A Cape Town Lion’s Head tagged image from photographer – w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines) as published on Flickr.
Perfection – Lake Capilano, Vancouver BC
Image by w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines)
In the far distance you can see the two "Lions", which are 5,400 ft mountain peaks near Vancouver. When you see them from a distance, they resemble two lions lying side by side. The two mountains are part of te Howe Sound Group of Mountains (North Shore Mountains). The city’s BC Lions CFL football team is also named in their honour. This mountain also has an alternative name, called "Bert Mountain", as the two pointed peaks resemble the ears of the famous cat "Bert".
You can climb them if you wish, but an easier place to see them is from the Cleveland Dam recreation area. That’s where this photo was taken.
Here is my shot list of the top 5 places (in my opinion) for photographers:
1) Stanley Park (day or night). Be sure to shoot the skyline, the totems, visit the zoo, and enjoy the gardens.
2) Drive up to Cleveland Dam. There is a beautiful park there complete with hiking trails, views of the two "Lions", and an awesome reservoir.
3) Drive up to Cypress and stop off at the scenic overlook. Bring your longest lens – on a clear day you will be rewarded with some spectacular views of the city.
4) Shoot the Lion’s Gate Bridge and the Vancouver skyline from West Vancouver.
5) Head on over to the Chinese Gardens and Chinatown. Vancouver has long been home to many immigrants. This is one reason why you can find so much diversity in architecture, parks, churches, and the people.
If you are efficient, you can shoot all of these in two days. I did not have a chance to shoot inside the city as much (there are many great parks, churches, and the famous Gastown area). I’m sure those are awesome as well – I will get them next time.
What are your favorite places in Vancouver?
digcam.meetup.com/cities/ca/bc/vancouver/ – This is a great resource for photographers in Vancouver. If you are looking for classes, photowalks, or just tips on where to shoot – check it out.
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