Urban Sketchers met at Granville Island on one of those clear cold days when you understand why people worship the sun. Unfortunately aesthetic pickiness overruled thermoregulatory common-sense for me, so I sat in the shade to draw. I'm sure my extremities will thaw in the spring.
In the first view, the composition of the dock and pilings, and the background were the attraction. The Vancouver "City of Glass" sometimes seems like the architectural equivalent of a monoculture, but today the blue glass against the blue sky had more of a feel of an airy mythical city in the sky. The second little vignette is the buffer to stop boats from running into the base of the Granville Street bridge. It has a definite jerry-built look to it. It was catching a stray sunbeam that navigated through various structures to get there, illuminating the plants and algae that have colonized the structure.