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Dramatic Waterfront


December ushered in a fresh dose of stormy weather, following November’s sharp, clear snapping cold (unusual for balmy Vancouver).



Weather shifts make dramatic skies, intense sea-lighting effects below the ever dramatic coast and mountain/skyscraper backdrop.IMGP9674



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Capilano Watershed & Mountains Art & Photos © R.Hanna

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Not quite art-by-the sea, this beautiful watershed forms a pristine water bowl of thirst-quenching liquid for Vancouver. Overlooking Cleveland Dam and ‘The Lions’ – twin peaks above, a picnic site.

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Venture deeper into the watershed with Metro Vancouver tour guides: historical remnants, ongoing fishery innovations – how DO those salmon return – and fascinating looks from “inside out” at high altitude lakes, peaks, wildlife and plant communities.Copy of IMGP6782

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West coast wilderness – images of spring

Capilano River cuts a deep pathway to the Pacific, foaming en route through millenial Douglas fir, western red cedar and hemlock forests. Rewards for the hiker in ancient wilderness remnants surrounded by north shore cities and suburbs!IMGP4636IMGP4633                                                                                   

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Fairy Wilderness in spring, hiding under soft green of old man's beard.

Fairy Wilderness in spring, hiding under soft green of old man’s beard.




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Stanley Park’s seawall in winter blues and greens

On Stanley Park’s Seawall there’s more than meets the eye, from Eagle’s flights announced loudly from high in the Doug Firs, to tiny shells hidden under middens of wave action pounding at low tide. From art inspired by beaches, to bike and walking lanes sporting new red paint separations. Where have you found treasures along this coast shoreline? For more fun info about the Kitsilano Beach side of the seawall visit the seawallchronicles video at


If you ever catch a glimpse of stark white (heads or tails) on a dark black heavy feathered body, while looking up through the fir branches along the Stanley Park west side seawall, you might also listen for the Bald Eagle’s yodel cry “ee-eeee-ee-eee”. If you’re luckier still you may see baldies swooping low to swipe a fish on the wing. Next post: heron sightings!


Shell Studies in water color and pencil, or pastels and crayons, match up well with shell searches at low tide after the storms.


Stanley Park in winter after wind and wave sweeping high tides last month, when part of the seawall was uprooted, trees, rock wall and all.