photography

215 leaves


 
One year ago I began my drawing of the 546 leaves I had collected that day from the Pacific Spirit Park after learning about the children who had been so cruelly separated from their parents at the US border. In the following few weeks we learnt, as my daily drawings continued, how many more separated children there were. Sadly, as of today too many of these children have yet to be reunited with their parents.
 
In May of this year the remains of 215 children were discovered in unmarked graves in the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Reservation School, children who were never given any opportunity of being reunited with their parents and families. And so began the discovery of generations of children buried in unmarked graves of Indian Reservation Schools across the country in this sad chapter of Canadian history, a chapter that continues today through the vital and heartbreaking process of Truth and Reconciliation.
 
My 215 leaves today are in memory of all the beautiful children who are being grieved and remembered by their families and communities everywhere. They were very much in our thoughts yesterday as we walked in the Pacific Spirit Park on a rainy Friday with so many beautiful fallen leaves carpeting the trails and woods around us.
 

for the love of ballet


 
For World Ballet Day today I thought I would share these photos that I took fifty years ago during rehearsal at the Royal Opera House, Covenant Garden. Happily the negatives are as pristine today as they were all those years ago when I took the film from my trusty Pentax Spotmatic SLR and headed for the dark room.
 
    
 

I posted the first photo in 2015 under the title Peeping Beauty.

vpl


 
We visited the Vancouver Public Library downtown today for the first time in many years and had forgotten how breathtakingly beautiful it is. What a jewel in our city and how lucky we are to have such a world class resource for us all.
 

 

Anniversary


 
From that beach in Tunisia all those years ago to the Sword Fern Trail in the Pacific Spirit Park, as we celebrate our 47th Wedding Anniversary today after a week of pure joy and love with all the family, and feeling like the luckiest parents and grandparents in all the world.
 

❤️❤️❤️

BC Day


 
From yesterday’s see bee day enjoying our roses to today’s BC Day, hoping it will be a happy one for everyone, and with special thanks to our frontline firefighters who are working so hard for us across the province and the country.

teatime


 
Thank you to David’s Tea – It’s teatime in the studio all the time repurposing their Advent Calendar and solving the problem of my palette of mixed acrylic paint drying out too quickly in this heat.

“now we are six”


 
Happy Sixth Birthday to our beautiful granddaughter ❤️ So happy we could celebrate this special day with her now that we can finally travel here in the Province of British Columbia.

gutsy walk 2021


 
Once again this year, unable to gather for the Annual Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis, we walked in the Pacific Spirit Park today in memory of Jodi and all those who are bravely suffering from these debilitating diseases.

And as we walked our thoughts were also of dear friends who are grieving today; and of the 215 children whose remains were so recently found in the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, knowing that so many more remain to be discovered. Viewed from the trail we were walking on orange shirts could be seen in their memory placed all along South West Marine Drive.