week and we’ve got plenty to do before the big day. I’ll be working this weekend and my coworker and I will get everything prepared. We will even have a floor plan ready for tomorrow. I feel so grown […]

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“In the unlikely event…”

September 30, 2014

I had quite the eye opening day today. As part of the Health and Safety committee at work (and being the Fire Warden of the 10th floor) I was required to take an earthquake and fire safety course this morning, followed by a fire drill. Today I learned that: 1) Canada had 3,348 earthquakes last […]

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I waited all day to make meatballs…

September 17, 2014

but before I got home, I missed a fire on the 20th story of the SFU Building. I guess there was a fire in the walls (yikes! Scary!) and they had locked down a block on Hastings Street. Thankfully, this did not interfere with my commute home AND I don’t think anyone was injured in […]

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