Yesterday, we went for a walk down by the Inner Harbour and British Columbia Legislature.
When going out, I usually take my smaller point and shoot camera, if I take one at all, because it's a hassle to pack round my regular camera. But, yesterday I decided I'd take my regular one because I wanted to try and shoot some nice photos. I'm glad I decided to take it because I'm very happy with the results!
It was tourist-central, even at 11 in the morning, but wandering round this area of town just reminds of how lucky I am to live in such a nice little city right on the water. But enough of the blithering on, it's time to take you all on a little photographic tour!
This is the inner harbour, always full up with people and boats during the summer months. Little water taxis going back and forth, buskers performing on the causeway, and local artisans selling their handmade goods!
All the fancy pants hanging baskets are out in full bloom.
This is one of the drives up to the Legislature. It's one of my favourite buildings, if not my definite favourite. And the grounds all round it are lovely, too.
I can still remember when in my 9th grade Science class I learnt about why the copper tops on the Legislature turned green. It was part of a chemical reaction lesson, if I remember correctly.
We walked up the stairs and passed this door. Typically, I had to pop up the stairs and peer in, was too bright outside to be able to see hardly anything inside, though, haha.
It's a touch embarrassing to admit, but yesterday was the first time I'd ever seen the rose garden in person, and it was just beautiful.
I'd even read articles about provincial politics where it'd been mentioned, but never seen it for myself. Many, many roses of all different colours, but I would have to say I think the light orange coloured ones were my favourites!
Coming back round to the front I stopped and got a shot of the profile of the building, and you can see the small crowd of people waiting to go on a tour of the inside of the Legislature.
And you can see all the little bulbs on the front of the building, which are lit every night, and some red and green ones are added at Christmas. I need to get a few photos of it lit up after dark someday!
We opted out of going on the tour, but I plan to go and sit in the gallery one day next spring when the MLAs are sitting again. Even if I have to go by myself, which I probably will because I know zero other people interested in politics, but I really don't mind.
And who knows, maybe I'll even work there myself one day.
I think when I'm sixty I'll either a) have a respectable haircut and attempt to get elected as an MLA or MP or b) dye my hair lavender as it will finally have lost its pigment and inability to be dyed properly and live on Salt Spring Island and be a gardening fanatic. Ooh, the possibilities.
I thought I'd end our little tour with a photo of our flag blowing in the proper direction, unlike the other one a few photos up!
I'd love to live near this area someday, maybe in one of the adorable little house boats just down the road. I think I could get used to the constant movement and they're just such neat little homes.
So yes, this has been a short tour of the Legislature grounds with a couple of additional photos of the Inner Harbour. I'll have to take more of it next time!