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Legacy of Trees receives an Honourable Mention award

See the smart new sticker in the top left corner of the cover of my book, Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park? Last night, my story of the trees of Stanley Park received an Honourable Mention in the 2020 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Writing Awards. What a delight.

This Honourable Mention award was announced at the BC Historical Federation’s Gala last evening, June 5, an online event. People wore party hats, sported images of fireworks behind read more

Canada’s History Magazine Features Legacy of Trees

The April/May 2021 issue of Canada’s History features a description of Legacy of Trees on page 61 in the book section. This magazine began life a hundred years ago as The Beaver: A Journal of Progress. It is created by Canada’s History Society and supported by the Hudson’s Bay Company History Foundation.

The half page on Legacy of Trees is titled “Vibrant Forest” and displays two black-and-white photographs from Stanley Park’s early days: the one is read more

Creating a Cherry Blossom Walk and Talk

I met up with Keith Blackmore and Kuni Iwato beside a row of young, blooming Prunus ‘Akebono’ trees on Lagoon Drive, south of Stanley Park, early on Thursday, April 8. We had a four-location agenda to film cherry blossoms that morning.

Prunus ‘Akebono’ blooming on Lagoon Drive

It all began this way. Wendy Cutler, Cherry Scout Coordinator with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF), emailed me with a question. “Do you want to be filmed doing a Stanley Park cherry walk?” She provided more details about Keith–he’s read more

Nature Vancouver’s Photography Contest

I was truly grateful to have two of the ten photographs I submitted to Nature Vancouver’s 2021 Photography Content win second prizes. Well, I don’t think there’s an actual prize–it’s just the honour of the whole thing.

This one of a fly on a toadstool took second place in the Entomology and Spiders category. Ron Long, judge, described the photo as “visually very appealing,” which I certainly find encouraging.

I took this image on the one day of snow we had read more