Soothing sunsets

Good morning!

I went to watch the sun set a few weeks ago and only just got around to posting pics. Betsy’s at it again!

Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. I'm not sharing unless you ask nicely.

Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. I’m not sharing unless you ask nicely.

Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. I'm not sharing unless you ask nicely :P

Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. I’m not sharing unless you ask nicely.

Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. I'm not sharing unless you ask nicely :P

Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. I’m not sharing unless you ask nicely.

Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. I'm not sharing unless you ask nicely :P

Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. I’m not sharing unless you ask nicely.

Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. I'm not sharing unless you ask nicely :P

Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. I’m not sharing unless you ask nicely.

I was looking at these pics again and I think I’m finally getting the hang of relaxation. That evening was very simple. We threw some simple food in a bag, grabbed a blanket and went right after work – maybe it was the person I was with or the time of year or the kind of day I had at work or the warmer temperature or a combination of any of these things, but that evening stands out in my recent memory as one of peace. It was either the wind blowing off of the water that soothed me or the slow, hypnotizing descent of the sun as it headed toward the horizon, but looking at these pics makes me feel to take a deep exhale.

On another note, I think I’m going to post again this week. I have something on my mind BUT it’s supposed to be mid/high teens degrees C (sixty-ish degrees F) this week and I would much rather be outside frolicking 😛 Seriously, though, I have to share this thing and get it off my chest, so standby.

Have a good next few days. Stay out of trouble or get into trouble: whichever makes you happier. ❤

V

Betsy’s baaaack!

Hello boys and girls!

I’m hoping that this finds you well. I went a friend’s house for New Year’s Eve and left my good ole Betsy over there (for recent followers: Betsy is my trusty camera). I picked it up last weekend and took shots again like I used to last year. I forgot the joy of capturing moments and playing with light and shadows and trying to convey an emotion felt one moment in time.

Since I got Betsy back, I’ve been busy.

I went for a Family Day hike with my family to Golden Ears Provincial Park in Maple Ridge. It was an overcast day and it rained the ENTIRE time we were there, but it was fun and interesting. This is the scene from part of the hike. Man, it was majestic! Meanwhile, my hiking partner exclaimed, “Wouldn’t it be cool to see a bear…over there..on the other side of the bank?” Hmmm….since bears can swim, my answer was an emphatic,  “No!”

Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. Please do not copy without consent.

Then we continued walking in the forest, covered by the evergreen trees. We came across a couple skinny dippers – pre-skinny dipping – no pictures to follow! Ha! As we continued, closer to the waterfall, there was a pronounced increase in strength of the water rushing down. It was hypnotic and for me, it was very soothing.

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As we stood there watching the water gush down, I looked at what was underneath. Those rocks that get pounded every minute of every day and they just lay there, taking the beating day after day….trees, though, are sometimes not as resilient. But Nature is brutal to all and only the strong survive, I suppose.

Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. Please do not copy without consent.

After that walk in nature, I continued along my week, putting in quality time at the office, meeting with friends, living my life. Then came this weekend: the auspicious Valentine’s weekend! Ooh la la….um, whatever!

Love was definitely in the air though….

Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. Please do not copy without consent.

Don’t get carried away…this wasn’t my car. It was the scene at a Tim Horton’s car park on Valentine’s Day. When I saw it, I exclaimed, “Somebody’s car got Valentined!” Ah….the big romantic gesture! My day will come again soon….

Then that leaves us with yesterday: Sunday.

It was a nice sunny 12 degrees C (53 degrees F) today. Kidlet and I enjoyed a game of muddy mini golf. Since that one time last year in Cultus Lake, he fancies himself a pro. It was good fun since I actually hit the ball a few times. Yay! I think after my performance today, I’ll be ready for the big rematch this summer. I’m not messing around.

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As if that wasn’t enough, we hung around the park, and Kidlet very nonchalantly asked to join some children playing football (soccer) and so I walked laps for about 45 minutes around the race track while he enjoyed the fresh air and the camaraderie. I’m not going to lie, walking around, people watching and getting some exercise and fresh air in my lungs in the brilliant sunshine was a welcome break from the non-stop rain we’ve been having here on the West Coast. I even felt inspired to maybe buy some running shoes and make it a couple-times-a-week thing, but that moment passed as soon as I got to the car. (Whoops!)

While I was waiting for the tied football game to end, I also took some selfies and fooled around with the camera…you know…for science. 😉

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All in all, it’s been a good week. I’m glad to have Betsy back and we’ll see what other adventures we can document in the next few months as the season changes.

I want to take this opportunity to say a big “Hang in there!” to my East Coast friends and family and all those tormented by the white stuff. I know this winter has been particularly harrowing, but remember those warm summer months are just around the corner. It’s always darkest before the dawn and that sun will be coming before you know it! Sending you warm thoughts!

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Have a great week ahead, my friends!

V

All photos in this post were taken by Vikera Hunte. Please do not copy without permission.

Heat(!!!) and drama at the 18th hole

Happy Tuesday!

The heat

It’s summer here in Vancouver. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been experiencing tropical heat and I know tropical heat! Even though, I was born and raised in the Caribbean and have lived there most of my life, I think I’ve acclimatized to the temperate weather. For this summer so far, I’ve had two bouts of mild heat stroke. WHAT? How could I have lived in this kind of weather year round for years, yet now, after two months, I’m ready for the ER?

Nevertheless, the summer has been going well. I’ve been keeping myself busy, but not necessarily active though. A friend has commanded that I change my own bike tyre, however, the internet does not exactly explain how to get that tricky tube back inside the tyre. Meh. I couldn’t fathom chuffing away in this weather anyway. I have about 6 weeks to figure it out – sorry JF!

<Can you tell how unmotivated I am? It’s the heat!>

Regardless of the heat, I managed to have some fun. Wee Kidlet and I went away this weekend. We spent quality time together, stayed at a funky hotel and I wore my fab two-piece swimsuit confidently! It was a good time.

I wanted to share one of my favourite pics of the weekend.

The drama

Walking through the car park when we were leaving the lake, a flyer for golf was thrust into my hand by a teenager. I didn’t think anything of it, but later on in the day, Kidlet wanted to check it out. His vacation, his choice, so we went. While I was paying and getting set up at the club house, I heard a squeal. I looked out the door at Kidlet. There was a Mama Duck and about a dozen ducklings sauntering into the club house. It turns out, the owners feed them and so they consider themselves very entitled co-owners of the property. Unfortunately, though, the 18th hole is kinda like their living room. 

Some golfers had been playing for an hour and finally made it to the last hole only to find it overrun with fowl! Super cute fowl! There was a lot of “Excuse me, buddy” “Careful!” and a lot of waiting around for them to waddle out of the way.

Cutest thing ever! 🙂 Hope it makes you giggle, like I did! 

V

[Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. Do not copy without permission.]

[Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. Do not copy without permission.]

[Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. Do not copy without permission.]

[Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. Do not copy without permission.]

Beach day!

Another day in the big outdoors. With a fully charged battery and empty-ish memory card, I was ready! I’ve taken pictures at Crescent Beach before, so I felt kinda lame taking more shots at the same place, but I tried something new this time. I tried to get what a day at the beach on a sunny Vancouver day is like.

Being born and raised on a Caribbean island, I’ve been to the beach more times than I can count or even remember. The trip to the beach here this weekend had that ease, heat and relaxation that I remember fondly. The scenery might be different, but a hot day at the beach in the sunshine is just as relaxing on this side of the world!

I think it’s worth mentioning that I spent the entire day at the beach in my bikini top and a pair of shorts, so my 32″ waist and my 26″ x 2 thighs were out and I never felt so free! Believe it or not, I have the tan lines to prove it! I took many selfies while in a chair at the water’s edge, but they were all too boobalicious to post!

[Photos taken by Vikera Hunte. Please do not copy without permission.]

Things to do on a snow day!

Took Betsy out for one of the rare snow days WHILE it was still snowing. That meant I needed to shoot while holding my umbrella. Not an easy thing to do when the snow was blowing sideways, but I managed to get ‘er done and take some pretty great shots at the same time.

Enjoy!

[Photos taken by Vikera Hunte. Please do not copy without permission.]

JT and Betsy

So I attended the Justin Timberlake concert last month with one of my besties.

I bought his album the weekend after it was released and listened to it constantly! I even took it with us on a two-day road trip, so by the time we came back home, it was embedded in my brain! When the concert came around, I knew all the songs, word for word!

I wasn’t prepared for two things: how multi-dimensional the performance was and how many good shots I’d get with my lowly camera.

Yes, I sang at the top of my lungs. No, I didn’t care. Yes, I think people were a little annoyed. No, I didn’t get punched! Ha!

[Pictures taken by Vikera Hunte. Please do not copy without permission.]

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Though the skies may be grey/The sun is just a moment away

[Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. Do not copy without permission.]

[Photo taken by Vikera Hunte. Do not copy without permission.]