mardi, mai 06, 2008

A LA PLAGE
TO THE BEACH

Voici la suite de mon voyage dans l'Ouest canadien, en août 2006: Vancouver. Vous y verrez des lieux et des choses magnifiques, ma rencontre avec une artiste formidable, et à la fin... un accident... ;o)

Here is the second part of my trip to Western Canada in August 2006: Vancouver. You'll see some wonderful places and things, my encounter with a fabulous artist and at the end... an accident. ;o)



Lundi le 7 août 2006
Monday, August the 7th 2006


La journée était magnifique. Nous nous sommes levées très tôt, et nous avons déjeuné dans un petit resto de l'autre côté de la rue: "The Two Parrots"... Nous allions y déjeuner presque tous les matins de cette semaine à Vancouver.
The day was beautiful. We got up very early and went for Breakfast at the "Two Parrots", a restaurant on the other side of the street where we would go almost all the week we would be in Vancouver.


Nous avons ensuite décidé d'aller passer l'avant-midi à la plage. Près de l'Université, il y a de nombreuses plages de sable où on peut se promener. Et je voulais mettre mes pattes dans l'océan Pacifique, comme je l'avais fait en juin dans l'Atlantique. Respectons la devise du Canada que diable!!!! D'un Océan à l'Autre...
Then we decided to have a morning at the beach. Near UBC, there are many beautiful beaches where one can take some long walks. And I wanted to bath my feet into that Pacific Ocean, like I did a few months before in the Atlantic. I wanted to respect the motto of Canada, "From Sea ot Sea"...

Les Rocheuses, pas très loin...
The Rockies not very far away...


Et la ville de Vancouver.
And Vancouver skyline.




Mes pattes...
My feet...




J'adore regarder toutes les choses qui se retrouvent sur la plage. J'aime ramasser des coquillages ou des roches...
Il y en a qui disent que ces choses vertes sont des algues... Moi, je sais que ce sont des cheveux de sirène... :)
I love to take a look at all the things on the sand. I collect rocks and shells.
Some people say that those green things are seaweeds. I know that in reality, those are Mermaids Hair... :)




Et le suspect habituel de convenance.... Toujour présent partout!
And the usual suspect. He's everywhere!

Et n'oubliez pas Monsieur Lapin Poulain!
And don't forget
Monsieur Lapin Poulain!

22 commentaires:

Anonymous a dit…

The Rockies form a fantastic backdrop MerlinPrincesse! Beautiful photographs! Ewww, the Mermaid's hair appears a tad slimey! What 'usual suspect' is that? It has the beak of a gull but feathers of a plover from Down Under :)

merlinprincesse a dit…

It's an immature gull... Probably just two year old... :)The beak and the feet tell it all! :) But I've checked the plover (we have this bird here in Quebec too) and that is true that it looks like it... I think it's probably a Herring Gull... Not 100% sure, but it's the most commum gull in Canada...

Anonymous a dit…

Thanks for that Merlinprincesse! My book says there are Franklin Gulls in Canada, but no mention of Herring Gulls but it only mentions those who visit Australia. Does it have a black head sometimes? (when breeding)

merlinprincesse a dit…

No. I don't think so... :) The Herring Gull is also seen everywehre in Quebec Province... They like to visit my neighbourhood... Common common common! They are at war with our crows for food! And very often seen near Mcdonalds... Yup. they like french fries...
If you google/image Herring Gulls (in French, it's Silver Gulls) you'll see that they are very different during the first, second and third Winter (when they are adults).

Anonymous a dit…

We have Australian Silver Gulls! In fact they are our only gulls on the coasts of Australia! All the others just visit from elsewhere, but our Silver Gulls are ALL OURS! Hmmm, how can they be there too? They do look a little different with their beaks more robust and don't appear as petite as ours...

Anonymous a dit…

When you have time, click on my Silver Gull label and you will see the colour difference in their bills! Hhehheee

Night!

Esther Montgomery a dit…

We live not far from the sea in Dorset (England).

About now (late spring) a red seaweed gets washed up on the beach that is not unlike your mermaid's hair - but it's shorter and not so slimy.

We have quite a few gulls - Herring Gulls, Black Blacks and Black Headed.

We also have a small colony of Little Terns - which everyone gets excited about because there aren't many of them.

But we don't have mountains. I miss mountains. In your photos - they are breathtaking.

Esther
ESTHER IN THE GARDEN

merlinprincesse a dit…

RED BILL SILVER GULLS!!!!! Beautiful! But they really look like our Herring Gulls, Anon! I will try to post a pic of an ordinary gull from Quebec... I know I have one somewhere... :)

Our mountains on this side of Canada are not as big as the Rockies, Esther! :) Cause they are older...But we have a few beautiful places where we can to UP UP UP!!!:) Even near the City!
And having Terns is fabulous! They are marine birds and we also have a few species in the Province... :) Still have to visit to see how your Martian Hubby goes! ;o)

merlinprincesse a dit…

I meant we can GO up! :(

Anonymous a dit…

MerlinPrincesse, I watched a documentary about Ice Storms in Canada last night and know what you were talking about now. It was scary and horrific!

Off the watch telly now ... have a good and warm day :)

Aravis a dit…

The first photo in this series is my favorite. It makes me feel as though I'm walking on that beautiful beach too!

I also especially liked the one of the sea weed under water. The color and the flowing lines are lovely to look at.

merlinprincesse a dit…

I had a sunny day, Anon, thanks! :) Yup, ice storms can be terrible. There was a big big one in the Province a few years ago, but Quebec City only had snow... The ice storm lasted for many days in the South of the Province, and North of the USA... The big problem was with electricity.... Some people had to be evacuated... I remember one we had in the Seventies.... I was still living with my parents and we had no electricity for 2 days... I remember my mom making soup in the fireplace... Hheheeh... I took some pics, but I wonder where the negatives are! ;o)

Thanks, Aravis! The tide was really low when we were there and we had to walk at least 20 minutes to have access to water... :)

Caroline a dit…

What a beautiful set of photos!

I love the mountains in the background particularly.

Mongoose a dit…

Salut Helene, ca fait longtemps! J'ai vu un blog avec une photo de chat marrante alors il faut bien sur que je partage ca avec toi. C'est ici.

- the blogger formerly known as HawkOwl

Tony LaRocca a dit…

What kind of product does the Mermaid use to keep her hair so nice and slimy? :D

merlinprincesse a dit…

Those were amazing mountains, Caroline! :) But not as impressive as the Alps... Whooohooo!!! Love mountains, but just to visit..Hhehehe. I am a Sea Girl... Hheheh.... Should I say a Mermaid? :)

Allo Marie! J'ai fait un tour sur ton blog! Beaucoup de choses semblent avoir changé pour toi... La vie, c'est comme une boite de chocolats... On ne sait jamais sur quoi on va tomber... :)

Probably a new shampoo made with sea water, Tony... :) And some Jellyfishes! :))))

kj a dit…

these shots are beautiful! the mountains behind the ocean--how perfect is that?!

i am a sea girl too. bette midler said once "i love everything about the sea. seashells. seaweeds. c minus"

ha!

hope all is well!

:)

merlinprincesse a dit…

Hhehehe! Bette is a real funny girl! :) I try to remember how the mountains could be BEHIND the sea... mmm... Think I was in a bay... Vancouver geography is really complicated... I've checked on google Earth... Yup.
My life is a bit crazy those days, KJ. Thanks for visiting! :) Will try to resume my programs as soon as possible...

Ces a dit…

I like the seaweeds.

merlinprincesse a dit…

What seaweeds? Those are mermaid hair!!!! :)

Caty a dit…

des belles photos! j'habité Vancouver pendant des années! c'est beau....et il pleût TOUT le temps....:) sauf un petit moment en été...:)...et l'eau! belle et...glacé!

mais..oui.....l'endroit est magnifique!

merlinprincesse a dit…

Hhehehe, j'imagine que j'ai été chanceuse, car quand j'y étais, il a fait beau tout le temps! :) Ou presque...