Monday, February 7, 2011

The Sun Glow In Ocean Park

THERE WAS NO RAIN or snow … just the sun casting shadows and a pale glow. It was a cold and cloudless afternoon last week when I took a stroll around Ocean Park in Surrey, BC. In the distance, I could see a wintry cap of white on Mt. Baker. The volcanic mountain in the United States was visible from the Canadian border region of Surrey where I stopped to take a picture.

I was glad there was no slippery snow at my feet when I turned the corner into a nearby neighborhood play area named Fun Fun Park where kids probably expect to double their fun.

But the park bench was empty and the swings looked frozen and still. A lingering chill must have kept all the children away.

The twin lambs seemed a little lonely and ...

like the miniature ponies, designed only for the tiniest of tots.

I thought of sitting on the slide but its icy blue bottom felt a bit nippy.

I ventured across the street into Kwamois Point Park where the sun strung shadows across my path.

Along the way, I noticed a few people gazing at the view of Semiahmoo and Boundary Bays.

It was nice to see the newly installed fence there.

It created a much needed barrier for onlookers of the watery scene below.

The people were standing where a deep hole had recently been dug (shown above in a previously taken photograph) in the process of building a viewing platform. Renovations to this area of the park began last September. The City of Surrey bought the property from a church group and transformed it into a public park. Otherwise, it would likely be filled with condos or houses and enjoyed by a select few. I am grateful each time I visit and hear the eagles, watch the gulls and breathe in the fresh scented air.

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  1. Thanks for taking us with you on this lovely walk.

  2. Some beautiful scenery on what appears to be a cold winter day. It's great when some urban space can be saved for relaxation and rejuvenation.

  3. What a wonderful walk . I love your photo's, lovely.

  4. Looks like such a great walk in spite of the cold! At least you had gorgeous blue skies and a much better view of Mt Baker than most of us in Washington have had lately! Really terrific captures! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great week!


  5. Wonderful shots of the place. The first shot with ice capped mountain in the background is beautiful.

  6. Some beautiful scenery and a lovely park.

  7. Beautiful scenes from your world. I love the shot of Mt Baker. And the playground looks cute. Wonderful photos.

  8. The first and the last photos are amazing. I like the name of the park! FUN.
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.

  9. It is interesting that photography in the sun leads to quite an exploration of the shadows. Like you, I am very grateful that Vancouver and surrounding cities have taken such an active role in preserving and accessing the natural wonders all around us. A thoughtful and beautiful post, Penelope. That last photo, with the water-wave shadow-shades was especially evocative of the immensity of the ocean. Thanks, Penelope!

  10. The weather looks glorious to me, even though it was a bit too cold to sit on the slide.

  11. WOW! What beautiful crisp, clear photos! Looks like a wonderful place to take a walk.

  12. You live in a beautiful spot, thanks for taking us along on your walk. :-))

  13. I love the photo of the fence, with the shadow lines on the path. I can even feel how the weak sun might give a little melancholy warmth to the walker. So glad they saved this piece of land, it is really beautiful!

  14. A lovely post, Penelope...I felt I was along for the walk with you! I could actually feel the chill, and I do always love to see the outline of Mt. Baker against a clear blue sky. How lucky we are to live where we do, surrounded by so much beauty! Great shadow shots of the fence and water...well done...:)

    And I thoroughly enjoyed your comments on my post about portals. I too would like to do a trip just to photograph entrance ways...would be especially fun to do with someone who doesn't look at me oddly as my husband does, for wanting to take a shot of yet another door...LOL.



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