29 June 2010


No. 9911 - 07 Jun 2010 - 20:28:46

Sunset Glamour


Gastown, Vancouver

I break my own dogma 05 rule - always chronological, never retouched - by switching images because sometimes art trumps document. With only 1/10 of a second between these two and a missing piece, No. 5172, I have chosen to rearrange them, from left to right, as they appear on the landscape.

Downtown and Grandview look positively Florentine in this light.

28 June 2010

Scarlet Geranium

No. 5219 - 21 Jun 2009 - 21:13:28

Self Aware

No. 1006 - 14 Jun 2010 - 12:05:24

Gastown, Vancouver

Today is the birthday of a woman who has positively impacted my life. She, along with a team of practitioners of the highest professional calibre, has assisted me to transform my 20 year history of illness, due to an unfortunate accident, forward into wellness. The best thing about a paradigm shift is the momentum it gives one to challenge and accomplish other shifts and rearrangements.

Click on the image and look into the middle where four small windows are set in a golden brick background; the two on the right are the studio from which I currently take 90% of my pictures.
It is notable to have the opportunity to look back at myself from the location of my recovery and as I move on to a new landscape. There is added significance in the background, which is my hometown, the City of North Vancouver.

I snapped this shot while waiting for an appointment with the person of the day. She is a fellow mid-Boomer; born in the Year of the Horse (like me and Jackie Chan). Happy birthday Dr, Donna. Regards.

27 June 2010

Diva Downtown

No. 0569 - 12 Jun 2010 - 21:36:34



Gastown, Vancouver

So ends the week of music at St. James' Anglican. The Sacred & Sassy event was a success and raised money for the eventual completion of the choir gallery renovation. Those souls who travel the city, visiting churches on Sunday mornings, in search of music and architecture should know that the choir is on summer break until September.

The images chosen for this post were taken at a recent church picnic at Portside Park and highlight the particular importance of music to this parish. The reason children can pull out violins at a picnic is due to the Saint James Music Academy which continues to offer music education in the neighbourhood. The music mission contributes to the over-all health and happiness of children as well as reminding the greater community that families live downtown.

26 June 2010


No. 0920 - 13 Jun 2010 - 20:37:30

Kite Kite

Nos. 0772, 0778, 0791, 0792 - 13 Jun 2010

25 June 2010




No. 6665 - 03 Apr 2010 - 23:33:38

Gastown, Vancouver

Haec dies by William Byrd is on the program for Sacred & Sassy tonight at 7:30 pm. It is a difficult piece of music to sing and will be no easier in front of an audience but nothing inspires like a challenge.

24 June 2010


No. 6666 - 03 Apr 2010 - 23:33:44

Stand In Shadow

No. 0317 - 25 Apr 2010 - 18:12:56

23 June 2010



Paris, Vancouver


Gastown, Vancouver

Paris & Sons were makers of men's work boots; built and sold on Hastings Street for decades. I know nothing about the condominium project named after the footwear company except that it is taking years to complete.

22 June 2010


No. 3548 - 22 June 2010 - 14:16:40

Gastown, Vancouver

On the other side of the glass is an empty church filled with the timbre of a pipe organ playing divinely complicated music courtesy of, Assistant Organist, Bruce McKenzie.

During our upcoming concert on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 7:30 pm, we will sing from the front of the church like most choirs although normally we sit high up in the gallery behind the congregation and in front of the organist back up to the windows which are featured in the previous post. The event is, in fact, a benefit to raise money for the choir gallery's completion. The dessert, cabaret, and silent auction portion of the program will be in the Bishop's Hall adjoining.

21 June 2010

Unstained Glass

No. 2529 - 04 March 2008 - 18:06:22

Gastown, Vancouver

Before I joined the choir at St. James' Anglican I took pictures of the building for its value as an architectural peculiarity and a neighbourhood artifact. One year later I would sit in the choir gallery, which lurks behind the window peaks, and look back out at Vancouver (the Provincial Law Courts to be precise). The image is a stranger to me now that I know what is behind the concrete and leaded glass; I feel differently looking back from the inside.


21 June 2009
Life thrives on a painted, concrete wall.

* Summer Solstice at 11:28 GMT.

20 June 2010


No. 8092 - 30 May 2010 - 17:06:38

Gastown, Vancouver

This week I shall shamelessly flog the upcoming concert SACRED & SASSY - from the church to the cabaret - 7:30 pm, Friday, June 25, 2010 at St. James' Anglican Church, 303 Cordova Street, Vancouver (604-685-2532).

The High Mass Choir of St. James' Anglican Church presents favourite works from its sacred repertoire, along with an assortment of lighter fare.

Dessert and a silent auction will round out an entertaining evening in support of the choir gallery project at St. James.

Tickets: $15 adults / $12 seniors / $10 students available from choir members or at the door.

The soprano pictured above is our own Ruth Greenaway-Robbins. If you know me and have indicated that you will attend this event you have no better reason than to come hear one of the professional singers who anchor and elaborate our little group into something, sometimes profound. I, like Ruth, have been transformed by music.

Come for the music, meet the people.

19 June 2010

Gated Geraniums

No. 0239 - 10 Jun 2010 - 16:48:24

18 June 2010

17 June 2010


No. 2807 - 04 Mar 2010 - 08:40:56

Business Colours

Time seems to pass more slowly in low light.

Gastown, Vancouver

The warmest and driest winter on record (2010) is followed by a cool, wet spring. In order to maintain a rain forest, with a fancy city on top of it, all things must be equal.

16 June 2010

Early Bird

No. 9989 - 08 Jun 2010 - 06:48:46

15 June 2010

A Quarter Past Four

No. 0472 - 12 Jun 2010 - 17:18:14

the clock is slow and the camera is fast
I missed the bus so was late for a date
now the computer is slow and my temper is fast
but patience prevails and the story is set

14 June 2010

Four Minutes Apart


Gastown, Vancouver

Four minutes is a long time in the presence of moving light.

13 June 2010

12 June 2010



No.0082 - 13 Oct 2007 - 18:57:03