Friday, October 12, 2012
After Giles’ court appearance today I checked out Stanley Park and Granville Island. Finally the rain has returned. I was actually beginning to miss it. There’s nothing more Vancouver then getting out and about on a rainy fall day. Taking the passenger ferry to Granville Island in the rain is where it’s at. Soon enough and all that Vancouver rain will be fresh snow on the local mountains.
There’s nothing more magical then driving up the mountains on a rainy day in winter and crossing over the freezing point where all that rain turns to snow. Returning to the rainy city after leaving that paradise is like waking up from a pleasant dream.
Traditional Totem poles in Stanley Park.
Statue of Robbie Burns, Harry Winston Jerome, the Celtic Cross and the mermaid. Only it turns out the Stanley park mermaid isn’t a mermaid it’s a woman in a scuba suit symbolizing our dependence on the ocean. In more ways than one. For food and for oxygen.
Figurehead of the SS Empress of Japan.
Subtle hints of wildlife. Geese, loons, herons, swans, and raccoons.
Between Lost Lagoon and Second beach there’s a clearing with a group of huge bamboo plants. I love bamboo in a pot. It’s very Zen. These plants are huge. Over 20 feet tall and thick. This is Vancouver. This is our home. Even in the rain. Giles isn’t from here. He doesn’t belong here either.