Posts Tagged ‘British Columbia’

Easter Woodpecker

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

This woodpecker is the Red-breasted Sapsucker, and it’s pecking on the house today. It’s not actually looking for bugs; it is tapping (very loudly) in order to find a mate.

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The Cowichan sweater of Vancouver Island

Monday, December 21st, 2009

The late Amelia Charlie, prominent designer and promoter of the Cowichan sweater

Above is an example of the Cowichan sweater (photo courtesy Cowichan Tribes). The Cowichan belong to the Coast Salish people, long renowned for their fine weaving.

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They can’t seriously be closing Vancouver’s geodesic dome

Friday, November 27th, 2009

City of Vancouver, why not just demolish the Planetarium, too, and all our other iconic, distinctive buildings while you’re at it? Do we even deserve architecture in this town? See news story here. In short, last night it was decided in a 4-3 vote amidst raucous public opposition that the dome should be closed.

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William Gibson, Douglas Coupland and other Vancouverites speak out

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Vancouver writer William Gibson with BC artist Ron Terada’s “Big Star.” Photo: Candace Meyer, all rights reserved.

A number of Vancouver’s most high-profile cultural figures have spoken out recently about the British Columbia government’s recent assault on arts and culture. To read their statements, click here or on the image above. 

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Douglas Coupland’s magical white house

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

This is by far one of my favourite houses in Vancouver. It’s in the municipality of West Vancouver, home to many of the best modern houses in the city, and it belongs to the novelist Douglas Coupland. He grew up in West Vancouver, not far from this house. Just as beautiful as this place is the house below it, a beautiful midcentury modern post and beam house designed by the architect Ron Thom.

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At the lake

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Today we spent the afternoon diving down and ripping out water lily roots from the muddy lake bottom, because even though the lilies are beautiful, they’re an introduced species and they’re slowly filling the lake. It’s creepy work – the tendrils grab you as you come up for air in a way that seems intentional – but afterwards there’s wine.

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