Iona Beach Photowalk

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This morning John and I headed out to Iona Beach in Richmond for a brisk Sunday walk.

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I have profiled Iona before thanks to Stewart Marshall who contributed a guest post. The regional park consists of several kilometers of sandy beaches sandwiched by Fraser River outlets. As we set out, the warm sea air rolled across the sand dunes, weaving its way through the vegetation.

Iona Beach Photowalk

Airplanes took off and landed at YVR to the South, where you can walk out along the pipeline. We hung a right along the Northern shoreline and out to a spit along the Fraser River, across from UBC and the Endowment Lands.

Iona Beach Photowalk

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There is a curious mix of river industry debris blended with whatever the Georgia Straight tides rolls in. We walked between century-old logs, washed up truck tires, old fishing nets and styrofoam pebbles dancing in the wind.

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A bald eagle soared overhead as glistening tidal pools rippled in the breeze. After about 2 hours of walking on the sand we could feel its soft impact in our legs — but the trek was well worth it.

Iona Beach Photowalk

The next time we visit Iona it will hopefully be at dusk so we can witness the sun tucking itself behind the snow-capped peaks on Vancouver Island.

Heritage Vancouver April Events

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

If you’re into local history there are a few events coming up with Heritage Vancouver this month that may be of interest.

Saturday, April 17, 2010
Annual Top Ten Endangered Sites Release and Bus Tour

Each year Heritage Vancouver publishes a list of its Top Ten endangered heritage sites and this ride (inside a Transit Museum Society vintage 1958 BCE bus) will take participants around to visit the 2009 finalists including.

Unfortunately the event is currently sold out and the endangered sites for 2010 will be revealed at that time. The 2009 tour included: 1. Pantages Theatre (1907), 2. Vancouver School – Kitsilano High School (1928), 3. Historic Precincts: Gastown, Hastings, Chinatown, 4. First Shaughnessy Neighbourhood, 5. Heatley Block (1931); Houses (1889 & 1898), 6. Historic Monuments, 7. Firehall #15 (1913), 8. Shaughnessy Hospital (1940), 9. Robson Square Complex (1973-79), 10. Hollow Tree (Stanley Park).

Photo credit: reverendkomissar on Flickr

Thursday, April 22, 2010
An Evening at the Marine Building (1929-30) Penthouse

Known as the Daily Planet from Smallville and an office tour in films such as Fantastic Four the iconic Marine Building is home to this Heritage Vancouver fundraiser. Aside from having access to the penthouse, your $100 ticket includes wine and hors d’oeuvres along with stories told by Chuck Davis. Tax receipts will be issued for your contribution.

Saturday, April 24, 2010
Heritage & the Arts: Inaugural Long Table Social

The first event of its kind for the organization, the Long Table Social will take place in the legendary Page Building at 330 West Pender. Tickets are $!5 in advance, $20 at the door. Inside this “1907 Neoclassical Revivalist BC Permanent Loan Building” there will be a cash bar and raffle prizes up for grabs.

Tickets for these events can be purchased online (via PayPal) or by calling the number on the Heritage Vancouver website.

Heritage Vancouver was incorporated as a non-profit society dedicated to the conservation of Vancouver’s built, cultural and natural heritage, and has now achieved charitable status. All proceeds from the events assist Heritage Vancouver with their programs, advocacy and education. You can follow them on Twitter @HeritageVan.

Pro Photographer Showdown at Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival

Comments 10 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival is happening April 16 – 25th in Whistler, BC and with it comes special events and promotions. One of which is the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown.

As the pre-eminent action sports photography contest in the world, the Pro Photographer Showdown celebrates still images and the commitment required to build a body of work that captures time and captivates the human spirit.

Finalist Grant Gunderson / Warren Miller Ent

It all starts with the re:Action event where the finalists will be featured and the 2010 winner will be announced. This will be followed by a showcase April 22nd at Whistler Conference Centre (Sea to Sky Ballroom).

I have two VIP “Black Market” tickets to give away to the showcase on April 22nd… but there’s a catch. The organizers wanted participating sites to ask for a trade. As such, if you would like to enter to win these VIP tickets to the Pro Photography Showdown, you’ll need to make me a unique trade offer.

It can be for something you made yourself, some type of service you can offer my readers, trade a prize to win this prize, or offer to donate to the non-profit of your choice.

I’ll go through the entries and award the tickets to the person who I think is offering up the best trade.

You can make your trade offer either on Twitter (please @Miss604 and use the tag #BlackMarketPhoto) or through a comment on this post.

Please note, I have a soft-spot for the Union Gospel Mission, Developmental Disabilities Association, the Vancouver Food Bank, and of course chocolate. I’ll decide the trade winner April 14, 2010 at 12:00pm.

Fine print: Regular ticket price is $21 each, not including VIP access. The trade winner will receive two tickets. I may consult friends, family, Twitter or a reader poll for help with my selection.

Update April 15 I have decided to take pussck up on their offer of: “$500 to kidsport Wendy Ladner-Beaudry Fund – for the Foodbank Sports program” in exchange for the tickets. Thank you to everyone for their generosity!

The winner also told me by email, “Wendy worked on a project with the Vancouver Food bank that gave access to sport for low-income immigrant families. Wendy was an inspirational person to many people.” I’m so very pleased that the KidSport Canada Wendy Ladner-Beaudry Memorial Project can benefit from this trade.

Wailin’ Jennys and Jeremy Fisher

Comments 27 by Rebecca Bollwitt

On Saturday May 8th at 8:00pm the Wailin’ Jennys and Jeremy Fisher will take the stage at the Chan Centre at UBC.

Wailin’ Jennys
This trio of singers/songwriters took home their first Juno Award in 2005 for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (Group). Their 2009 album Live at the Mauch Chuck Opera House is currently available and has reached #3 on the US Bluegrass charts. You can follow them on Twitter @TheWailinJennys.

Jeremy Fisher
This upbeat, 1960s influenced rocker went from busking on street corners to touring across Canada. He’s played with everyone from Craig Northey to The Proclaimers and is known for his budget $60 homemade video for Cigarettes that has brought in over 2 million views on YouTube.

Tickets for the show are $35 and available through Ticketmaster. If you would like to attend, I have two tickets to give away through this site. To enter to win, please leave a comment on this post or include the following in a Twitter update (copy/paste):

I entered to win tickets to Wailin’ Jennys and Jeremy Fisher from @Miss604

The draw will take place at 12:00pm 9:00am, April 23, 2010.

Update I won’t be in the office at 12:00pm today so I bumped the contest to 9:00am and drew a winner at random. That person is… Cameron (comment entry). Congratulations!

F5 Expo Day Blog

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The F5 Expo has taken over the Vancouver Convention Centre today as technology and social media converge under the sails.

I have two workshops at 11:45am and 1:00pm focusing on some business blogging basics.

However, the booth space where I am doing my presentation is in the middle of the tradeshow floor so I’m unsure how well people will be able to hear my speak. As such, I’ll be posting my slides online later today and will also add in some voice-overs for the playback.

Big thanks in advance to Tris Hussey who will be lending me his MacBook so I can do my presentation. He’s also doing two workshops (in the same space) about Podcasting 101.

In the meantime, I’ll be exploring the conference, workshops, and tradeshow and will post updates throughout the day. The Twitter tag for the conference is #F5Expo so you can follow real-time updates.

Update It was a great morning at the F5 Expo and I ran into many old friends and new faces. It was a real mix of traditional business promotions (booths with roll up banners and pen giveaways) and new media (live Twitter feeds, Wii setup, gadget demos, green screen video on the fly etc.)

My slides have now been posted and I’ve added an audio mp3 over-top. The slide numbers I announce in the audio are a bit off so please ignore the numbers and hopefully it’s fairly easy to follow along.