Saturday Snapshot: Gliding Into The Sunset

On Thanksgiving Monday (Canada, Oct. 8), I stopped by Iona Beach in Richmond, B.C.  On the smooth water illuminated in a golden hue were Mallards gliding into the sunset.

The common Sparrow too was swept in an amber tone. In that frame, nothing seemed common anymore.

And finally, I saw the sun slide down the distant sky. What a sight to wrap up Thanksgiving. If anything’s common… it’s common grace.


Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.

A Note About These Photos: No colours had been added nor saturation altered in any of them.

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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

50 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot: Gliding Into The Sunset”

  1. I always associate Thanksgiving with birds (even though our Thanksgiving is later than yours)…perhaps because of the turkey. But also because the birds seem to fly south during this season.

    I like the “ripple effects” in your first shot.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.


    1. laurelrainsnow,

      Birds during the fall, migration season. Makes sense. And turkey too of course. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. You know, the header photo was also taken during that occasion.


  2. Three very different photos – and each of them a delight. Once upon a time I might not have believed your sunset colors, but the more I watch, the more I see – pinks, lemon yellow, tangerine. It’s really amazing.

    Of course I love the duckies, but I think my favorite is the sparrow. It has such an alert, intelligent look in its eye, as though it knows the day is special, too.


    1. Linda,

      You know, even the colours you see here are not exactly how I saw it, albeit I did not alter a bit in terms of colours. It was more pinkish. The orange sky came really late, when the sun had set below the mountains. Anyhow, that was quite an experience because the water was immense… it was the Georgia Straight.


  3. You live in such a beautiful part of the world. I lived in Vancouver for a year in the 80s and have fond memories of its beauty. Your photos today are wonderful. I agree that the common can actually be beautiful, and am aware of the importance of being able to notice that beauty. I was going to say stop and notice, but you don’t really have to stop you just have to notice. I’m glad you had such a lovely thanksgiving. BTW your new banner at the top is wonderful too.


    1. Louise,

      Yes, Vancouver and its surrounding vicinity offer beautiful natural scenery, quite different from my home town, which is across the Rockies towards Alberta. In my own area, we don’t have the coast, but we have mountains, and Banff, and Jasper. Also beautiful, if not more, if you ask me. Anyway, I’m glad to be able to come out to the west coast every now and then. Good that you’ve had some great Vancouver memories.


    1. Christine,

      We here in Western Canada are indeed blessed with the ‘common’ sights of open sky and waters, high mountains and the Prairies. But whenever I visit your blog I’m faced with intriguing, deep rooted history. We all have something to enrich our lives. Thanks for stopping by.


  4. I love your photographs, now adorning your header as well. I am passionate about the idea of grace, so necessary in my life. So necessary, I suspect, to us all.


    1. Leslie,

      I’ve always wanted to see more varieties of birds but keep on seeing the same old sparrows and ducks. But once I see them in picture, I find they’re not so ‘common’ after all.


      1. The more you look, the more different birds you begin to see. There are a lot of different species of sparrow. And your little guy in the photo doesn’t look like a common house sparrow. Perhaps a Song Sparrow?


  5. These are lovely photos-where in Southern Alberta are you-I am from Ottawa originally-I think Banff is the prettiest place I have ever visited anywhere. We were in Glacier a few years back-we did not hike in Alberta as I did not have my passport.


    1. Esme,

      These photos here on this post were taken in Richmond, B.C. I visited there during the first week of October. I’m blogging from Cowtown, Alberta, know where it is? Calgary… and yes, Banff is just a short hour drive away.


    1. Vicki,

      I’ve been to Richmond many times but that was my first occasion visiting Iona Beach and watching the sunset there. It was a moving experience. I’ve take a couple dozens of photos, but just posted these three. I’m sure where you’re in Van. Island, you see sceneries like this very often.


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