Saturday, February 27, 12021 HE
With the clear skies, I decided to do another trip out to Slhx̱í7lsh (Standing Man) Rock. I did the same paddle last week with overcast skies.
The moon was out and full so I ended up seeing the moonset and sunrise. While out on the water in the crisp morning air on a peaceful morning paddle.
Here is the view of the full moon overtop of the Museum of Vancouver (i.e. the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre or Planetarium) just before I set up my kit.
Below is the civil twilight view eastward from the Vanier Park Public Dock into False Creek with the Burrard Street Bridge in the foreground and the Granville Street Bridge in the background.
And below is the view looking northwest out into English Bay towards the West End (right) and the Cypress Group of the North Shore Mountains.
There was a full moon setting in the west as the sun rising in the east brought the morning twilight and daylight.
Below is the sunrise cityscape view of Downtown and Vancouver proper from English Bay.
Here is the view of Stanley Park with the two lights bordering the Second Beach Pool. The Grouse Mountain area is in the centre background. The snow-covered cliffs of Crown Mountain are leftmost, then moving rightward there is Goat Mountain, Dam Mountain, Grouse Mountain with the Eye of the Wind barely visible on top, and lastly Mount Fromme rightmost in the background. The eastern tip of the Cypress Mountain group is on the left.
Below is a similar view to the photo above but with the edge of the Stanley Park peninsula and more of the Cypress Mountain area visible.
And below is a panoramic view with the West End towers on the right, Stanley Park centre, the North Shore Mountains in the background leading out to West Vancouver and Point Atkinson, and then Bowen Island in the left background with a setting moon.
Here is the view approaching Slhx̱í7lsh (Standing Man) rock with the North Shore Mountains as the backdrop.
There was much more of a scenic view as I approached Slhx̱í7lsh (Standing Man) rock compared to the socked-in view from the week before. But despite the fairer weather and less wind, there was much more swell. To the point where I did not attempt to circumnavigate Slhx̱í7lsh (Standing Man) rock. The whitewash from the waves was too intimidating.
On my paddle back to Vanier Park I worked on my pivot turns and board walking with both shuffle and cross-steps. I am both happy and embarrassed to admit that I took a solid plunge just off of the coast of Second Beach.