angels who go before us…

UBC TOTEM POLE 10

I visited one of my favourite places today–the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC. It is an absolutely spectacular museum full of First Nations treasures that tell the history of our province well before the white settlers arrived. A united church minister once described people who die as the “angels who go before us”, and I think it’s a beautiful way to remember loved ones. It also struck me as the perfect title for this post.

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noble totem…

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Project 365 Photos: #73

This noble Haida totem pole stands at White Rock Beach in British Columbia, overlooking the peaceful bay. There are a pair of these beautiful works of art and I’ve loved them since the minute they were erected, in 1998. I grew up learning about the indigenous people of the pacific northwest, and their art and culture have impacted so many parts of my life. These poles are a beautiful reminder to gentle with our environment and our neighbours.

Granville Island Afterthought…

My Friday fieldtrip included a bit of an afterthought visit to Vancouver’s wonderful Granville Island. It’s a place that always makes me happy. It’s buzzing with creativity, colour, smells, sounds…what’s not to love?! If all else fails, you can always rely on a good time here.

Doesn’t hurt that I can ALWAYS find a new shot at the Island. These peonies were tightly closed when we first got there. By the time we finished lunch and walked back through the market, they were all gloriously open!

The lighting sucks in the market, and it’s not a place conducive to pulling out a tripod, so I didn’t know what the heck I was going to get with this shot. I was delighted when I cranked up the exposure in Photoshop! Makes me want to paint a picture!

I’m always hungry when I walk through the market…even right after I’ve eaten cornmeal crusted oysters washed down with a vodka martini!!!!

Love this craggy old guy!

This is where we ended up, of course. Doesn’t every fieldtrip?

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