Sunday, 31 March 2013

Seton Portage

Seton Portage is a small town between Pemberton and Lilloet, one major valley north of the main road.  It was a portage between Anderson and Seton Lakes on the route from the coast to the Interior during the Cariboo gold rush.  Seton Lake is glacier-fed, so it has that almost opaque turquoise colour that comes from finely ground rock dust.  Anderson Lake does not have glaciers, and is a clear dark greeny blue.  The estuary where the short river from Anderson Lake flows into Seton Lake is full of life, a lot of it just starting up again on a warm weekend at the end of March.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Granville Island

We had a Vancouver Urbansketchers meet-up at Granville Island today - about 10 people drawing amid the throngs on a nice spring day.  There was a lot going on in the space under the Granville bridge - people coming and going from shops and restaurants, a boat on stilts, a cement factory in the background, the colourful Aquabuses loading and unloading, and the top secret Canadian ICBM base (or maybe those are dock pilings?).  And a few colourful people and other passers-by below.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Haynes barn, Osoyoos

We spent a few days in the south Okanagan, tasting wine and watching the early spring migrants - western and mountain bluebirds were everywhere.  This barn dates to around 1900, and is currently being preserved as a wildlife reserve, because it's one of the few remaining buildings that are suitable for barn owls.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Mrs. Lum's garden centre

Lum's is our corner store - a vanishing feature in many neighbourhoods.  But this one has been there since 1911, or at least the building has, so hopefully it's not going away any time soon.  The Lum's also have a garden centre attached, an even rarer feature and probably a struggle to compete with the suburban mega-garden-stores.  But it is nice to know you can pop down to the corner store to pick up a ten-foot tall palm tree, if you need one.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Vancouver train station

We had the inaugural meeting of the Vancouver Urban Sketchers group today - thanks Sigrid!  About 15 of us met in the Vancouver train/bus station.  The timing was perfect, the first sunny day in Vancouver since, it seems, about 1919 when the station was built.  We could draw outside, which saved the conscientious security guard from facing the threat of people sketching the sensitive...customs booth?  Ticket stand?  McDonald's restaurant?