landscape photography

National Physicians Day


 
Four special moments from the Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver today on our National Physicians Day here in Canada, a day for me to say thank you to all of my amazing colleagues who have worked so hard this past difficult year together with all of our frontline heroes. I am in awe of them all.
 
   
 

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Canada Remembers


 
The sun broke through on our walk this morning in the Pacific Spirit Park illuminating these beautiful young maple leaves as we remember Sub.Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough and her five co-Canadian Armed Forces crew members, Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke, Master Corporal Matthew Cousins, Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, Captain Kevin Hagen and Captain Brenden Ian MacDonald, all lost when their helicopter came down in the Ionian sea a year ago today.
 

 
Only eleven days previously Sub.Lt. Cowborough had been playing Amazing Graze on the deck of their ship HMCS Fredericton to honor all those murdered in the mass shooting in her home Province of Nova Scotia.
 

 

In Remembrance  🇨🇦  Nova Scotia Strong

spirit park easter spirit


 
A moving anonymous installation for Easter Sunday in the Pacific Spirit Park Vancouver, today as always an uplifting place of sanctuary and peace.
 

Lynn Valley Strong


 
Moments of peace, tranquillity and joy from the Pacific Spirit Park last week to ease our troubled souls. Every day brings news of unimaginable horror, from young children and protesters murdered by troops in Myanmar, school children bombed in their schools in Syria, boys as young as nine beheaded in Mozambique, mass murder in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado; and now here at home terror in a library in North Vancouver with one person killed and six injured.
 
      
 
     
 
Today our thoughts are with the families of all those affected and with the community of Lynn Valley, especially the children who witnessed it all on what should have been a happy Saturday afternoon in their local library, and wishing those who have been injured a full recovery. 🇨🇦

If Trees Could Speak


 

If Trees Could Speak

Thank you to Sara, Lani, Meghan and Lori from Metro Vancouver Regional Parks for creating such a memorable walk in the woods today. Their words, together with those of Nakita Gill, honoring the magnificent trees of our glorious Pacific Spirit Park are truly inspiring and uplifting.
 
  
 
They have also created a Raccoon Ramble for children for the next two weekends. How lucky we are to have their wonderful spirits in our midst. Our heartfelt thanks to them all.
 

 

 
And of course our thoughts today have been with all those grieving their loved ones murdered in Atlanta. The peace and tranquillity we are fortunate enough to enjoy here are a poignant counterpoint to all those suffering racial hatred and violence everywhere. Enough. We are better thank this.
 

magic in the morning

 The magic of the early morning sunshine and blue sky in the Pacific Spirit Park today – just enjoy.
 
   
 
   

on reflection


 
On this rainy Monday morning looking back to the week behind us from our walks in the Pacific Spirit Park and reflecting on the week ahead for our troubled world.
 
      
 
      

“embraced, enriched, alive”


 

Thank you to whoever posted this beautiful poem in the Pacific Spirit Park today.
 
  
 

“the bending rays of occasional winter sun”

rays of hope


 
Two moments from the past week in the Pacific Spirit Park. In these dark days a little light peeking through lifts us all up and gives us hope, something I think you’ll agree we all need at the moment.