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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Share a picture which means SURPRISE to you!



For most of the world, palm trees invoke dreams of images of tropical beaches. Well surprise, in Vancouver, you can see them with snow surrounding them.




Some of my friends surprises:



The rest either haven’t had their morning coffee, or are looking for that truly surprising picture!


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25 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

  1. awww but i like them better with sun and sand! lol

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  4. Hah!

    From a fellow Vancouverite, I say: This _ought_ to be a surprise, but _it isn’t _ anymore! Not since Climate Change has drastically bug**red our normally balmy climate here in the last decade.

    Who ever heard of white Christmas in Vancouver!!?? I’ve had it, I’m leaving town just as soon as I can.

    I guess to non-Vancouverites, though, this would surprise. To me, it’s just plain disgusting. I didn’t move here for this kind of surprise!

    • Actually I used to go ice skating on Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park as a child every winter. So I’m not surprised, by snow.

      • Hi Keith,

        I’ve served 30 years’ hard time here on the Wet Coast, having (ruefully) come here from beautiful Alberta. I know, yes, ice skating in Stanley Park has been a fairly predictable seasonal amusement. But not these full-on snow storms, six or eight times every winter. THAT is the rude surprise I was getting at in my Comment.
        Further, our summers are becoming shorter and less sunny. I have this info on the good advice of the owner of Art Knapp’s nursery, in Surrey, who natuarally has to be be fine-tuned to weather for purposes of ordering seed and plant stock for his stores. Incredibly, he told me earlier this year that sales of the ever lovin’ petunia have virtually stopped. Not enough early/late, intense sunlight for proper blooming anymore.
        When we can’t even grow petunias anymore, I’d say it’s over for the fabled mild West Coast climate. Which is why I’ll be Alberta Bound with my first, imminent, pension cheque. I’d encourage you to come visit, stay in Calgary for a year, or a season. There, I tan deeply every summer. Here, I rust away, damply slogging through snow and slush as late as…what?…April, I believe was our last snow this year.
        There, winter sunshine can be blinding. And if it isn’t sunny immediately – as the saying goes – “just wait 10 minutes.”
        Climate Change has got the West Coast by the short n’ cur lies, my friend. Vancouverites ought to face reality: this isn’t LA North anymore.!
        Will Travis, Surrey

      • Will I grew up in both Edmonton & Vancouver, and as far as Cakgary, I remember one day in the early 80s, I went to work it was -28F, at lunch it was + 35F and by 5pm it was back below 0F and dropping.

  5. That looks so strange, definitely a big surprise for me!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

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  15. Keith:

    Yes, I remember dramatic temperature swings like that in Calgary too. But even in the bitterest cold….there was SUNSHINE!…..ahhh,..that balm to my spirit!
    I think I must be one of many sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) who struggle with our climate here. People need sunshine. Dark at 4:00 p.m. is killing me, I tell you!
    I began to regret moving here from Calgary on my first day here in 1980. The rains fell all day, all night. I knew then I was in for something “up with which I could not PUT!”

    Will T.

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  17. Surprising! 🙂
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