Archive | August 2016

Inukshuk at English Bay


One of the most surprising discoveries from my research about the legacy landmarks of Expo 86 was when I learned about the origins of the inukshuk at English Bay. Turns out this iconic sculpture is the same one that stood in front of the Northwest Territories Pavilion at Expo. The territorial government commissioned Alvin Kanak of Rankin Inlet to create the sculpture made of grey granite. After Expo, it was given to the City of Vancouver, and it has stood in English Bay since 1987.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Here’s someone I met on one of my walks through Stanley Park this month.

This is a Pileated Woodpecker, the largest (about the size of a crow) of the four species of woodpeckers found in the park. This particular woodpecker loves forests and the best way to find him is to look up.

Way up.

Check out that grip.

Pileated Woodpecker 2

Through My Lens: Coal Harbour Sunset

Coal Harbour Sunset

Same sky, different direction. I took this photo a few minutes before the one in yesterday’s post, but I’m looking west instead of east.

Through My Lens: Moon Over Coal Harbour

Coal Harbour

All right. Enough already with the whinging about the waning of summer. Let’s get outside.

I took this photo on a long walk one evening last week. Those are the condos of Coal Harbour and the Coal Harbour Marina.

Through My Lens: Sunset Beach Paddlers

Sunset Beach Paddlers

It’s the middle of August already. There are only a few weeks left of what has been a fabulous summer in Vancouver.


What else is there to say?

Through My Lens: Granville Lights

Granville Street

I have no particular reason for posting this photo, except that I think it’s kind of cool. Granville Street is the heart of Vancouver’s entertainment district and it can get a little zany at night ― especially on weekends.

Those white vertical lights you see in the photo were installed to dress up the street for the 2010 Winter Olympics, as a nod to its neon past. At one time, Granville Street was said to have the highest concentration of neon in the world.