Symbol City

3 March 2017 — Just a selection of symbols from my own list-to-date, you understand. Images that snag my Toronto eyes; make me exclaim, with delight, “Ohhh, that is so Vancouver!”

Vancouver is trees.

Moss on tree trunks, in the rain …

typical tree trunk, on a residential Mount Pleasant street

palm trees, out there alive-alive-0 in mid-winter …

W. Broadway near Granville

fir trees on industrial wall murals …

detail, an Industrial Flats mural

and tree stump art.

one of two, in front of Telus World of Science, Main St.

Vancouver is people.

First Nations …

Main St., just north of Terminal Av.

Asian …

a shop nr E 15th & Fraser

and everyone.

"Human Structure," by Jonathan Borofsky, Southeast False Creek

Vancouver is pop-up community gardens, in boxes that can move on to the next site …

close to the Cambie Bridge

and clouds on mountains …

North Van, from the Industrial Flats nr Main St.

and clouds all over the sky.

top, with solar panels, of the Solar Bike Tree outside Telus World of Science

Vancouver is Cloud City …

a mural in Industrial Flats

and Rain City …

W. Broadway between Granville & Cambie

and Every Weather City.

truck in Main St. parking lot

With a scoop of ice cream!


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  1. Mary C

     /  3 March 2017

    ice cream goes with everything!

  2. I’m always excited to see one of your posts! I know there’s always going to be a great variety of photos (including street art, which I always love), as well as a few quirky finds. I enjoyed this post as always. (And now I’m hungry for some ice cream!)

  3. A lovely way to summarise a city. Maybe I’ll steal the approach to encapsulate Warsaw as I pack up my year here. May I?

  4. But of course! I’d be honoured. What a daunting — daunting, poignant, loving — project, to encapsulate the year of such intense experience. Enjoy it.

  5. Thank you.

  6. It’s. wonderful city Penny! 😀

  7. Your blog is inspiring! I like your theme of symbols and how you found such great examples. Wonderful photography too!

    • In turn, I am grateful to people who take time to comment, people like you! You inspire me to do more, notice more, enjoy more…

  8. Love it! You are great! Such lovely stories you write for even the most little things

  9. Haven’t been there for so long. Love your way!

  10. Take me back to Vancouver!

  11. Great to see some of the local Vancouver sites here! Thanks for sharing your experience of Vancouver 🙂

  12. so nice shooot !!! i like that

  13. Entertaining and informative post. Loved it!

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