Arlesheim, Basel-Landschaft (BL), Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera/Switzerland

[1984 Nikon FE2 SLR 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 1816483, with Nikkor AI 50-mm f/1.8 lens, s/n 2336591, and 52-mm polarizing filter;
Kodak Ektar 125 (Kodak 5101 | Ektar 125-1) 36-exposure colour negative film]

© Copyright photograph by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, November 1991

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Vacation in Kelowna, B.C., Canada

Part of downtown Kelowna, Highway 97’s five-lane William R. Bennett Bridge crossing the lake to West Kelowna, and a southerly view of Okanagan Lake from Knox Mountain Park on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 12:14 PDT.

Evening glow after sunset from the balcony of our vacation apartment at 4058 Lakeshore Road in Kelowna on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 20:57 PDT.

Morning view from same balcony on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 08:26 PDT.

Lala and I are enjoying a vacation in Kelowna, B.C., Canada from Sunday, July 21 to Thursday, August 1, 2013. So far, we have visited Knox Mountain Park for a small hike, the panoramic views, and snacking on semi-dry Saskatoons straight from their bushes, tiny dark purple-blue berries, a staple of First Nations people here and in the prairies, particularly the Cree and Blackfoot; a day trip to Summerland, Penticton, and Naramata with the weekly farmer’s market in Summerland (picnic of mennonite farmer’s sausage, Swiss rye bread, and apricots in the nearby park) and cherries, apricots, and peaches from an orchard in Naramata; and downtown Kelowna. I take a quick morning dip in the lake before breakfast and we swim in the lake several times a day; and enjoy good food, red and white wine, beer, coolers, tequila cocktails, coffee, and plenty of water.

Saskatoon is derived from the Blackfoot, misaskatomina or from the Cree, misaskquahtoomina. Other common names are serviceberry, juneberry, or in French, amelanchier. The bushes grow in slightly dry or open forest areas, preferring some soil drainage and sun, and can withstand a bit colder temperatures in sub-alpine regions. Saskatoons have a drier, slightly earthier, yet still fruity taste than blueberries.

[Nikon D3100 14.2 megapixel DX-format DSLR Nikon F-mount camera; Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18–55 mm f/3.5–5.6G VR lens with 52-mm UV(C) filter; Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55–200 mm f/4–5.6G VR IF-ED lens with 52-mm UV(C) filter]

© Copyright photographs by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, July 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

New Camera

After many months of research (product descriptions, specifications, reviews, and forums), and watching prices and sales at Kerrisdale Cameras, Broadway Camera, London Drugs, Costco, Best Buy, Future Shop, Black’s, Lens & Shutter, Staples, and The Source), I have purchased a new camera. I always knew it would be a Nikon, having previously used a Nikon FE2 for many problem-free years.

I now have a new tool in my stable, a 2010 Nikon D3100 14.2 megapixel DX-format DSLR Nikon F-mount camera, s/n 5119118; Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18–55 mm f/3.5–5.6G VR lens, s/n 53867376, with 52-mm UV(C) filter; and Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55–200 mm f/4–5.6G VR IF-ED lens, s/n 4081625, with 52-mm UV(C) filter. I found a great deal for $589.99 plus taxes = $681.39 at Broadway Camera in Lawnsdowne Mall, Richmond, B.C., Canada on Saturday morning, June 1, 2013. The package included lens hood, EN-EL 14 rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, MH-24 battery charger, DK-5 eyepiece cap, DK-20 rubber eyecap, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, BF-18 body cap, AN-DC3 camera strap, two smaller and two bigger Ferrite cores, ViewNX 2 CD, Quick Start Guide, User’s Manual, Reference CD, and Warranty; plus added extras of one LowePro Apex 140 AW soft camera bag and two 52-mm UV(C) filters worth about another $100.00 in total. The young Chinese university student was friendly, well-mannered, and knowledgeable. In addition, I purchased a 16 G SDHC memory card and an extra EN-EL 14 rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. From the Nikon FE2, I transferred a package of Kodak lens cleaning paper, a lens pen, and a blue vintage Nikon cloth.

Cameras I have retired are:
  • the camera I first learned the basics of classic photography, and still in working condition, a 1959 Kodak Retina IIIS (Type 027) rangefinder 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 86125, with Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenon 50-mm f/1.9 Synchro Compur lens, s/n 6841319
  • long lost, a Rolleiflex 4x4 Baby Rolleiflex “Sport”, Model 4RF 430, TLR 127 roll film camera with Zeiss Jena Tessar 60-mm f/2.8 taking lens and Heidoscop Anastigmat 60-mm f/2.8 finder lens
  • long lost, a 1971 Agfa Agfamatic 100 sensor viewfinder 126 cartridge film camera, 42.1-mm f/11 lens
  • still in working condition, my ever-reliable 1984 Nikon FE2 SLR 35-mm roll film F-mount camera, s/n 1816483, with Nikkor AI 50-mm f/1.8 lens, s/n 2336591, and 52-mm polarizing filter, thoroughly cleaned a couple of times since new in July 1985, but never an issue until summer 2012 when the “A” mode no longer functioned but still usable in manual mode; with the cost of film and processing these days, plus a possibly expensive repair bill, and the need for a compatible zoom lens as I no longer have the one I had in the 1980s, I reluctantly (at first) decided to move into the realm of digital SLRs
  • in recent years I used a Casio Exilim EX-Z20 point-and-shoot 8.1 MP digital camera, 38–114-mm f/3.1–5.9 lens, s/n 31002061A, until it was stolen
  • then, a Nikon Coolpix L20 point-and-shoot 10 MP digital camera, Nikkor 38–136-mm f/3.1–6.7 lens, s/n 51002451, not as good as the Casio

On my two blogs, WORDS & ROADS and WORDS & WINGS, I will start to post assorted new photographs, along with more photographs from the previous cameras in my stable.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Burrard Inlet, B.C., Canada in late May 1989

Crossing the Burrard Inlet by SeaBus between downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada in late May 1989. Looking back at Canada Place, Coal Harbour, and Stanley Park.

The ship assist/harbour tugs Charles H. Cates I (Z-Peller, built in 1986) and Charles H. Cates II (Z-Peller, built in 1983) at Cates Towing (C.H. Cates and Sons Limited), immediately adjacent to and east of Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada

In the late afternoon glow

A SeaBus returning to downtown Vancouver

The ship assist/harbour tugs Charles H. Cates X (Z-Peller, built in 1987), Charles H. Cates I, and Charles H. Cates II 

The ship assist/harbour tugs Charles H. Cates VIII (Twin Screw, built in 1980), Charles H. Cates XVIII (Twin Screw, built in 1972), Charles H. Cates VII (Twin Screw, built in 1977), and Charles H. Cates X, with North Vancouver Ferry No. 5 in background, serving many years as the Seven Seas Restaurant until scrapped in 2002

[1984 Nikon FE2 SLR 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 1816483, with Nikkor AI 50-mm f/1.8 lens, s/n 2336591, and 52-mm polarizing filter; Fujifilm Fujichrome 100 (RD-113) 36-exposure colour slide film]

© Copyright photographs by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, May 1989

Stephan Alexander Scharnberg in May 1963

Stephan Alexander Scharnberg at home in Lake Cowichan, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada in May 1963

Father planted me a birth tree, a Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), in the front yard of our converted bunkhouse on Neva Road. It is still standing to this day at over 60 feet tall.

There are not too many photographs of me smiling. I was usually a serious child.

In summer 1965, we moved to March Road in Honeymoon Bay, a few houses from what is now the Gordon Bay Provincial Park gate. We moved to Duncan in April 1966, by which time I had a brother, Felix Hayo Scharnberg, and a sister, Anya Maureen Scharnberg.

[1959 Kodak Retina IIIS (Type 027) rangefinder 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 86125, with Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenon 50-mm f/1.9 Synchro Compur lens, s/n 6841319; Kodak Plus-X Pan (ISO 125/22°) 36-exposure black & white negative film]

© Copyright photographs by Uwe Kündrunar Scharnberg, May 1963 / Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, June 2011

Thursday, April 18, 2013

CPR’s Pier B and Pier C, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, B.C., Canada sometime in the late 1950s

CPR’s Pier B and Pier C, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, B.C., Canada sometime in the late 1950s. This is now the site of Canada Place with its iconic sails, including the East Building, Vancouver Convention Centre, the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver’s World Trade Centre, and the cruise ship terminal. The East Building, Vancouver Convention Centre was previously known as the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre.

CPR’s Pier B and Pier C were built in 1927 for the CP Steamships fleet, and other passenger and freight ships. The piers were replaced with the construction of Canada Place in March 1983, using some of the Pier B and Pier C pilings, and served as the Canada Pavilion for Expo 86.

© Copyright photograph by Uwe Kündrunar Scharnberg, 1958 / Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, March 2011 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Coal Harbour, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, B.C., Canada in late May 1989

Northwest view of Coal Harbour, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, B.C., Canada in late May 1989 with Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains in the background. On the right are the black steel arches at Pier A3 where the CP Ships train ferries docked. The CP Rail yard is no more, built over, and the Coal Harbour area built up with condo towers, small businesses, restaurants, pubs, and hotels, and along the shoreline Harbour Green Park and a public seawall leading to Stanley Park. This is now the site of the West Building, Vancouver Convention Centre including Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre, Unit #1 Burrard Landing, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver Harbour Water Airport (CXH/CYHC) with its seaplane docks.  

CP Ships ro-ro train/trailer ferry, Carrier Princess, at Pier A3. These days she serves with Seaspan Ferries Corporation, still carrying her name.

CP Ships ro-ro train/trailer ferry, Trailer Princess, at Pier A1 and Canada Place with its iconic sails, including the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver’s World Trade Centre, and the cruise ship terminal, the former site of CPR’s Pier B and Pier C. Where the ferry wharves, Pier A, were located is now the east side of the West Building, Vancouver Convention Centre. The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre is now known as the East Building, Vancouver Convention Centre.

Every Saturday for two years, 1976 and 1977, I awoke at 4:00 am, dressed quickly and gathered my backpack, ate a breakfast of overnight oven-heated multi-grain or oatmeal porridge, and then father or mother would drive me to downtown Nanaimo for the six o’clock CP Ships ro-ro train/trailer ferry, either the Princess of Vancouver or the Carrier Princessarriving at the dock and ramp with the black steel arches at Pier A3, situated right about where today sits the West Building, Vancouver Convention Centre and the seaplane docks of Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre, Vancouver Harbour Water Airport (CXH/CYHC). I walked up the Burrard Street overpass to West Hastings, turned left and continued to Granville Street for one of the beloved, classic CC&F T-48A Brill trolley buses on the 14 Hastings route, stepping down near Woodland Drive, usually at Commercial, for the few blocks south and west to The Christian Community’s house on Frances Street.

Here we participated in our Confirmation classes, led with warmth and intelligence by Rev. Werner Hegg. The others in the group were Marius Krack, Andrew Rachel, Anna Driehuyzen, Celina Gold, Florette Snijders, and a Shields’ daughter. I alone would be invited for lunch prepared with love by Alsten Hegg, many of the in-season vegetables from their small garden plot behind the early-1900s three floor house—my favourite the swiss chard in a bechamel sauce. Sometimes I stayed overnight for the Sunday service, and on these occasions at times even riding the bus back to White Rock with Marius, to return with the Krack’s the following morning.

On the more frequent occasions that I returned home the same day, I would often stop at Famous Foods on East Hastings for one or more items that mother needed, or further along at Woodward’s with its famous red neon sign, the rotating W. I then continued on a trolley for the Greyhound bus depot occupying the full block bound by Georgia, Dunsmuir, Beatty, and Hamilton. From here I rode a coach to a late afternoon or early evening BC Ferry sailing, Horseshoe Bay–Departure Bay. The route was code-shared between PSL (Pacific Stage Lines) and VICL (Vancouver Island Coach Lines). Father or mother would wait for me at the bus depot in downtown Nanaimo, close by the CP Rail ferry dock.

[1984 Nikon FE2 SLR 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 1816483, with Nikkor AI 50-mm f/1.8 lens, s/n 2336591, and 52-mm polarizing filter; Fujifilm Fujichrome 100 (RD-113) 36-exposure colour slide film]

© Copyright photographs by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, May 1989

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

1968 VW Type 2 (T2a) Model 238 Westfalia and my son

1968 Volkswagen Type 2 (T2a) Model 238 Westfalia, Sophia, B.C. licence plate HAE-162 in the parking lot at South Terminal, Vancouver International Airport (YVR/CYVR), Sea Island, Richmond, B.C., Canada in autumn 1994, likely late November



My son, Cohen Isaac Scharnberg (O’Connor)

Burkeville, a small community adjacent to YVR




1968 VW Type 2 (T2a) Model 238 Westfalia, VIN 238031515, Sophia, B.C. licence plate HAE-162
  • early 1968 VW Type 2 (T2a, “Early Bay”), second-generation, bay window camper
  • powered by a 1971 60-hp 1584-cc (1600) four-cylinder, horizontally-opposed, dual-port air-cooled piston engine, engine coded AE and followed by seven digits (codes from AE-0-000-001 to AE-0-529-815)
  • Solex 34 PICT-3 carburetor
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • sliding side door right side, left hand drive
  • seats five, sleeps four
  • exterior body colour scheme in L567 (46) ivory
  • upholstery in 45 medium grey 68
  • 14-inch wheels, double CV-joints
  • low front turn signals mounted below headlights just above front bumper
  • original Model SO-68/2 Westfalia interior: rear bench seat that pulls out to become a ¾-wide bed, rear deck mattress, storage locker under rear bench seat, clothes closet with vanity mirror and hanging rod and shelves aft of sliding door, adjoining linen closet, rear ceiling shelf cabinet, ceiling and walls insulated and wood-panelled in baltic birch, yellow vinyl seat coverings, vinyl-tiled floor, hinged folding dinette table, front rear-facing bench seat with storage area immediately aft of driver bucket seat and walk-through divider, 1.6-cubic foot cabinet with ice box and drain, white plastic sink with drainage and venting system and hinged lid/counter surface, 7.5-gallon water tank and manually operated faucet pump, catch-all shelf unit, front lid mosquito net pop-up roof with canvas tent, rear wall with zippered flaps and zippered screen openings, cot bed inside pop-up roof, rear luggage rack, removable children’s hammock for over front seats, two ceiling lamps (one each over sink and dinette table) of three 10-watt bulbs each, small ceiling light in centre of compartment, transistorized 12-volt 110–125 volt electrical receptacle with double outlet, 15-ampere AC cord for plugging into campsite receptacles, original bay window privacy curtain, original yellow and brown checkered curtains for all windows, and fully-functional louvered side windows with removable screens

She was purchased new from the official VW dealer somewhere in or near downtown San Diego, California, USA. I still have her original sales receipt, owner’s manual, and service manual—regularly serviced and stamped. She appeared to be based in Indio, Coachella Valley, California, USA.

While in my possession she still sported an AAA (The Automobile Club of Southern California) decal in bottom right corner of the windshield. She was a member of some surf club based in San Clemente, California, USA.

Imported to Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada in the early 1980s.

Legend has it, this camper drove to the famous 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York, USA and back to the West Coast. And that John Muir, VW mechanic extraordinaire and writer of the famous manual, How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual Of Step By Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot, once serviced and tuned my baby’s 1600-cc engine.

I took Sophia camping many times: southern Vancouver Island, Saltspring Island, Hornby Island, Alice Lake near Brackendale up past Squamish, Hicks Lake near Harrison Hot Springs and Harrison Lake, Manning Park, and including a road trip to Grande Prairie, Alberta in August 1994, travelling up the Coquihalla Highway and Summit from Hope, then Merritt, Kamloops, Blue River, Valemount, Jasper, from Hinton through Grande Cache to Grande Prairie on Highway 40 (at the time still known as “the Highway to Hell”, the last year it was sand and gravel surface strewn with the debris of blown tires, pieces of wood, and branches, before receiving an asphalt surface the following year) to Grande Prairie, Alberta, then back by way of Dawson Creek, Prince George, Quesnel, Lac La Hache, 100 Mile House, Clinton, Cache Creek, Ashcroft, Spences Bridge, Lytton, down the Fraser Canyon, Hope, and back to New Westminster, B.C.

Alas, after owning her from 1992 t0 2000, I sadly sold her to a VW enthusiast-restorer-collector in Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, wanting to give her one more good life. At the time I was broke. I couldn’t afford the $10,000.00 or $15,000.00 restoration she needed and deserved.

I miss the camper. I would purchase another fine bay window model.

[1984 Nikon FE2 SLR 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 1816483, with Nikkor AI 50-mm f/1.8 lens, s/n 2336591, and 52-mm polarizing filter]

© Copyright photographs by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, November 1994