Poppp!

28 August 2018 – It’s a grey day, but grey with rain not wildfire smoke, so we are all relieved and grateful.

And, once again, on this latest visit to the VanDusen Botanical Garden, I am reminded how colours really pop against a luminous grey background.

The cypress knees so orange!

And the railing moss so green!

And the blue spruce so blue!

And the white birch so white!

And the Great Blue Heron so … well, all right, not exactly blue, but shimmering & regal as he poses in his very own lake (Heron Lake, VanDusen Botanical Garden), so I’m excited anyway.

And the Barred Owl so brightly barred! (Never mind excited, now I am awed. I drop my eyes & step back one submissive pace, as he stares at me.)

And the Sorry sign so Canadian!

I walk to the end anyway, as do a couple of bouncy young Millennials. We contemplate the entangled greenery and the pond bright with lily pads, down there at the end of the path.

Ms Millennial turns to her boyfriend. “Well,” she says, “it’s a very nice 100 metres.”

 

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  1. How lucky to see these birds. The colours are strong – a photography teacher once said to me that to photogaph in the rain brings out colours

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    • Yes, the herons are relatively common, but an owl sighting less so. They were happy to hear about the owl sighting back in the Visitor Centre as well.

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  2. Tom

     /  29 August 2018

    A gloomy day is often the best time to appreciate colours as the colours in the shadows are revealed.

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  3. That ending quote is hilarious. Yes, so Canadian, sorry to say. 🙂 (What luck to see the owl in broad daylight!).

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    • Oh… I don’t think there’s anything “sorry to say” about that so-Canadian remark! With the rising tide of astounding public vulgarity and disrespect now on display, at the highest political levels, I think we should cherish the simple virtues of politeness and consideration. (But yes! that barred owl was a thrill.)

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