Kitsilano Beach in the snow last week
It was glorious while it lasted 🇨🇦
“A good book is the life blood of a master spirit,
imbalm’d and treasur’d up on purpose
to a life beyond life”
The Rose Main Reading Room of the New York Public Library
Our visit to the New York Public Library, one of the highlights of our recent trip to New York.
The DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room
Above the entrance to the Edna Barnes Salomon Room
Fondly remembering Anthony Bourdain who would have been 63 today. I’m reading his collection of essays “The Nasty Bits” at the moment, which was published by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2006. One prescient passage seemed to leap from the page as I read it. I think you’ll see why.
from the essay, VIVA MEXICO! VIVA ECUADOR!
Vitruvian Man and Woman
On the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci who died on May 2nd 1519.
“If you set your legs so far apart as to take a fourteenth part from your height, and you open and raise your arms until you touch the line of the crown of the head with your middle fingers, you must know that the centre of the circle formed by the extremities of the out-stretched limbs will be the navel, and the space between the legs will form an equilateral triangle”
“The age as it flies glides secretly and deceives one and another; nothing is more fleeting than the years, but he who sows virtue reaps honour”
on Phlosophy from the Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
After many years of faithful service my Pentax Kr, my fourth Pentax since 1970, finally gave up the ghost. You will have seen many of its creations on the changing palette since I first started blogging in 2013.
I’m happy to report that a used Pentax K5 in perfect condition joined the family on the weekend and already feels very much at home. Clearly the beginning of another beautiful friendship as you can see from this morning’s walk.
Time to say “thank you” to my old friend and “welcome to the family” to my new one.
This is the final weekend of a stunning exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery:
Guo Pei: Couture Beyond.
The exhibit was first presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design in September 2017 and we have been fortunate enough to have had it here in Vancouver since last October. Here are a few photos I took on my iPhone yesterday that hardly do justice to the glorious artistic vision of Guo Pei, China’s preeminent couturière. You can read more about the exhibition here at the Vancouver Art Gallery web site.
The Bright Nights Christmas Train ride in Stanley Park, Vancouver is always one of the highlights of the Xmas season and all tickets sold go to support the BC Burn Fund, which partners every year with the Vancouver Park Board to present a truly magical event as you can see.
Special thanks to the BC Professional Fire Fighters and all the volunteer groups who spend countless hours making it all possible.
Antigua study I – 29.11.18 – water-colour/pen and ink
Four years ago I posted about the charitable organization Heath for Humanity and the great work of their surgical missions over many years to Antigua, Guatemala. The post included a video presentation of theirs for those of you who would like to learn more about them, and you can visit their website here: h4h. Earlier this month I had the privilege of joining them for a week, working with wonderful dedicated colleagues who were making a real difference to the lives of so many; heroes all.
Here are a few of my memorable images from Antigua which include the dazzling yellows of the iconic Arco de Santa Catalina, the colourful pastels of the buildings and the Fuego volcano in the distance, which erupted once again just over a week ago.