Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Vancouver Biodome



Biodome - Vancouver, Canada

The Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver is a geodesic dome housing a lovely biodome and bird sanctuary. It's also surrounded by beautiful parkland, but the day we visited (in January) was so cold and blustery that we didn't spare much time for exploring outside, preferring to spend our time in the subtropical temperatures within.

Biodome - Vancouver, Canada

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The first thing that struck me was that we were given a small paper map of the building... with the different parrot and macaw species marked as spots on the map. Now, the first thing I ever remember learning in a geography class was the basic premise of not including moving objects on a map. And as we started our tour, the parrots were indeed in their allocated spaces. I'll confess, I was worried. Had they had their wings clipped, or been fastened down in some way? I was soon reassured - they're just really well-trained, and always fed at their "home" locations to remind them. But we did see one or two take the initiative to flap around the conservatory.

My favourites, though, were the little birds like zebra finches, which fluttered around all over the place. You could get really close while they fed on seeds and fruit, and even a couple of over-enthusiastic young kids barely perturbed them.

A great day out, and a nice way to stay warm and dry during the chilly Vancouver winter.

Biodome - Vancouver, Canada

Biodome - Vancouver, Canada

Biodome - Vancouver, Canada

Biodome - Vancouver, Canada

Biodome - Vancouver, Canada

Biodome - Vancouver, Canada

Biodome - Vancouver, Canada

Biodome - Vancouver, Canada


16 comments:

This Busy Life said...

Your bird pictures are beautiful. So lovely to see such bright colors on a dreary April day.

Dawn said...

Beautiful pictures! Birds are amazing creatures and always beautiful to look at. That must have been so neat to be able to be so close to that many birds without them flying away.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

What a fun place to visit!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

Those birds are so pretty! Hard to think of them in Canada in the cold. :)

Rebecca Subbiah said...

wow the birds are so cute we are making a story up about the orange bird

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What beautiful shots of the birds!

Rachel said...

Those birds look delightful!

Rebecca Jerdee said...

"Pretty bird, pretty bird..."

Maureen@ScoopsofJoy said...

WOW fantastic pictures! I feel like I could touch and pet the pretty birds :)

Melissa Miller said...

I wish we had something like that in Atlanta!!

Grown and Flown said...

Beautiful photography and such an interesting story about a place I can only go to though your post. I am reminded of a similar construction of a theater in my hometown, Casa Manana in Fort Wroth, TX. Something very unique in that architecture, isn't it?
visiting from SITS

Sheila Skillingstead said...

Visited there years ago and drove past recently. It is a beautiful spot in Vancouver, BC. I also love The Museum of Anthropology and UBC. Your pictures are outstanding. Enjoy Saturday Sharefest.

Mamal Diane said...

Beautiful colors :)

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

The colors are so bright....amazing

Kimberly said...

Gorgeous photos! Stopped by from SITS today :)

Crystal Green said...

You are talented at taking pictures. My husband would be in heaven going to this place. He loves birds!!

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