Tuesday, March 31, 2009

False Creek - South Shore

Sunday was a beautiful, sunny day, so while I was in Vancouver I took the opportunity to take a walk along the south shore of False Creek from Science World to the Burrard Street bridge via Granville Island and then into town. Of several dozen photos I took, these are just a few to whet your interest. If you look carefully, signs of spring are everywhere. The photo above shows a weathervane/artwork at Science World and then a better view of Science World below with the row of highrise condos behind.

The work on the Winter Olympic Village is progressing as the next few photos will indicate. The last time I took images of the scene was last autumn. The photo above shows the False Creek looking west. The village is on the left and Yaletown on the right. Then there are further images showing the work that has been done at the site of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Then the photo above was taken from the Cambie Street bridge and shows Yaletown in the background. The image below looks up a small hill near the water with a forsythia shrub in bloom about halfway up.

Then there is a view of a small hill on the eastern end of Granville Island and a street scene below.

Plantings of spring flowers are present to delight the soul and there are reminders of the forthcoming cherry festival coming to Vancouver. Check out the two images below. I hope you've enjoyed this little diversion from the thoughts of winter, especially if you've still got snow on the ground where you are!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Philip Fusco - model

A while back I included a photo of a model that was unknown to me, by name anyway. Well, I now have a name. He is none other than Philip Fusco, a model featured here, including some photos that I find interesting. Philip is 21 years old from Franklin Square, New York (USA). As far as his stats are concerned, he is 5' 9" tall, 150 pounds, has short brown hair, hazel eyes, is of caucasian ethnicity and has olive skin colour. I have to think back to high school when I last weighed 150 pounds but that's another story.
This series of photos has to be one of my favouites of this model though each photographer has his own thoughts as to how a shoot will go. What are your thoughts?

If you'd like to learn more about Philip and his modeling career (or perhaps are interested in booking him for a shoot?), check out modelmayhem and Philip's own blog.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Scott Herman as Captain America

My friend Scott Herman has a couple of new photos out (see above and below) and he looks very handsome as "Captain America", doesn't he? Look out for more activity from this hot model and aspiring actor.
Meantime, the last post I did on Scott, where he answered a number of questions of interest to blog readers, received quite a bit of interest across North America (especially in the US) but also in other places around the world such as the UK, France, Italy, Australia and Argentina, just to name a few countries. For now, enjoy these pics and think of the possibilities!

Alexander Prinz - model

Alexander Prinz, living in London (UK), is one of the latest up and coming models to grace magazines coming out on newsstands around the world. Alex is single, 23 years old, 6' 1" tall, 178 pounds, athletic, a Virgo, has brown medium-length hair, brown eyes and olive skin. These are some of my favourite pics of him but you can see more at modelmayhem.com/alexandersandy. If you're interested in booking him as a model for a shoot, his agents are AMK Models in London (UK), Major Models Management in Milan (Italy) and B1 Models in New York City (USA). Keep watching magazines, books and tv for more about Alex, now a friend of mine on MySpace.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring is here

This past weekend was the first weekend in spring. The weather was warm and sunny with some cloud but certainly pleasant. Signs of spring are everywhere if you look carefully, such as this tree in flower above (Stanley Park, Vancouver). I hope you all had a great weekend and if you still snow on the ground where you are, I hope spring-like weather is not too far off!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Joee DeSimone - biography

Just in case you were wondering, here is a short biography concerning singer, Joee DeSimone. There is more at Eurodancehits.com/joee/biography. Check it out!

"Joey DeSimone AKA "Joée" has been singing, performing and writing songs since the age of 13. Born in 1973 in Toronto, Ontario, Joée began performing with several local bands and soon after began his recording career, with an independent record being released in Canada.

Performances on the Los Angeles based, syndicated show "Star Search" made for major exposure at a young age, while in the same year Joée also won first prize in an artist/song writing competition in Toronto.

In 1995 his remake of Died In Your Arms, made the Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chart, making Joée the first Canadian pop star to break into the U.S. charts. The song was also No. 1 at radio stations across Canada. An album entitled, Just A Taste was released, with 4 singles all making it to Top 10 across Canada."

More of Joee DeSimone – Arriba – music video

More of Joee DeSimon. Perhaps you'll recognize this song, "Arriba."

Joee DeSimone –Does that make you happy - music

Joee is another of my favourites from earlier in this decade. Listen to his song, "Does that make you happy."

More of Joey McIntyre – I cried

Here's more of Joey McIntyre with his song "I cried." Hope you like it!

Joey McIntyre – Stay the Same – music video

I've had a cd of this piece by Joey McIntyre for some years now since my mother's passing in 1999. I reminds me so much of what I love about my friend Brad, so much so that there's nothing I would want to change. I know deep down that he knows that. He just has to love and accept himself for what he is. I'm sure he'll come to terms with that in due time. In the meantime, its his life, his journey! By the way, Joey was once of the Kids on the Block along with Marky Mark (Mark Walberg) back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Enjoy the song and what it has to say!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Our feathered friends - birds

One of my favourite past times is birdwatching, something I've done since my teenage years. I even raised some birds myself (Zebra Finches). That was in the late 1960s. In the early 1960s I had two pairs of colourful finches from India but they took off out the open window, this after managing to get themself out through the wire (gauge was more for larger birds like canaries). My mother had opened the window to air out the bedroom, so the temptation must have been too great. I can't say that I blame them much for that. Also, the fact that my father raised canaries probably had an influence but I enjoy observing nature and the life in it as well. Well, I took these photos on Sunday afternoon while at Vancouver's Stanley Park. Its hard to get birds like the chickadee to be still long enough to take a photo. You more or less have to anticipate their movements. That's a Black-capped Chickadee above (Poecile atricapilla) and a Chestnut-backed Chickadee below (Poecile rufescens).

Then there are the waterbirds like the ducks that frequent the Lost Lagoon in the park, such as the scaup above, but I don't know if that's a Lesser or Greater Scaup (Aythya affinis and Aythya marila respectively), so I'll have to check out my bird book more carefully.
Thats a pair of American Wigeons above (Anas americana) and a pair of Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) below. In the bird world the male is usually the more colourful and this is certainly the case with the Wood Duck. Enjoy the pics! There'll be more to come as we get into spring!!!

Cody James - model

The other day I picked up a copy of issue 54 (January/February 09) of ReFRESH Magazine. There's a lot of interesting stuff there (for me anyway) but certain photos caught my eye, such as the top one of model Cody James, age 23, 5 ft 11 in., blond with measurements of 38-32-39. Check out Model Mayhem for more information and pics but these are just a sampling. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Todd Bailey

With the warmer weather approaching its a good time to get your body in shape now, if not already started, for those summer-time activities like biking, hiking, playing frisbee or what ever on the beach and so on, basically anything that involves activity to keep us fit. Anything interesting will keep us moving in this direction. The photo of Todd Bailey, model, should help us in getting the motivation going. What do you think? Check out Bodhi's blog, Tres Fab Sweetie, for more pics of this hottie on one of his recent posts.

Spring approaches

Spring is just a little over a week away as the temperatures warm up once again here in the Vancouver area. Thoughts of adding some plants to the balcony are on my mind. This will likely include a mixed assortment of heathers in a half-barrel planter perhaps plus some mini-roses to add some additional colour. Having been a past member of The Heather Society (UK) plus a member of a local horticultural society in southwestern Ontario, I have a very good idea what will work for such a limited space and dress up the place a bit. I know where I can order the plants but I am just doing some research on the containers and other materials such as sand, peat and garden loam/potting soil. There'll be more news on this later.

Meantime, the temperatures have been warming up nicely to near 10 degrees Celsius along with sun today and this should continue through the weekend. There is talk of rain but we can always use a bit of that to give the spring flowers a wake-up call. As mentioned in previous posts, snowdrops, crocuses, and the first rhododendrons are in bloom. There is a lot more to follow!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Time Change

In case you forgot this was the weekend of the time change where the clocks went ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday evening. Monday's the start of a new work week and I wouldn't want anyone to be late for anything. I hope you've made a note. Meantime, I was in Vancouver's Stanley Park Sunday afternoon. These are just some of the photos that resulted from that trip. There are a group of small birds gathered feeding at a bridge in the park above and below you see a Western Spotted Towhee. The bird in the photo below that looks like a female Red-winged Blackbird but I'll have to check my bird book to be certain.

And if you're wondering about the signs of spring here in the Greater Vancouver area, the rhododendrons blooming in Stanley Park near the tennis courts should be a gave away but as nice as that is, by the time I took my return trip on the SkyTrain to New Westminster it was snowing some and the landscape, buildings, trees all were coated in white. Its just a dusting but enough to remind us who's the boss: Mother Nature! Have a great week!!!