Tuesday, December 30, 2014

City Views and Country Views

Pale pinky skies. Early light glints off skyscrapers in downtown Vancouver, seen from our daughter and son-in-law's apartment.

I open the fifth floor apartment window, carefully hang the camera around my neck and lean out to take photos from different angles. The view straight ahead - white church spires draw the eye upwards.

Driving eastward from Vancouver we walk along the path at Fish Trap Creek in Abbotsford, just behind the home we lived in while Tim completed his masters degree.

Cold blue skies and even colder wind made the walking brisk and a little short. The geese and ducks seemed happy enough.

Further east yet to Chilliwack and a mid-afternoon walk with Tim and my father. Mist rises from the river, gulls ride the air currents and the mountain tops are white with fresh snow.

Mount Cheam leans over the town, pristine white.

Crystal clear skies. Blue shadows and white snow. Awe-inspiring in spite of the chill.

Dinner tonight with my parents and siblings. The scent of roasting ham fills the house along with the wine-poached pears cooling on the counter. Home again tomorrow and then, a new year. 

Wishing all of my readers a most joyous beginning to 2015.


  1. Beautiful views! A very Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. Lovely photos. A fine mix of city and nature. Almost I can smell the ham cooking.

    Wishing you a beautiful evening and a very Happy New Year, Lorrie!


  3. A nifty variety of views you have enjoyed lately. Mt. Cheam is looking lovely wearing white and the city skyline in those pale lavender and pink sky is also wonderful. A very Happy New Year to you as well!

  4. You walked along Fishtrap Creek? I could have passed you!
    Your photos are so beautiful. .. from the city views to the country.
    The mountains these days have been photo perfect! I was admiring them today
    as well. Wishing you richest blessing for the New Year!

  5. Lorrie, this comes with my very best wishes for you and your growing family in 2015. May the New Year bring you many more days like the ones you've described.


  6. Happy New Year, cousins! Looking forward to enjoying your 2015 adventures.

  7. Beautiful vistas! Enjoy your special times with family! And a Happy New Year to you, too!

  8. Beautiful views! City and Country, the photos make a lovely combination of colours and atmosphere.
    Wishing you and your family all the best for the new year 2015!

  9. Anonymous3:21 AM

    Lovely photos but #5 really caught my eye - beautiful shot. Happy New Year to you too.

  10. Beautiful comparisons, and their view from their apartment is spectacular! I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year! xx

  11. One of my most favorite cities, beautiful Vancouver where I've enjoyed every moment on every visit through the years. You really do live in a gorgeous part of the world.
    Lorrie, my very best wishes to you and your family for this New Year. May each day bring good health, peace, happiness, and always time to enjoy the special little moments.
    With love, Mary

  12. What an amazing view! It looks so frosty and cold on those skyscrapers! Happy New year my friend! Have FUN!!!

  13. These were wonderful photos. I really liked them all but especially enjoyed photos 1&2 and 5&6.
    Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. It's been a pleasure blogging with you this past year.

  14. Love your city and country views...some that look quite familiar! Blessings to you and yours in 2015!

  15. The best of city and country around Vancouver, another beautiful province.
    Happy New Year Lorrie.

  16. It's so nice to see the big city vs. the countryside although the countryside looks more familiar to me as we were there in 2013. To think my sister sees that very mountain. :) You've had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's celebration and are ready for what this year will bring. Blessings to you and yours for 2015. I always enjoy visiting you. Pam


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