Trying a new theme.

What do you think?

Well, this is pretty cool: Skwachàys Lodge

Skwachàys Lodge and Residence at 31 West Pender Street in Vancouver houses a fair trade gallery, boutique hotel and an urban Aboriginal artist residence. Owned and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), the facility provides 24 shelter rate apartments for Aboriginal people at risk of homelessness, and two social enterprises that support the Society’s mission and financial sustainability. The process started when Dave selected six Aboriginal artists to each create a vision and theme for three hotel suites. Then six interior design firms graciously donated their services to transform the artists’ visions into functional hotel suites.

I love so many things about the concept behind this hotel. You can see a CBC news story on it here.

Abstract (and not)

abstract seashore shapes

Well, the first one is quite  abstractish. Do you know what this is?

extreme closeup of seaweed

And the second one is somewhat abstract as well.

starfish arms

Ha! Nice graphic shapes, and it’s easier to see what it is. This is clearly taken on a jaunt to the seashore.

beached sandlance

As was this. The colours in the highlights on the scales are pretty amazing.

I haven’t a clue why sand lances seem to beach themselves like little miniature whales at this time of year, but they do. And if you scoop them up and toss them into the water they’ll head straight back onto land and start gasping.


new buds

I took this picture last week. This can’t be good, can it? I mean, if the weather goes back to normal winter freezing spells…

Oo, shiny!

When you see something new and cool does your monkey brain want to grab it? Or your inner jackdaw, or whatever it is? Mine does. But I think I must have at least two inner jackdaws, judging by my reactions recently, and they’re polar opposites in their desires.

Continue reading “Oo, shiny!”

Pale and pretty

white fawn lily

I haven’t seen them here before, but I believe this is a white fawn lily, Erythronium oregonum. There was a little glade of them by a trail.

Nature by Numbers

Among the things I (briefly) reference when teaching are the golden section and Fibonacci numbers, as they’ve a strong influence on historical and contemporary design practice. The math side of it tends to make people go cross-eyed, so I point out that nature provides plenty of beautiful examples of applied theory. This video from Eterea Studios expresses that beautifully!

Prospecting for gold

puddles on golden seaweed

Looks like I found it, doesn’t it?

But it’s really the effect of low late-day light and a touch of over-exposure in my settings. I’ve changed the overall setting to manual and every once in a while forget to make all the adjustments I need to, or the lighting in the wee monitor tricks me. Many more over- and under-exposed images, but some turn out interestingly, like this one.

It’s water puddled in the ripples on yellowish seaweed. Here’s another, but the puddles here have collected sand and the seaweed is brown.

puddles on brown seaweed

Horse clam siphons

clam siphon

I don’t usually get a chance to examine the siphons of horse clams in detail—I don’t know how they do it, but they seem to sense my approach and yank the siphons back under half the time. But for some reason, maybe because the tide was on its way back and in fact had almost reached it, this one wasn’t as shy. Water was gently pulsing at the end—there’s be a bulge of water, as in the first photo, then it would disappear, as in the second. I guess that enough water had returned to the sand to make it possible to use the siphon to respirate—certainly it looked like breathing.

clam siphon with less water

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