August 2011 Archives

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Eros Bendato Scrippolato by Igor Mitoraj is part of the Biennale art in public spaces project in Vancouver. This piece stares out from Yaletown Park.
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Farmland Trail

This horse and plough sculpture made me stop on my homeward cycling journey yesterday. It's on the newly extended trail just west of Derby Reach Park that snakes its way beside small farms. It was a good place to stop...the blackberry picking was excellent.
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Artifact or Artifiction

What's the story of this chair from the collection at the Royal B.C. Museum? Find out after 12:30 pm today when we play Artifact or Artifiction.

ANSWER: The first governor of the colony of British Columbia, James Douglas died while sitting in this chair surrounded by his family and Dr John Helmcken.  August 2, 1877, at age 73.
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Claire's four-and-a-half-finger-forecast

I asked CBC meteorologost Claire Martin to show me the number of fingers that represent sunny days ahead: make that four-and-a-half. Get thee to a beach, and don't forget the sunscreen.
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Jack's Memorial



Jack Layton RIP. Steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery. 
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JouTou featured at today's Musical Nooner

CBC's Musical Nooner series continues with JouTou seen here rehearsing for today's performance. This is World Music that truly hops around the planet: French to Asian, Quebecois to North African. Pack a lunch and join us each lunch hour at Hamilton and Georgia Streets.
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Harrison Lake

Most afternoons the wind kicks up at Harrison Lake, and it's not long before you see kite surfers skimming across the water. Runoff from Mount Breckenridge turns the water this lovely turquoise.
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Crossing the Pitt


I seem to have been seduced by a water theme -- this is the morning crossing of the Pitt River from aboard the West Coast Express. It has a different mood each day...something like the commuters.
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Boy with summer dreams

This lad was casting his line last night at Edgewater Bar, Derby Reach Regional Park. This is a popular fishing and picnic spot in the Fraser Valley. It's also near where the first capital of the mainland colony of B.C. was supposed to be, but it was moved across the river to New Westminster for better protection from possible invaders to the south.
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Fraser River morning

Cooler mornings bring hints of mist over the water. Golden Ears in the background. 
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Backyard Bounty

These candy cane beets are as sweet as they look. Our backyard garden is starting to finally produce after a slow start. This fall B.C. Almanac will be bring you a special series on B.C.'s bounty with a Thanksgiving twist.
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Sweet Jubilee corn is finally here. This stand is just off the TransCanada Highway at Agassiz. It's been a tough year for the corn growers as a cool, wet spring delayed planting time. I'll be taste-testing tonight.
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What's in a name?

We talked about the origins of street names today (the town of Oliver is re-naming its grid system). Hamilton St, where CBC is situated, is named after CPR surveyor Lauchlan Hamilton who actually named the street after himself (chef's privilege). The Silk Road walking route to historic Chinatown starts right across the street at Library Square.
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Mason bee at work

This mason bee was working on the echinacea plant in our backyard last night. I've moved the mbee condo to a muddier part of the yard with the hopes of attracting more next year.  
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Big steel rails

 Gonna carry me home to the one I love. (Gordon Lightfoot) Last light, just west of Clayburn Village in Abbotsford.
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Fraser River sockeye opening

Sockeye is coming to a late near you. The first commercial opening on Fraser River sockeye is happening tomorrow. Runs are also stronger than expected on the Central Coast, where the first fishery is about 15 years was conducted. Barclay Sound and Skeena runs are looking good too. The total Fraser River run is expected to be between 3 and 4 million -- nothing like last year's historic high of 30 million sockeye.
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Horne Lake Caves

Not the most flattering of shots - but fun to take at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. First things noticed upon entering: silence, pitch black surroundings and cool, damp (8 degrees) air. There are three caves to explore -- two can be visited solo, or join a guided tour of the largest cave. Don't forget the flashlight.
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Beneath the Bridge

Today's cycle across the Golden Ears Bridge to the West Coast Express included a brief stop on the Maple Ridge side. This view is looking north, where fishing boats await sockeye and tugs are ready for the next job.
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Time & erosion

I'm just back from holidays, and some B.C. road-tripping. These copper tones that seems to flow right out of the hillside north of Cache Creek always stop me in my tracks. The Cannings/Nelson book on B.C. geology says these are known as the Bonaparte Gossan. "Gossan" is a Cornish miners' word used to describe the iron stained zones.