Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Obsessed with the IPhone (camera)

The IPhone camera makes it easy to spontaneously capture and chronicle events.
I take pictures randomly to post on the blog and Instagram and look at scenes with an eye for a possible photo op...
When I look around I see so many things worthy of recording, so many things of beauty.

I am aware that when I am behind the camera lens that I might not be totally "present" in any given situation.
So I am careful not to let this habit prevent me from fully engaging in the "moment."

Having said that...
I have many images on my camera roll.

An early morning visitor.

If you look closely you can see two grey haired gals in this photo and we are both wearing glasses!

taken from the overhead walkway at the entrance to Holt Renfrew

Mosaic tiled pool at The Vancouver Art Gallery...such a lovely shade of cobalt blue.

We did a lot of walking on our recent visit to Vancouver.
One of the most picturesque walks was False Creek to The Olympic Village and around the Science Centre and over The Granville Street Bridge and back to False Creek.

Public art on a grassy space along the walkway along False Creek
you can see the reflection of the ocean and skyline if you look closely.

Gigantic Jelly Beans perhaps?

Bird sculptures at The Olympic Village

This young child was having a wonderful time sliding down the bird's' tail feathers.

The utilitarian manhole covers were intricately detailed...
they are really quite beautiful.

All this walking gave us an appetite.
We lined up early for the first seating of dinner at the iconic Vij's.
Vikram Vij's Indian Fusion restaurant is located in the South Granville neighbourhood.
It is very popular and is always packed with eager diners.
The food is amazing!

It was a lovely evening and you can see the line up along the sidewalk.
Rangoli is next to Vij's and serves up the same delicious Indian fusion cuisine and they offer take away if you don't want to stand in line.

I did not take any pictures of the food as it was too dark.

The flowers in the ladies washroom were artfully arranged.

The next morning we met our friends for a tasty brunch at Abigail's Party in Kits.

We arrived early and put our name on the list for a table.
This spot is popular and there was a line up...

I opted for the Californian...
Dungeness crab cakes topped with avocado with poached eggs on top.
They were yummy...
we had a great holiday in Vancouver and although there was a lot of walking there was even more eating!

I hopped on the scale this morning and this is how I felt!
It's time to start counting my points again!

I went on a 10K walk this morning and ate a salad for dinner.

 Another instalment in The Ugly Truth series is in the works...

Hope your week is off to a great start...
Be Well and Be Kind.


  1. Looks like you're on the same side of the Hotel as we were, but we were on the top floor. I remember all the Sea Gulls too, but you had a cute visitor!! I think he's trying to tell you and Mr. HB something ;) Such a cutie!! Looks like you had a lovely little get away.

  2. Love that bird sculpture and obviously Chester isn't standing sentry to discourage any visitors.

    1. If Chester had been with us at the hotel...he would have tried to catch that seagull.

  3. You have such a good eye for interesting details and seem to be mastering that iPhone camera. I really enjoyed these pictures!

    1. I think the IPhone camera is better than my older camera and it is so convenient.

  4. I enjoy using my iPhone for photos too. In fact, I've gotten quite lazy and rarely take out my camera any more. How are you finding using Instagram? I have an account, but haven't yet posted anything on it.

    Your trip to Vancouver looks like it was wonderful. And delicious!

    1. I really like Instagram...it is a great way to share images and it is fast. It might replace blogging at some point in time.

  5. Exactly what Une Femme said above. And the details are so you - humorous and pretty.

    1. I like to have fun...a little humour is good for the soul.

  6. Great captures!! I adore the ability to grab quick shots with my Iphone and that's why I share so much on Instagram. You so right about needing to be careful to remain in the moment and not get lost in the capture. I need to remind myself frequently, I'm living this life, not documenting it.

    1. I like Instagram more than I thought I would...and I have only recently joined.
      Your daily posts help to keep me up to date on what you are doing :-)

  7. I do know what you mean about not being fully present when out and about with a camera.It sometimes makes me anxious that I'm not taking as many pics as I could be, then I take loads of the same thing just in case one doesn't come out well! Mad!
    As you say though, just look at those pictures, splenid!
    I do love the one of the seagull on the window sill.
    It looks like you had a marvellous time.

    1. Thank you we did have fun...I snap a few shots of the same things at different angles quickly and then delete the ones that I do not like. I am sure professional photographers do the same.

  8. Vancouver is such an interesting city. Love the public art. I try to be careful about being present when I'm out walking, too. Sometimes, the camera lens lets me see things in new ways.
    What a great time you had!

  9. Sounds like you had a great time on your recent jaunt too... I would love to go to Powell Books!

  10. The stylized frogs on the manhole cover are wild. So are the giant celery "trees" in the Bloody Caesars. You would think they would trim them down a bit? lol.

  11. Hostess. Isn't the IPhone the best? I agree I take so many more photos than I ever did. It's wonderful to always have it and honestly sometimes the quality is better than my regular camera. I love those bird statues!! Also the manholes! So pretty. The trip looks wonderful! x Kim

  12. Your blog is my favorite! I feel more elegant just by reading it! Merci, mille fois!

  13. Oh thank you Parsnip...I wondered if you might have a blog and went to check and see that you are keeping a private profile. If you do have a blog I'd love to pop over and read it...please feel free to email me at bungalowhostess@gmail.com

  14. Fabulous photos! Great humour. Couldn't help imagining one of those giant bird sculptures at the hotel window!
    Looks as though a good time was had by all! Best wishes, Pamela

  15. Lovely pics...makes me homesick for the Northwest.