Green Boating

Photography 101 Day 11, Colors can stir emotions within us, tell stories, and transform our images. Today, use one color to add life or drama to your shot.


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Pop of Green Floor Sign, Vancouver Boat Show

 

For over fifty years, the Vancouver International Boat Show has been, and still is, one of the best ways to find the latest & most innovative boating products on the market. For a modest entrance fee, boaters have access to free seminars put on by boating experts including hands-on skills training, and free 30-minute power or sailboat rides to get a taste of the boating life. The Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons is there too teaching boaters about being safe on the water. 

What about keeping the water safe? In our boating play ground called the Strait of Georgia (or Salish Sea) on the Pacific West Coast, which provides us with some of the most pawsome cruising waters in the world, there are over 350,000 boats! Meowee, that’s a lot! And we need to make sure we minimize our impact on it especially in high use areas such as marinas, anchorages and marine parks. Boat shows are a great venue to learn more about sensitive areas, birds, fish and other critters that depend on our waters. The Strait of Georgia Alliance puts out a Guide to Green Boating. As a green boater, you pledge to:

  • Manage your sewage responsibly.
  • Take care when fueling.
  • Use bilge filters or bilge pads.
  • Maintain your boat.
  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products & bottom paint.
  • Dispose of all wastes properly.
  • Keep learning.

The next Vancouver International Boat Show will be held January 21-25, 2015 at BC Place Stadium and Granville Island. Our squadron has added the boat show as a cruise destination to our cruise schedule.  The marina we dock at is nestled on the waterfront of the vibrant Yaletown neighborhood and is a daytime hub of activity in the southeastern part of downtown Vancouver. It’s surrounded by parks, patio restaurants, urban apartments and modern condos of residential towers with spectacular views. The Vancouver sea wall passes right along by the marina and is one of the docking places for both the Aquabus and False Creek Ferry routes to Granville Island. All the amenities of gracious urban living can be found nearby, from the gourmet markets, yoga establishments and public transit, to the busy nightlife and boutiques. Our members have a lot of fun there and I really look forward to going, and you can look forward to my report on anything to do with boats and furiends.

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The Nature of Leading Lines

Photography 101, Day 8 Capture a moment, big or small, and pay attention to the lines and curves produced by nature. Envision the bend of a stream, or the curve of a petal: how can you use these lines in your composition? If you see strong vertical, horizontal, or diagonal lines, can you play with the orientation to create a more dynamic composition? Can you apply — or break — the Rule of Thirds?


If I was a tabby,  a bengal, or a tiger, I would have a lot of lines and curvy patterns on me for mom to photograph. But I’m not. Instead, she went through her photos  from all the pawsome places we went our cruises this summer to find examples of leading lines in nature and these were some of the obvious ones, but you could say they were unintentional. Going forward she will try to look for and use them more. One interesting tip she learned from this exercise was that there are leading lines and paths. The difference between a leading line and a path is that a leading line takes you to a point of interest in the frame, and a path tends to lead you to a vanishing point.

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The Derelict Vessel Mrs. Pauley

Writing 101 Day 18: Craft a story from the perspective of a twelve-year-old observing it all. For your twist, focus on specific character qualities, drawing from elements we’ve worked on in this course, like voice and dialogue.

Prompt: She had seen better days, but Mrs. Pauley had been grounded there since before anyone can remember. She’d fallen in disrepair and no one knew who her captain was. The Harbour Authority, accompanied by C-Tow, have come to evict Mrs. Pauley from the coast she’s served on for forty years.


They’d come for her. She’d been called a derelict, an environmental and safety hazard, and she had to go. The grownups were tired of her, “an eye soar unbecoming to a budding resort marina”, they said. With so much talk about her over the years, I felt like I knew her, yet I knew nothing about her except that I felt sorry for her. She had an unusual name for a boat. It was a couple of years before I realized she was a boat and not some neighbour my parents were bad-mouthing. Then all the comments suddenly made a lot more sense. I had always thought that Mrs. Pauley was some poor old lady who had been abandoned by her husband after fourty years, and having no where to live  she camped on the beach without power, or water taps, and had to wash up on the shore. Continue reading

A Scene At the Marine Park

Writing 101, Day 9: For today’s assignment, write a scene at the park. Up for a twist? Write the scene from three different points of view.

(A typical scene in any anchorage, this is my furiend Tank and his humans.
We were in Desolation Sound Marine Park at the time. This was a fun assignment =^,,^=)


Dog: I gotta go so bad! I can’t wait to get on land. The shore is right there. Faster now, faster. No don’t backup, we were almost there! I don’t care if it’s not a perfect spot, I gotta go now! Everyday for over a week it’s been like this. I know they try their best but they can go whenever they want. I hope they brought my ball and will play with me awhile before we go back. Okay, that looks like a good spot, I can’t hold it much longer… “HUHWHUWHUWEEE!”

Woman: It’s so pretty and peaceful here, I just love it. I don’t really like boating but this makes it so worth it. What should I take a picture of? Trees, rocks, water? I have so many pictures, what’s a few more. Oh, I see some flowers…. “Rod, take me in a little closer over there would you please”. That’s better. “Ow Tank, stop squirming and get off my foot.” I really should trim his nails. Darn, I forgot his ball. A fresh water swim in the lake? “Sounds good to me.” What is that funny sound Tank is making. “Do you hear him Rod? It almost sounds like he’s saying hurry.”

Man: Another couple of feet and I’ll have to start raising the motor before the props hit bottom. I really don’t want that Green Jacket/Bent Prop award. As soon as the bow touches land Tank will be out of the dinghy like a shot. Good thing the tide is high. It’s much easier to get him on shore without his feet getting cut on the oyster shells.  Blood makes such a mess and I hate cleaning it up. Good, there’s the path to the lake where that dinghy is over there by those flowers. “Hey Sharee, whaddahya say we all go for swim in the lake tomorrow, and we’ll bring Tank’s ball too. Tank! Quiet down.”

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Sea of Blue

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On the way home I was feeling a little blue that our sea-cruise was over. I loved the extra attention bestowed upon me by the humans, not to mention all the treats I received. I will miss my new furiends Tank, Skipper and Cloe, and my humans when at their jobs away from home and me, who were once just a tail-swish away.  The freedom of boating has allowed me to become a lot more accustomed to being outdoors, and it’ll be a pain to go back to window sitting….(MOL, silly cat humour!)  Continue reading

Raft-up in Rebecca Spit

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I  love boating and fishing so much that when we passed through one of the best fishing waters, called Wilby Shoals at the south end of Quadra Island, it was too hard to pass up and I told my humans to make a short trip longer. Dad put out the downriggers and after a few hours Continue reading

BC Day in Comox

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The travel over to Comox was about 56 nautical miles, (or 100km). At first I thought “Oh no”, but after awhile the water smoothed out and it wasn’t so bad. The day was clear & sunny, not to mention hot. It took us about 6 hours. Last year I had a little niche in the prawn traps on the upper deck where I liked to hang out. This year they tried to re-create it and my mom made it a little tent like for me… Sweet! Continue reading

Purrsea’s Northern Lights Cruise

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Meowee, I can’t believe the day finally arrived and we left the marina to start our 2 week fun-filled yet untold adventures sea-cruise with the Port Moody Power & Sail Squadron (PMPSS). I understand we are part of about a 10 vessel fleet that we will be joining up with at the various bays and marinas our cruise master has preplanned for us to visit. Continue reading

GeoCatting Anyone?!

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I just became trackable! “What’s that?” you meow my curious furiends. Well for starters, a couple of years ago my mom (Geo-Julee) discovered Geocaching, then last year she took an Electronic Charting course through the Port Moody Power & Sail Squadron …..fast forward to today and guess what, Continue reading

Welcome Aboard!

“Meowee, Meowee baby! Won’t you let me take you on a …sea cruise?”  My new blog is now officially launched. In a few short weeks we will be on holidays cruising around the Pacific west coast on board our 42ft California Navigator LRC named Minstrel. I can hardly wait! IMG_3318 Continue reading