We spent some very relaxing hours at Whytecliff Park today – and we saw so many animals!
There was this little jewel beetle that landed on Marcus’s pants.
Then we saw all the busy bees and bumblebees, watched cormorants, crows, spotted towhees, white-crowned sparrows, crows, a blue heron, bald eagles, harbour seals…
We never had a dull moment.
Nature also showed us some gorgeous clouds, strong waves, and a beautiful sunset.
The sun was still shining after our short visit at the Vancouver Aquarium, and so we spontaneously decided to stay a bit longer at Stanley Park and walk around Lost Lagoon.
On our way there, we walked through Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden which is always nice, but now that it was in full bloom, it was even more impressive.
Today we finally set out to explore the Touch Wood Sculpture Exhibition at VanDusen Botanical Garden. The weather was perfect for a leisurely stroll through the garden, and we saw a lot of the sculptures, but as you can see in the pictures, four of those were our favourites: Shattered Spheres (made of cedar shards) by Brent Comber, Cedar Ravens (stained with black milk paint) by Paul Burke, Nine Sentinels (broadleaf maple forms, standing in a circle) by Brent Comber and finally, Chickadees (various songbird houses, made of mixed woods) by Nathan Lee and Trevor Coghill.
Naturally, we also admired all the natural beauty there, including those beautiful sunflowers and water plants like water lilies.
Near the Nine Sentinels, with all those coloured maple leaves, it already looked like a bit of autumn. Besides, I also liked those reflections of a tree in the water, amazing, eh?
Anyway, as it was only early afternoon and we were in Vancouver already, we thought why not head over to the Vancouver Aquarium for a short visit? And that was what we did…
Finally we found some time to hop onto the SkyTrain and go to Vancouver where we wanted to visit our favourite animals at the Vancouver Aquarium again.
On the way there along the waterfront we had a short stop at Cardero Park where we admired those huge tulips and all the other beautiful flowers.
Inside the Aquarium we first of all headed to Jack and Daisy but we only found their empty habitat which had to be cleaned. Fortunately, we could still have a look at them as they were swimming in the smaller dolphin habitat (without the dolphins, of course!).
Hana and Helen were quite active, and we were observing them in the underwater exhibit and later during one of their great shows where they showed us a lot of their activities.
By the way, near the dolphin habitat there is this huge native art salmon which looks pretty good.
Of course, we did not forget to visit the penguins with Hope, our favourite one, and went on to see Tanu and Katmai who were rafting together. That was so cute!
On our way home we went through Stanley Park (where we found another geocache – yay!) and then simply had to take the detour to the Lost Lagoon from where we went to see Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden (named after them as they donated so many plants to Stanley Park). And this is such a beautiful place, especially now that the rhododendrons are in full bloom.
At the Coal Harbour Community Centre we saw those huge tulips (most of them still in the sun) – and I had to take some pictures with them, the marina and Vancouver’s waterfront.
Once again, we had a most beautiful and sunny day at Vancouver, and we will be back soon.