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

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival in Stanley Park, April 18 to 26

The beautiful cherry blossom season of 2020 is winding down, to be followed by the later parade of magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, and azaleas.

The ‘Takasago’ north of Rose Garden Lane continues to blossom in the last week of the festival.

The ‘Takasago’ north of Rose Garden Lane continues to be outstanding, whereas I went passed two ‘Rancho’ trees growing south of the Stanley Park Pavilion, and realized I had missed their blooming entirely.

I have enjoyed photographing, smelling, and learning about four more Prunus cultivars over the last ten days: ‘Kanzan’, ‘Gyoiko’, read more