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Aerial Photograph - Above British Columbia

Aerial Photograph - Above British Columbia

Raising the “Legacy Pole” on Haida Gwaii.  Bruce Kirkby for The New York Times

Carving the Legacy Pole. 

Bruce Kirkby for The New York Times

The ocean grew choppy and storm clouds darkened the southern sky as we paddled the final miles toward an abandoned Haida village site at the heart of a wedge-shaped archipelago 175 miles in length, 70 miles off the northwest coast of British Columbia. Until recently, this remote chain of islands was known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, but three years ago, the Haida Nation returned that colonial name to the provincial government, in a ceremony using the same style of bentwood box that once housed the remains of the dead. The place is now Haida Gwaii (pronounced HI-duh GWY) — Islands of the People — both officially and, unquestionably, in spirit.

There is an even older Haida name for this archipelago, which roughly translates to “Islands Emerging From (Supernatural) Concealment.” It is an apt moniker. On these craggy islets — perched on the edge of the continental shelf and pressed against the howling eternity of the Pacific — life exists on such a ferociously lavish scale that myth and dreams routinely mingle with reality.

FULL ARTICLE:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/travel/raising-a-pole-on-the-islands-of-the-people.html?_r=0

Solo Tree in a British Columbia lake

Solo Tree in a British Columbia lake

Purple Sea Star - Vancouver Island

Purple Sea Star - Vancouver Island

Capilano Bridge
The bridge is suspended over the river Capilano in Vancouver, Canada. The bridge is 136 meters and is situated at a height of 70 meters. The bridge was built in 1889 by Scottish engineer George McCain.

Capilano Bridge

The bridge is suspended over the river Capilano in Vancouver, Canada. The bridge is 136 meters and is situated at a height of 70 meters. The bridge was built in 1889 by Scottish engineer George McCain.

Steller’s Jay, Dar’s Garden, Port Moody, British Columbia ~ by Alan D. W.

Steller’s Jay, Dar’s Garden, Port Moody, British Columbia ~ by Alan D. W.

Haida pipe collected from the Tahltanca. 1820–1830British Columbia, CanadaWood, ivory, pitch, metal

Haida pipe collected from the Tahltan
ca. 1820–1830
British Columbia, Canada
Wood, ivory, pitch, metal

The Old Hen’s Roost - Kaslo, BC, Canada
individual cabins along the lake front - what a beautiful place to retreat from it all

The Old Hen’s Roost - Kaslo, BC, Canada

individual cabins along the lake front - what a beautiful place to retreat from it all

The Empress Hotel - Victoria, BC, Canada
wikipedia photo cc

The Empress Hotel - Victoria, BC, Canada

wikipedia photo cc


Young kermode bear at the foot of a western red cedar - British Columbia - Paul Nicklen - NAT GEO
The Kermode bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as a “spirit bear" (particularly to the Native tribes of  Alaska), is a subspecies of the American Black Bear living in the central and north coast of British Columbia, Canada. It is noted for about 1/10 of their population having white or cream-coloured coats. This colour morph is due to a recessive allele common in the population. They are not albinos and not any more related to polar bears or the ”blonde” brown bears of Alaska’s “ABC Islands" than other members of their species.

Range map of the American Black Bear (Ursus Am...

Young kermode bear at the foot of a western red cedar - British Columbia - Paul Nicklen - NAT GEO

The Kermode bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as a “spirit bear" (particularly to the Native tribes of  Alaska), is a subspecies of the American Black Bear living in the central and north coast of British ColumbiaCanada. It is noted for about 1/10 of their population having white or cream-coloured coats. This colour morph is due to a recessive allele common in the population. They are not albinos and not any more related to polar bears or the ”blonde” brown bears of Alaska’s “ABC Islands" than other members of their species.

Spotted Lake, located in British Columbia, Canada. (Unusual Landscapes) Throughout the year, the lake changes color, but in the dry season form numerous pools of water in white, green and yellow.

Spotted Lake, located in British Columbia, Canada. (Unusual Landscapes) Throughout the year, the lake changes color, but in the dry season form numerous pools of water in white, green and yellow.

Green Anemone, Vancouver Island - Photo by Jens Troeger

Green Anemone, Vancouver Island - Photo by Jens Troeger

Vancouver Pears

Vancouver Pears

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Stairway at the Butchart Gardens
The Butchart Gardens is a group of floral display gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada, near Victoria on Vancouver Island which claims to receive more than a million visitors each year.

Stairway at the Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens is a group of floral display gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada, near Victoria on Vancouver Island which claims to receive more than a million visitors each year.

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USA beats the Canadians at their game, hockey?!

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 16:  Dustin Brown of ...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

US may need armed guards for the rest of their stay at the games.   We stole their thunder.

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