One of the coolest things I came across on my wonders through Stanley Park in Vancouver was a fantastic collection of House Posts. There were eight Totem Poles in total of various sizes and designs. Carved house posts are used in traditional First Nations cedar houses to support the huge roof beams. This pole is a replica of a house post carved by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Charlie James in the early 1900s. Tony Hunt carved this replica in 1987 to replace the older pole now in the Vancouver Museum. This photograph shows just the very top of a much larger post.
Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver
Whilst much smaller than the Golden Gate Bridge this is probably one of the more picturesque suspension bridges in Canada. Opened in 1938 I think of it as Vancouver’s Golden Gate, though it isn’t the same colour. This photograph was taken from Brockton Point on the far east side of Stanley Park. I had spent the whole day walking along the 9 kilometre seawall around Stanley Park. Having seen the Lions Gate Bridge from almost every angle on the south side this is in my opinion the best view point. It is a shame that the clouds have been so low. On the other side of the bridge is the district of West Vancouver.
Science World Vancouver
At the end of False Creek in the heart of Vancouver is Science World. It was built for the World’s Fair Expo in 1986 and after renovations in 2010 for the Winter Olympics is one of the many iconic builds in Vancouver. The buildings in the background (behind the dome) are apartments and offices. I didn’t crop the white boat out of the frame as it seemed to balance the photograph and give the Science World a clearer sense of scale. This was taken on the one morning I had in the city with blue skies. It would be a great location to revisit at twilight but sadly on this visit it didn’t happen.
Walking along waterfront of Vancouver Harbour I came to this sculpture near the Vancouver Convention Centre. This was one of the first photographs I captured in Vancouver, Canada. After two weeks of cold but sunny weather whilst travelling up the west coast of the US, the city was foggy and overcast. Seeing this massive “Pixel Whale” I knew that it was time to get the camera out. Due to the low cloud and the black and white nature of this art it made sense to process the photograph in monochrome, it was practically black and white straight out of the camera anyway!