Sunday, November 19, 2017

Autumn Colors at Dallas Arboretum Botanical Garden

Autumn Leaves - Yenne Lee


Below pictures were taken at Dallas Arboretum Botanical Garden on 11/11/2017 and 11/19/2017.  Both days were sunny and temperature were unusually warm for late Autumn season.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

To Travel Is to Live ― Hans Christian Andersen

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.”

Friday, August 18, 2017

Vancouver Travel—Whale Watching

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Based on Google Search results, the following two locations near Vancouver are top whale watching spots in North America:
Later I have watched below video and found out  about Vancouver Whale Watch located in Richmond, British Columbia.

Here is a travelogue that chronicles my whale watching experience in a beautiful summer morning. As the photos reveal, there is no whale spotted on that day. However, the whole trip was still very rewarding and the tour company also gave us a free pass with no expiry date for future whale watching.

How to Get There

To reach Steveston Fisherman's Wharf, you can:

For both routes, you can:


Below photos (click to enlarge) were taken on 07/30/2017.  In the morning, it was cloudy.  But, during the day, it turned sunny (temperature: 28°C).  Before the tour, I have decided to visit the nearby Garry Point Park first.  Boy!  I was glad that I have made that decision and been rewarded with some gorgeous views of shorelines.

Around 8:30 am, I walked from the Park to the Fisherman's Wharf.  There were already a crowd of tourists there.  However, I was able to book a trip on the Express  (a 45 passenger zodiac style vessel).  The whole trip on the water took about 4 hours.

 Garry Point Park

Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Vancouver Travel: Queen Elizabeth Park

At 152 meters above sea level, Queen Elizabeth Park (or QE Park best of the area) is the highest point in Vancouver and makes for spectacular views of the park, city, and mountains on the North Shore.

The 52-hectare park is home to the Bloedel Conservatory. There is also a gorgeously landscaped quarry garden, the arboretum with its collection of exotic and native trees, sculptures including one by internationally renowned artist Henry Moore, and diverse recreational offerings such as tennis, lawn bowling and pitch & putt. The park is also the perfect setting for fine dining at Seasons in the Park, a picnic or stargazing!

How to Get There

If you use public transit system like I do, here is the way to get there:
  • Taking Canada Line Skytrain to the King Edward Station
  •  Walking south towards the Park along Cambie St
You can also read the official site for more directional details.


Below photos were taken on two days (07/28 and 07/29) in 2017.  On both days, the weather (temperature: 24°C) was great.  The pictures are ordered roughly by the route of my visit:
  • Duck pond
  • Small Quarry Garden
  • City and Mountain View from the Top
  • Large Quarry Garden

Duck Pond

Small Quarry Garden

City and Mountain View on the North Shore

"Photo Session" Statues

Bridge Over Large Quarry

Walkway in Large Quarry

Maple Tree in Large Quarry

Bloedel Conservatory View from Large Quarry


  1. Queen Elizabeth Park
  2. Bloedel Conservatory
  3. Canada Line Skytrain
  4. TransLink
  5. Vancouver Travel—Climbing Grouse Grind Trail to the Peak of Vancouver
  6. Vancouver Travel—Grouse Mountain (The Peak of Vancouver)
  7. Vancouver Travel—Stanley Park
  8. Vancouver Travel—Charleson Park
  9. Vancouver Travel—VanDusen Botanical Garden

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Vancouver Travel—Grouse Mountain (The Peak of Vancouver)

Grouse Mountain best of the area is one of the North Shore Mountains of the Pacific Ranges in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Exceeding 1,200 m (or 4,000 feet) in altitude at its peak, is the site of an alpine ski area, Grouse Mountain Resort, which in the winter season overlooks Greater Vancouver with four chairlifts servicing 26 runs. In the summer, Grouse Mountain Resort features lumberjack shows, a birds of prey wildlife demonstration, and a scenic chairlift ride.

Public access to the mountain top can be by
  • Swiss Garaventa aerial tramway, or
  • Grouse Grind hiking trail (Open for hiking May-October.)


Below photos were taken in the afternoon (temperature: 27°C) on 07/26/2017.  They are roughly ordered in the time of my visit.

Lumberjack Show

Eagle (Birds in Motion)

Eagle Perched on Demonstrator's Hand

Vulture (Birds in Motion)

Vulture Also a Good Hopper

Owl (Birds in Motion)

Owl Flying towards Camera

Falcon (Birds in Motion)

Falcon Following Bait 

Falcon Captured Bait

Vancouver Viewed from Mountain Top

Grouse Mountain Resort Viewed from Top

Cable Car Viewed from Parking Lot

Cable Car over Parking Lot


  1. Grouse Mountain Official Site
  2. Vancouver Travel—Climbing Grouse Grind Trail to the Peak of Vancouver (Travel for a Purpose)