Autumn in Stanley Park

The Interpretive Atlas

Layer upon layer of stories still to be told… As an interpretive planner, I work with parks, museums and similar organizations to help bring their stories to life for their visitors. And I’m always looking for tools to help my clients visualize new possibilities. It’s sometimes hard to make abstract ideas concrete; that’s true for all interpreters, of …

Livin' Easy rose

This Ain’t Your Grandmother’s Rose Garden

Stanley Park’s rose garden is an ecological laboratory, and the experiment seems to be working. A wise man once said that art lies in the concealment of art. I’m pretty sure he was talking about painting, but he might have been describing the world of rose gardening. Take the Stanley Park rose garden, for example. 3000-odd plants …

A Foggy Sunday Morning in Vancouver

This morning, we awoke to the sounds of foghorns. Vancouver, BC is generally not a foggy city—certainly not compared to a town like San Francisco—but we’ve had our share this winter. I enjoy the fog and the intimacy it brings. Traffic is quieter, the wind is still and the air has a tactile, three-dimensional quality …

Scenes from the Shoreline, Stanley Park

This is a quick sequence of shots featuring glaucous-winged gulls and black oystercatchers, those amazing and loud shorebirds that look like a “crow smoking a carrot”, to quote a colleague of mine. I was trying out the video capacity of my Nikon D7000 with a Sigma 50-500 “Bigma” lens. This is why I live in …