Vancouver Street Peek


Through the lens of my husband’s camera, a peek into summer streets of Vancouver –

More Vancouver streets at – https://www.flickr.com/photos/15574096@N00/

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What You Can’t Do In Vancouver B.C.


What can’t you do in Vancouver B.C.? Off the top of my head in no particular order, a list of Vancouver facts to ponder –

1 – Buy a detached home anywhere in the city for under a million dollars. This 2 bedroom, 1 bath bungalow built in 1946 is listed at $1,189,000.

2 – Purchase a cat, dog or rabbit from pet stores. Last week city council voted unanimously in favor of the ban, citing a means to curb unscrupulous puppy mills. ( Unrelated, but while on the subject of animals – since 2011 Vancouver households can keep up to 4 backyard chickens, but no roosters, turkeys, ducks or geese. And absolutely no backyard slaughtering or sale of manure. )

Experts say when animals are sold in retail stores it can be difficult to assess the breeding conditions.

3 – Smoke a cigarette in city parks or at the beach.

4 – Exercise as a group in city parks without a permit. No impromptu outdoor yoga, Tai Chi, swing dancing or cross fit without prior approval.

In Vancouver's Dude Chilling Park — also known as Guelph Park, in Mount Pleasant — a yoga group has held daily by-donation classes for several years, as shown in this aerial drone photograph showing them practicing.

5 – Purchase alcohol for off-site consumption after 11 pm, or buy liquor at a grocery store.

6 – Be in possession of or offer fireworks for sale other than between October 24 and November 1. Anyone wanting to purchase fireworks must produce a permit obtained after passing an online safety quiz.

7 – Rely on public transportation to make your way home from the bar. Train service shuts down between roughly 1:30 and 5 am. Clubs on Granville Street in the downtown entertainment district serve patrons until 3 am, an hour later than 2 am shutters mandated establishments outside the district. Not that it makes a difference, either way public transit is limited to several woefully inadequate bus routes.

8 – Remove any tree measuring 20 cm circumference at 1.4 meters above ground without a permit. Application for removable must be approved by an arborist, verified by utility companies as a risk or fall into a strident category of other considerations. Fines are steep and justice swift, Vancouver takes trees seriously.

9 – Wood burning fireplaces are banned in new home construction. Additionally, all new construction must be wheelchair accessible and electric car charging station equipped.

 

Vancouver Faces, Dark Spaces


Two distinct photographic galleries shot by my husband. Vancouver faces, followed by dark spaces –

Dark spaces –

Explore more at – https://www.flickr.com/photos/15574096@N00/

Several weeks ago Literary Orphans, a Chicago based indie art/literary site asked permission to use his work as “featured artist” of the month. Several friends thought I wrote his introduction ( which I didn’t, but it echoes my sentiments to the letter )

“Thomas H’s photographs are deliberate and intentional. Each image opens up into a fantastic story of it’s own, painting a scene–a setting for a story to take place in. It makes you question and wonder and ponder the thought behind the lens. It’s impossible to view Thomas H’s work and not to take in the beauty of these vivid settings; be it a the serenity of a lush forest, or the personality of a painting balancing preposterously on a bench. Many of Thomas H’s photos portray instances and moments that immediately make you look for more–a man sneaking a drag from a cigarette outside on a bench, a station wagon on the side of the road with an open door. These photographs capture the sense of someone roaming the world they inhabit, finding the magic that others overlook.”

Link to Literary Orphans below –

http://www.literaryorphans.org/playdb/featured-artist-thomas-h/