Through a Grubby Glass



Part of my daughter’s new place is a large converted school bus.

It is attached to a new post and beam cabin full of the rich colours of Douglas fir.

This photo is in a series taken through a side window of the bus which gets quite grubby under the branches of a cedar.

You will be seeing quite a bit through these windows of this friend of my granddaughter’s, and of my granddaughter too.

Some are totally charming and others, like this one, quite creepy – more like looking through the ice on a winter pond.

The mothers like these photos and are fine with me using them.

I wasn’t sure this would be the case.

I am out of town for about two weeks so even if you complain about this series, I can’t hear you for at least 8 days of that time.

But please, feel free to comment! I will get back to you eventually.


Roof in Background


The garden gate at my daughter’s new home pivots in the middle via an ingenious use of found objects.

In this photo, the central post of the gate is in the foreground and the roof of her cabin behind.

It is the roof that is so prominent in yesterday’s photo.


See Through Net

Green Eye Macro



This wasp, or is it a fly in disguise?, was out back at my daughter’s new place.

I’ve not seen an eye like this one before.

Even though the original framing is very nice the insect is so interesting it deserves a closer view or two (or three).

It is a really sharp image so can withstand the cropping, which is not always the case in these parts.


Red Railed Rainbow

A Simpler Life


We spent the weekend with my daughter, her husband and their charming daughter.

A few weeks ago they moved to central Vancouver Island, a drive that is about 3 hours from Victoria.

They are seeking a simpler and less expensive life in a rural setting.

This photo is about that desire through the simplicity of a garden table something they have been unable to have for years of city dwelling.

The plants are from the local farmers’ market, ready for planting.

Naturally we miss the frequent contact with our granddaughter but are happy that they have found a better place to live.

With a bit of effort we will be able to keep on watching her grow and develop.

And that effort will get us out of town every few weeks, which is not a bad thing at all.

I took a lot of pictures, which does not always happen on weekends.

And some of them are very interesting. I am just waiting permission to show them to you.


Carving in Old Massett


On my recent visit to Haida Gwaii I visited with my friend Gwaliga in Old Massett. I have worked with him on archaeology projects (see for instance this post), and hope to again in the near future. Archaeology is not his only skill. Another is as a carver, one he has learned and continues to learn from his father 7idansuu Jim Hart an eminent Haida artist. They were very busy with carving when I visited. I was allowed to take pictures and to show them here as well – thank you so much for that, and for your hospitality on my visit.

There were several projects underway with the three apprentices (including Gwaliga) working on different pieces and Jim Hart working with them to see his vision realised. One project was a mortuary pole which has since been raised with due ceremony – it holds the ashes of a Hart family relative. Another is a major pole that will be raised in Vancouver to mark the reconciliation process around the residential school program in Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has recently and rightfully found that schooling system a program of cultural genocide.

I can’t think of a better way to mark National Aboriginal Day (which is today in Canada) than to show a work of art underway as part of the reconciliation process which slowly gains momentum in Canada. I saw the drawing for the reconciliation pole and it is a stunning and deeply moving design.

I have previously marked National Aboriginal Day with a post about the poles and house remains at SGang Gwaay Llnagaay which is a World Heritage Site at the opposite end of Haida Gwaii from Old Massett. That post is worth looking at to see how such works of art come to look over a century and a half – click on this link to get to that post.  A more recent set of poles by the master carvers of Haida Gwaii, including Jim Hart, can be found in these posts.



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