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Cherry blossoms frame The Lions, two landmark peaks in the North Shore Mountains


Cleveland Park, North Vancouver

Sunrise on the North Shore Mountains highlighted peaks of The Lions.


From Wikipedia:

The Lions are a pair of pointed peaks (West Lion – 1,646 m (5,400 ft), East Lion – 1,606 m (5,269 ft) along the North Shore Mountains.


They can be seen from much of the Greater Vancouver area. Along with the Lions Gate Bridge named in their honour, the twin summits have become one of the most recognizable Vancouver landmarks.


The city's BC Lions CFL football team is named in their honour. Lions Gate Entertainment founded in Vancouver in July, 1997 is also named for the peaks.


The Tokens:

Did they name ther hit song after these lions?

The Tokens are an American male doo-wop-style vocal group and record production company group from Brooklyn, New York. They are best known for their chart-topping 1961 single, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"

"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."

-- Edmund Hillary


This is St. Mark's Peak, a great place to stop and have lunch. The hike begins at Cypress Mountain and leads up to Unnecessary Peak and the The Lions. This lookout is often far enough for us. It is called Unnecessary Peak because you don't need to go any further once you reach this view.


One of my best friends lost someone very special to her in the mountains last week. He still hasn't been found.

My thoughts are with her and with Mark's family.


Looking across Capilano Lake to the Lions surrounded by clouds

Went down to Crescent Beach on Saturday. It was simply gorgeous. Walked for hours. Not a great picture taking day as it was soooo bright and sunny that everything either became washed out or light and shadow. Got a few interesting shots I will post scattered throughout the week but here was one looking towards the mountains... Still smiling it was such an excellent day.


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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Looking towards Lincoln Cathedral from the Beer Garden of the Grade II Listed Lion & Snake public House, 79 Bailgate, Lincoln, Lincolnshire.


Originally dating from 1590 the current building was mostly rebuilt in 1919, while retaining first-floor jetty and some medieval stone walls. Upper storey rendered. Ground floor underbuilt in brick. Incorporates rear stables. It was called the Lion in 1515, the Ram 1500s/1600s, 1649 the Greyhound; 1667 the Red Lion, 1668 the Ram; 1726 the Red Lion; 1735 (William Poole landlord) Red Lyon and Snake; 1783 the Red Lion and Snake, 1826 the Lion and Snake. 1807-1820 John and Frances Woodthorpe; 1839-1841 John Moss; 1842, 1857 Robert Jackson, innkeeper; 1867-1892 G R Brailsford. Mostly rebuilt after the roof collapsed in 1919. J Hole and Co in 1925-1948.


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Capilano Lake is a lake located in the District of North Vancouver and West Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. It is a watershed administered by the Metro Vancouver and accounts for approximately 40% of Greater Vancouver's water supply.[1] The southern part of the lake is within the Capilano River Regional Park; it is also in this area that the lake is separated from the Capilano River's southern portion by the Cleveland Dam.


HFF and thanks for dropping by!!

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I used my camera as commander and my Nikon SB700 as an off camera flash with a printed reflection


Camera Nikon D7000

Lens Sigma AF 150mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro OS HSM

Exposure 0.003 sec (1/320)

Aperture f/6.3

Focal Length 150 mm

ISO Speed 200


© Bram Reinders

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The city skyline, including transit tracks, marine drive station, city houses and north shore mountains, viewed when riding skytrain (Canada Line) facing north, in Vancouver BC Canada.

There are also lots of blooming high-rise buildings constructions beside the transit station.


Camera Information:

Model: Sony NEX-5N, Shutter Speed: 1/800 sec, Aperture: f/6, Focal Length: 50mm, ISO: 100

Lens: Metabones Sony A-mount to NEX Speed Booster Adapter + Sony 50mm f/1.4 Lens Alpha Mount (SAL50F14).

Time for a little preening.

Love the fresh green leaves framing the scene!


The gurdwara (Punjabi: ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ, gurdu'ārā or ਗੁਰਦਵਾਰਾ, gurdvārā), meaning "the doorway to the Guru", is the Sikh place of worship here in Vancouver.


This Sikh temple, completed in 1970, was designed by the acclaimed Canadian architect, Arthur Erickson.


The Lions are a pair of pointed peaks (West Lion - 1,646 m (5,400 ft);[1] East Lion - 1,606 m (5,269 ft))[2] along the North Shore Mountains in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.




PS drive by shot through heavy traffic (from the passenger seat).

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

One from the archives. This is the Howe Sound Trail from Cypress Bowl past the Lions and on to Squamish, BC.

View from the peak of Dam Mountain.

I went for a fun afternoon drive with my friend, Joy.

We went to the dam and the base of grouse mountain to see wolves that must have escaped their enclosure as they were no where to be seen.

Then went for a bite down at the quay.

These peaks are highly representative of the Vancouver area, and are popular with hikers and climbers as much today as ever. They were originally known variously as the Sisters, Twin Sisters, and Sheba's Paps

Snow-capped mountains in Vancouver, Canada

This photo was chosen to be in a Country-Western music video. The songwriter works with me and he is putting photos into a slide show to go with his songs.


The view from St. Mark's Peak on the trail to the Lions. British Columbia, BC.

made by a famous dutch artist ...;-)))) press "L" if you like to go back in time....


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View from Capilano River Regional Park next to Cleveland Dam...

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Taken a little after sunset, the last evening in May. ... DSC_0663

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Last Monday I got up early before work and took a few photos around the city. This shot of the Lions Gate Bridge shows traffic coming in and out of the city center through Stanley Park.


Opening in 1938, the Lions Gate Bridge crosses the first narrows of Burrard Inlet and connects the City of Vancouver to the North Shore municipalities of the District of North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and West Vancouver. The term "Lions Gate" reflects the Lions, a pair of mountain peaks north of Vancouver.


I took this shot for the Global Creative Photography Project. The theme this week is movement.

View On Black


Do you belive in good or bad luck 'omens'? If so, here's one for you. This is a photograph of Venus transiting our sun. The transit event occurs in pairs a little more than a century apart. The last time it happened in our lifetimes was 2004, just before the Tsunami in Indonesia. It won't happen again for something like 105 1/2 years from now.


So why am I posting this image? For one, I think it's kind of interesting when things like this happen. But the real reason was because it took a lot of effort to learn how to take a picture of the sun with a digital SLR. There are a few excellent resources (below) that will help you if you want to take a picture in the future.


The Story of the transit in ancient times

I thought it would be interesting to share the story of the early astronomers who tried to witness this event. Some of them are quite tragic... The first person ever to record the phenomenon was a young astronomer called Jeremiah Horrocks in Much Hoole, a tiny village in the north of England. In November 1639, he watched it using a small telescope.


Horrocks died of unknown causes two years later aged only 22, and it was up to Edmond Halley (yeah, that guy 'Halley' of Halley Commet fame) to add to his legacy. In 1716, Halley called on nations to join forces and record the event from different positions around the world.


He realized that timing the transit from different spots would give astronomers comparative figures to calculate the distance between the Earth and the Sun using trigonometry. This was the first time accurate data could be obtained for the event.


My favorite story happened a centurylater in 1761. French astronomer Guillaume Le Gentil went to India in answer to Halley’s call, but missed it because of a stormy voyage. He waited in India for eight years for the next one in 1769, but missed that, too, because of clouds. To add insult to injury, when he returned home Le Gentil found out that he had been declared "dead" by his wife who actually remarried and spent all of his money with her new husband... nice!


Whether you are of a superstitious or a scientific mind, do not look at the sun with the naked eye.

Either use special solar viewing glasses (make sure they come with a CE safety mark) or use a telescope to safely project the image on to a screen.


More Information

Good thread on "welding glass" as a ND Filter


Excellent article about today's transit


NASA's live and extended coverage of the event


I shot this with a Canon 100-400L plus 2x teleconverter and a 7d. It was all mounted on a Vanguard Tripod.


Quick point of scale... Venus is 23.7million miles away (at its closest point) and the Sun is about 150 million miles away. Venus is 0.9488 the size of Earth. These two figures give you an idea of how massive the sun is co(and how far away everything must be).



I mounted the gear on a tripod and used gaffer's tape to attach a #14 shade welder's glass to the lens hood. If you do this - make sure you use the right welding glass. You also need to make sure absolutely no light can get in behind the welding glass. It will create relfections and distoritons.


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