Goodbye 2012 – Here comes 2013

31 12 2012

Just a short note to all of you that read my blog… Thank you for letting me share my experiences, travels and a bit of life with you over the past year.  I met SO many new people in 2012 in countries from Ecuador to Cambodia.  You all had a positive effect on my life.  I strive to be better, but often fall short. It’s the presence and love of my dear wife that keeps me going even when I fall down.  This past year has seen a LOT of travel… almost too much.  I hope that in 2013 I’ll be home more often to share more of the joys of life with the people I love.

Happy 2013 to all of you!  May God bless and keep you always!

Canada West Judo Tournament

31 12 2012

My Judo Club hosted the Canada West Tournament on December 1st at Bonsor Recreation Centre in Burnaby. Here are a few highlights:
Canada West Invitational 2012-12-01 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
Canada West Invitational 2012-12-01 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
Canada West Invitational 2012-12-01 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
Canada West Invitational 2012-12-01 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
Canada West Invitational 2012-12-01 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
Canada West Invitational 2012-12-01 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
Canada West Invitational 2012-12-01 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
Canada West Invitational 2012-12-01 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There a whole bunch on my Flickr site:

Finally got our Ecuador Photobook done!

30 12 2012

We sent our Ecuador Photobook off to be printed at Picaboo the other day. It definitely took a lot of editorial “discussion” between myself and Mrs Dragonspeed until we came up with the right mix of landscape/animals/people.

To view our project, click the following link:


An afternoon around Malibu

19 12 2012

We had a pretty brutal work schedule while I was down in Cali for 10 days. I managed to break free on the last afternoon to get out and see what Malibu Creek State Park had to offer and to head down to the beaches at Malibu. The photos are kinda crappy, since the weather was dark and cloudy. It even started to rain as it finally got too dark to shoot. My luck. It was beautiful the day before, and then beautiful the next day too… Not when I was out though.

1) White Tailed Kite
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Same bird – hovering
IMG_1469 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) was unknown by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Cooper’s Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) Dolphins at the beach in Malibu
Dolphin at the beach in Malibu by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) The Pier at Malibu beach
The Pier at Malibu Beach by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) A panorama of the hills at Malibu Creek State Park
The scenery of Malibu Creek State Park by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More pictures can be found at my flickr set:

*Telephoto shots were taken with the 100-400L and "normal" shots were with the newest addition to the family – 24-105L

I hope you enjoy!

2012-11-22 The Lights of Hong Kong

4 12 2012

The city of Hong Kong is an amazing place. Busy. Bustling. Dense. Full of GREAT food. The one thing that takes Hong Kong that extra step up the ladder – the night LIGHTS. There’s nothing like the beauty of Hong Kong’s skyline or the crazy lights of Mong Kok!

1. 2IFC

2IFC rises up and above by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Central

The Hong Kong Skyline at night by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Star Ferry pier and the light show in Central

The Hong Kong Skyline at night by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Western Central District

The Hong Kong Skyline at night by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. The TST Clock Tower

Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Junk sailing

Junk and Hong Kong Skyline by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Something a bit bigger.

Star Cruises liner departs Hong Kong by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Central Skyline Panorama

Hong Kong by Night by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There are sooo MANY AMAZING SIGHTS! You can check out more at my Flickr set:…7632168587640/

I hope you feel the magic of the lights too!

2012-11-22 A walk around “The Peak”

3 12 2012

We decided to head up to Victoria Peak with Mrs Dragonspeed’s mom and Lorna and Claire.  We took a cab up and wandered around the Peak shops and checked out the goodies they offered – all at ridiculous “tourist marked up” pricing.  This one sign, however caught my eye

That’s what we need in Canada!  And the price is right… about $7CAD.  Well – it was a bit too early for that, so we kept looking about. Next thing you know, we run into Bruce Lee!  With this group of helpers, he was sure to win, even if he WAS wax Winking smile

We went for a walk around the “Morning Trail” which led us around the Northwest corner of the Peak.  It opened into lovely vistas of Kowloon, unfortunately the sun and fog were challenging bug we got a few pictures of Hong Kong’s tallest building, ICC and the ships in the Kowloon Western harbour.

After the walk around the peak, we took a cab part way down the hill to the Wan Chai Gap park.  Mrs Dragonspeed’s dad used to take the kids here when they were little. They walked UP and down the hill to Aberdeen when they were young.  We were going to walk down.  ALL the way down the Aberdeen!  We came across a tonne of pretty butterflies. It must be butterfly season as this was the second time in a week that I have seen so many together.

We even saw a couple of new birds (for me). Here’s the Japanese White-eye:

It was a good day of exercise and the clouds kept it from getting too hot, but didn’t help the shooting.  Well – I guess it’s a compromise!

The whole set of shots from the peak can be seen at:

Thanks for reading and dropping in to check out the photos!

2012-11-21 A Day at Ocean Park

1 12 2012

We hadn’t been to Ocean Park, in Hong Kong, for almost 5 years.  A lot has changed, some for the better, some – worse.  Still a good day to go visit and see the animals!  The weather was cloudy and threatening, but in the past week, I’ve learned that my ability to forecast weather in Hong Kong is pretty much non-existent.  We went with Mrs Dragonspeed’s mom as she really enjoys seeing the Pandas.

We arrived not long after opening and there were already many tour buses there.  It seems that Ocean Park has become a popular destination for mainland Chinese tourists now!  We snaked through the admissions line and picked up Mrs Dragonspeed’s mom’s free ticket (seniors get in free EVERY day) and made our way to the Pandas. 

The two giant pandas were pretty lethargic and did what they do most of the time in the wild.  Sleep.  A bit of movement, and the whir of shutters could be heard all around.  There were also a couple of Golden Monkeys who were much more awake and more photogenic! 

After the Pandas, we headed over to the Aquarium, which had been completely rebuilt since I had been there last. The area is HUGE.  There are so many beautiful species of fish and aquatic animals.  Mom went home after that while Mrs D and I kept wandering around.  So many changes!  Later in the afternoon, the rain started, it meant that the line up for the “Hair Raiser” rollercoaster was non-existent.  Great ride.  Too short. 😦

The whole set of pics from the day can be found on my blog:

Here are a few highlights.

Giant Panda

Golden Monkey

Stone fish

Fish with cool light coming down

Kids at heart

The cutest critter in the park – Red Panda

For the price of admission, Ocean Park is great bang for your buck!  If you’re in Hong Kong, I would put this on the “must visit” list.

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