Sunday, January 24, 2010
We went for a walk at the eastern tip of Lulu Island, a triangle of land known as Port Royal, which is part of the city of New Westminster. It was about as cold as the picture suggests, with a bone-chilling wind whipping down the the river. The mountains show both soft and clear on days like this, with low winter light and a high, heavy overcast. On other days, you would not know they were there. When I first moved to Vancouver, during a typical rainy winter, I kept asking my wife, who grew up here, where the mountains were. It's amazing that things so immense can hide so easily.
We returned west across the island's central highway, through farmland that covers its eastern half. I pulled the mountains closer with a telephoto lens.
This last image shows the mountains backing North Vancouver and West Vancouver. The depression on the left is Cypress Bowl, which is where the Olympic snow-boarding and free-style skiing events are to be held in a few weeks. It is presently snow-challenged. Persistent warm temperatures and heavy rain have taken away much of what fell in late autumn. If necessary, runs will be constructed using hay bales, which will be covered with snow carted down from higher up.