Friday, December 31, 2010

Vancouver Aquarium

I spent a day in Vancouver recently.  Had planned on going skiing with my daughter who lives there, but we ended up going to a Christmas concert instead.  Because my wife was away in Michigan visiting her parents, I spent the day in Vancouver while waiting for my daughter to finish work and walked across town to Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium.  These are some of the pictures.

I was especially fascinated with the Jellyfish which were in beautifully lighted displays that invited endless pictures.  The pictures shown here are only a very few of the many I took.  Besides the Jellyfish the displays of the sea creatures from the Pacific Northwest was fascinating.  Most of these are identified, but there are a few which I forgot to record.

Giant Green Anemone

Orange Sea Pen

Giant White-plumed Anemone

Vermillion Rockfish

Giant Plumose Anemone

Fish-eating Anemone

Beluga Whale

Clown Anemonefish (Nemo)

Lined Seahorse

Red Lionfish

Threadfin Butterflyfish

Banggai Cardinalfish

Copperband Butterflyfish

Spotted Garden Eel

Emerald Tree Boa

Dyeing Poison Frog

Pacific White-sided Dolphins

Fried Egg Jelly

Blue Jelly and Immature Moon Jellies

Spotted Jellies

Sea Nettles

Moon Jellies

Friday, December 24, 2010

Andre Rieu Concert

These are pictures from the Andre Rieu concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, that my wife and I attended several weeks ago.  We had been given tickets as a 35th wedding anniversary gift by our children, along with a hotel room in the area of Roger's Arena where the concert was held.  After spending the day exploring the city, we enjoyed our evening at the concert and the time off from the daily grind.

This video was hand-held. I did not have my tripod along, nor would I have had room to use it. It does give an idea, however, of the type of music we heard and the wonderful evening we experienced.  I wish now that I had taken more video, but was having trouble holding the camera still and gave up on the recording.