A Fraser River Island, taken from Skytrain window, New Westminster, BC. Port Mann Bridge in the background.
These islands are young, dynamic, low-lying, silty affairs, covered with airborne colonizers (notably, black cottonwood), bird-poop-borne colonizers (notably, Himalayan blackberry), and waterborne colonizers, (notably, and prettily, purple loosestrife). The first is native, and becomes a very impressive tree, the favourite nesting platform of Bald Eagles in the Lower Mainland. The other two are Old Worlders, well-known as invasive species in these parts. Ecology aside, the magenta was a colourful contrast to the predominant grey of the day.
North Vancouver, from Canada Place.
Back at Waterfront in Vancouver, we walked around Canada Place to show the children the docked cruise ships (which at this time of year run up to Alaska and back). Those vessels are honestly too big to photograph from so close. So I pointed my camera across the Burrard Inlet to North Vancouver, to the mysterious sulfur piles, as yellow as yellow can be, much yellower than the yellow float plane in the foreground. The sulfur piles were --like the purple loosestrife -- out of place, but provided a welcome splash of colour on a gloomy day.