Behind Bloedel Observatory was a fountain where the sound of water was refreshing on the warm day I visited. I moved around the site to view Henry Moore’s Knife Edge from all sides. Continue reading Dancing water fountain
I’d seen countless photos of Arashiyama’s Bamboo Forest, but still I wanted to go and see it myself. Crowds strolled through the pathway stopping to take photos as I did. Staring up at these giant sentinels was worth the trip until my gaze returned to eye level. Continue reading What was it about the Bamboo Forest?
Some out of state people might think I’m referring to banana benders; the name given to people living in the sunshine state. But I’m talking about the unique architecture of the original wooden homes built especially for the sultry climate. Continue reading What’s a Queenslander?
I entered the steamy atmosphere of Bloedel Observatory located on Queen Elizabeth Park’s highest point. Packed with tropical plants and birds fluttering within the geodesic dome, I inched at a snail’s pace along the path because there was so much to see at every step. Continue reading An observatory on high
A wide path followed Arashiyama’s Katsura River. Below, boats for hire glided up the river, but I walked on that steamy summer day. Luckily, shade from the lush vegetation provided some relief. Continue reading By the Katsura River
Over a year later, I returned to the same Russell Island beach where North Stradbroke Island stretched like a giant crocodile across the channel. Last visit, the tide was high and the beach appeared no more than a metre wide, but on my next trip, the tide was out, and the rippled sand stretched for one hundred metres to the sea. Continue reading Return to Sandy Beach
This was one of Vancouver’s best city locations for a hike. Not only were there plenty of trails away from traffic, but many were up hill. Continue reading Queen Elizabeth Park’s hiking trails