along the Fraser River
Walking along the North Arm of the Fraser River, we were taking advantage of some sunny moments today, snatched between rain storms with damaging winds. Although it is such a busy river, full of human enterprises of all kinds, as you can see from the pictures of the rafts of logs, it has it's peaceful aspects, as well: ducks napping on floating logs near the shore, the symmetry of piers reflected in the water, trees and lawns and plantings along its banks, and paths for runners, walkers and their dogs...
Yesterday was a rainy day and a lot of damage was done by the winds to trees in many locations in the Vancouver area. While I have never actually been to Vancouver without having rain as well, I don't think it has rained sideways quite as much on any previous trip...An errand downtown took us to Denman & Georgia, just east of Stanley Park, where police were blocking the entrance to the Lions Gate Bridge Road. The reason, we found out, was the large number of branches and trees that had been knocked down throughout the park by the winds overnight.
On a residential street close to my parents' home, a large monkey puzzle tree is green only at the very top. Damage from the recent freak cold and snow (out of the normal experience of weather in Vancouver)? I was relieved to see, on another street, a smaller monkey puzzle tree, still green and thriving.