This is Brett and Topher having a kiss, the start of something hot and wonderful. You'll have to use your imagination, or check out more photos at Os meus garotos. The link is in the right-hand sidebar. Have a great weekend, guys! - V
Now that we're well into autumn and summer is well in the past, we can put the idea of warm, pleasant weather in the back of our minds until spring but we can certainly keep the memories alive! Currently, I've got the thermostat as high as it will go and all the windows closed to keep the place warm. Perhaps keeping busy in the kitchen for a while cooking a soup or something of that nature will warm up the place further. When it really gets cold, the heating systems here on the west coast have some trouble keeping up. Ideally, I would have had a cabin of my own with a wood stove to keep the place warm, very warm, but that's not the case! We do what we can with what we have. - V
I was going to go out but with the grey skies and such have decided to stay home. There are other things to do. I'll just check out stuff online, do some cleaning and perhaps some cooking later. Its a slow, easy day! And our hottie in the chair has the idea. - V
This is a view of Eagle Mountain as seen from the Sapperton's Fraser Cemetery in New Westminster, British Columbia, the source of three hikes this summer with more planned for 2012. For various reasons I didn't make it to the summit but this is in the plans for next year. There is a microwave tower (red and white) in this photo where there is a lookout with an awesome view of the Fraser River and some of the lower mainland. A trail follows the hydro lines to Eagle Bluff to the west (left side of this image), which has an even better view. I have seen some images that others have taken of the view from the summit of the mountain. This goal is something to look for! - V
The top photo is a crop of a larger one and shows the cone on a Monkey Puzzle Tree, this one in Sapperton. Below is the crown of the same tree. I got out late in the afternoon to check out a new grocery store near the SkyTrain station in Sapperton. The weather was mostly cloudy but with some sunshine getting through the overcast sky. As you can see, it is the usual autumn weather. The rain will be back but for the moment not having it is a relief! I cut through the Fraser Cemetery on the way to East ColumbiaStreet (200 block) in New Westminster where the store is located. The store (Thifty Foods) was about a 20 minute walk away from home, so the exercise was good and needed but walking back was mostly uphill until it leveled out some as I got closer to home. When I returned home, it was time for a quick supper with most of the daylight gone for the day. As the season advances, the sun gets lower on the horizon and the daylight hours decrease. There's a fair bit of dew in the morning but I'll let you know when it gets frosty! - V
Here is a collection of seashells that had washed up on shore at Kitsilano (Vancouver) on English Bay after a storm in April 2010. Its a mix of clam and blue mussel shells, barnacle shells, and lots of stones and sand. - V
Here are a couple of hot-looking guys to give us inspiration. Not all of us can look like a super model but we can be fit. It does take some effort on our part, easier for some than others, but fitness is attainable. All the better to enjoy the good things that life has to offer! - V
Here's one more before night falls. Those of you in the southern hemisphere have to opportunity to sport the latest swimwear fashions since you've got summer closing in. Have you been working on getting that body of yours in shape? - V
Let Joshua send you drifting off to sleep tonight (or perhaps sleep might elude you?). I'm off to get a few groceries from the store across the road before sitting down in front of the TV to watch some British programming. How about you?
The other morning I was on my way in to work on the SkyTrain. It usually fills up quickly after the halfway point and yesterday was no exception. A tall, slim, handsome guy got on at one station and stood in front of me with his left side toward me. His hair was short, light brown. You could tell he was slim by the way he fit into his denim blue jeans. A few stops later he stepped out to allow others to exit the train and then got back on but further in. Then another cute guy got on. He ended up standing right in front of me with his back towards me and we were packed in there, so he was practically right up against me. Then I had to get off. It was my time to leave. By the way, both were just over six foot tall and reminded me immediately of Brad, though he has darker hair (it was the build and the height). Have an awesome day! - V
This past Sunday I went up to Burnaby Mountain in the hopes of taking some photos of the autumn colour but it hasn't progressed as far as other places lower in elevation. The photo above shows alder trees along a road near Simon Fraser University. When they are in colour, they'll be a bright yellow which looks awesome with the sun shining through in the background. The ferns and moss add to the greenery still present in the area. The image above looks at the mountains on the northside of Burrard Inlet opposite Burnaby Mountain and the photo below shows the Eagle Mountain area where I had been hiking from the middle to late summer. Eagle Bluff is in the centre of that photo. Above we look north up Indian Arm opposite Burnaby Mountain. Below is the Western Pearly Everlasting gone to seed way past its beauty of the summer past. You can literally see autumn in the air! There is some colour on the mountain but I suspect more will be had in a week or two. I'll have more photos then, at least that's the plan. Meantime, enjoy these photos!!! - V
This afternoon while up on Burnaby Mountain to check out the autumn colour I saw this star and heart near the bottom of a cistern. I first saw it a couple of summers ago and it always makes me think of Brad. The colour is just starting. It'll need another week or two before its better. I'll post some more photos soon. Meantime, enjoy this one! - V
Well, we could only wish! A number of guys I know are fans of Spencer, and what's not to like. The photographer, Michael Hallenbeck, has done beautifully in capturing his essence. What do you think? To see more of Spencer and Michael's photography, go to Cariciasmag for more. Awesome stuff! There are a number of images that would look great in a calender which hopefully the photographer is considering. The photo above is perhaps one of my favourites but each of them are special. Could you think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon, or part of one? - V
I took this photo in the spring of 2008 and was thinking of Brad at the time I took it since he's such a sailing buff. This is looking across English Bay from Stanley Park. What caught my interest was the large flock of seabirds flying by at the time the image was taken. I've never seen such a sight before or since. I also posted this photo early on when I first started this blog in 2008 with Brad as my co-writer. Simply awesome scene! - V
Have you ever taken the time to appreciate the beauty that the sky offers us daily? In this case its the sky over English Bay in Vancouver, British Columbia during a recent summer (but not the one we just had). That's the landing to the ferry at Sunset Beach on the right. Take the time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life! Life is over too quickly to spend it asleep at the switch!! - V
Someone I know has gone off to Mexico for a week's vacation. Little does she know that a hurricane is racing its way toward her location, Puerto Vallarta. It'll be a category 4 storm by the time it hits the coast where she's at. Such timing, such bad luck! Currently its calm but it will change, and change it will.
Meantime, here on Canada's west coast in the Vancouver area its raining and will be most of the week. If we're lucky, we may see some sunshine but that won't be until the end of the week. She's not missing much in any case.
So, how's your week starting off? Regardless of how it is or what's coming your way, make the best of it! - V
The autumn colours out here on the west coast vary each year depending upon the temperatures. Back east in southwestern Ontario warm days and cool, even frosty nights helped bring out the colour but here the natural vegetation will likely get you plenty of browns and tans rather than the brilliant oranges, yellows or reds like back east. Occasionally we get to see such brilliant colour but the trees tend not to be native to the region and instead are native to other regions, such as eastern North America or Japan. The photo above is one I took in early October 2008. Regardless, we do take the time to enjoy, so enjoy what your autumn season brings you! - V
With Canada's Thanksgiving soon behind us, the end of October and Halloween will soon be upon us. These photos are from a series of images I took back in October 2009. Obviously the stone circle gets used because there was a remains of a fire within the circle. Just use your imagination and let it run free! - V
Are you musically inclined or love to listen to someone playing the guitar? It looks like David is getting set to do something. I guess just after a long day of hard work, this would be just the thing to relax. Just imagine! - V
I bought a couple of bottles of white wine on Friday evening. One was a German Riesling by Deinhard. The other was a French white, Cotes du Rhone - Heritages - from a mix of grapes, such as white grenache and vognier typical for the region of southern France but there are others included. Unfortunately the cork on the second bottle cracked in half as I was pulling it out of the bottle (too dry). Unlike Ontario, here they don't store the bottles on their sides to keep the cork well lubricated. For years bottles used to be stored upright but they got wise back east, a good thing!
It looks like Wesley is looking for more. I'll have some more later before bedtime. Ah, and check out MaleModel.us for more of Wesley and others. They're also on Facebook. - V
I took this photo in October 2008 on a walk along False Creek in Vancouver. I was nearing Granville Island at the time and saw a guy walking these Afghan Hounds. You just never know when you see something out of the ordinary, and this was the case. I'm re-posting this for my dog lovers. Enjoy the treat! - V
In honour of the season here's a photo I took on the western end of Burnaby Mountain in October 2009 with the cherry trees in colour. This scene is of the walkway from the Horizon Restaurant. If time permits, I may go up there this weekend to check out any colour present, and I know there's some since I've seen it from the SkyTrain on my way to work over the past week. Take the time to see the sights and listen to the sounds of the season. Enjoy! By the way, its the Thanksgiving weekend but the actual statutory holiday is on Monday. Enjoy your weekend!!! - V
My blogger friend Jiel sent me some images of Shawn recently. I love the first photo the best. Its so mysterious and full of potential. I love the second images too. The face reminds me somewhat of Brad. Well, we can imagine having him near. Enjoy the tease! And thanks for sending them along, Jiel! - V
Late yesterday afternoon I took the time to do a virtual tour of Brad's home town. The street view that Google has developed is good for that. I checked out a bit of Water Street and then viewed Main Street north and south of the centre of town. Its a nice, clean community from what I've seen, and this hasn't been the first time.
In the past I've also checked out places in Europe that I've seen on past trips to see how much has changed. Its another adventure!
Have a great day, guys, and enjoy your adventure!! Now I'm off to work. - V
On the weekend I found I had a visitor in the bedroom. The window is usually open at least a crack, so its not unusual for something to be found in the room. Usually its been an insect of one sort or another but this time its a spider of unknown species (unknown to me that is). There are no screens on the windows in this part of the country, so anything can get in, and does. Here you're looking at a cropped image of the underside of the spider. I'll let you known when I've identified the creature. More later! - V
I spent the afternoon into the evening scanning colour slides I had taken while in Berlin, Germany in July 1972. These were the ones I found this morning, some I hadn't scanned yet because I couldn't find them. The above photo was taken at Charlottenburg Palace in the front courtyard during my week long visit to the city back then. I'll post more soon, very soon! Have an awesome week, guys! - V
Some time ago I promised the people at Lime Underwearthat I'd do a post. Well, here's a teaser! You'll have to check out their website for more. Those of you in the southern hemisphere are just going into spring with a whole hot season ahead of you. Enjoy! - V
Regardless of who you are, be yourself! A friend of mine once gave me a gift a few years ago with a motto on it that says: "You are the Miracle you've been waiting for!" So, be who you are and let yourself shine!! There is only one of you in this world, so make the most of it.
So, what is the message that Luca is sending us? Another image by Alberto Bruni. - V
Why is it that some of us that are so hot and handsome when we are young turn out otherwise when we are older but others seem to age gracefully and improve with the march of time like a bottle of fine wine? Not all of us can look like Oscar but it can't hurt! Aging gracefully is a plus! The photo of Oscar is by photographer Alberto Bruni. To see more, check out malemodels.us. What more can I say? - V
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