Sunday, December 27, 2009

katzie in the fog and in the light


Texture, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

the Experience Music Project - Seattle WA

architecture by Thomas Ghery - what a beautiful, magnificent piece of art this building is !!

the ROO

the ROO, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

the Richmond Oval, one of the venues for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

sun and clouds and fog and rain

I *love* the sight of fog in the trees.

god spoke to the valley below

... but left out the little house on the hill

"Sit Walk Write - a Meditation on Presence"

pyramid reveal

pyramid reveal, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

view from the shore, in the morn after a walk and an early breakfast

high desert camper

high desert camper, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

happy to be here

saturday morning

saturday morning, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

looking north-west from inside of my tent. Those clouds never had a chance - they cleared out before 9am rolled around.

outstanding in the field

outstanding in the field, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

if I had to create a flag for my journeys, this would be it.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


illumination, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

drawn to the light, pulled towards an unknown horizon

silver play

silver play, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

the birds suddenly rose from Incinerator Beach and began to fly. I snapped a picture. what a gift!

button alley - buttons

button alley - buttons, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

the whimsy of Bamfield, BC on the outer Western edge of Vancouver Island

the streets are made of money

the whimsy of Bamfield, BC on the outer Western edge of Vancouver Island

Sunday, July 26, 2009


LIGHTNING, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

take THAT, Vancouver !!

If you click on the photo you will be redirected to my Flickr stream. Once there you can scroll down to see an animation of last night's storm.

it's raining

it's raining, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

After well over two weeks of sticky heat, the skies opened up tonight. Poor timing, as people are out and about for Illuminares, the Virgin Music Festival, the Mission Folk Music Festival and for the Vancouver Festival of Lights (fireworks). Pity the people who are sitting on the beach, hoping for a good viewing of tonight's firework festivities. With this thunder and lightning, opening up an umbrella is not an option.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

the road to aspen grove

the road to aspen grove, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

log pile, cloud

log pile, cloud, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

long exposure - night 2

long exposure - night 2, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

thunder knob and its lovely camp site

diablo lake reflections

diablo lake reflections, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

the reflections in the water were nearly perfect

the fierce north face of colonial

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

orange you beautiful

orange you beautiful, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

Tucked in the back of this 40 acre field was this row of glorious tulips.

The field may appear empty of people, but this is the area that was the most crowded with photographers - everyone so very polite too!

These tulips were just resplendent - bursting with life and with colour. This bunch was also the tallest in the field, and given the tulips' ripeness I know they will be the first to be cut.

I got them right in time!

tulips - seabird island

tulips - seabird island, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

It happened without much premeditation.

Last year in late March I took some night time photos of Vancouver - prior to Earth Hour, and on Earth Hour. I was pleased to see that many participated in that one-hour event, but there was a lot more conservation that could be done - during that one hour, and on that day.

Every day in fact.

That small exercise got me thinking. How could I conserve energy by taking small little steps to change my behavior?

I set a modest goal to conserve 5% of my energy usage over the course of the following 12 months. I examined the graph charting my previous year's energy usage, and saw an opportunity for conservation in the winter months - when my energy usage typically peaks. There are many ways to track progress - I chose to do so directly on my online account with BC Hydro, and by joining Team Power Smart

A year later I am rather surprised to see the results of my effort: I saved 50% of my energy usage by making small conscious changes:

- turning off the lights when I leave a room

- turning off the computer at the end of the day

- heating only the room that I am in, in the winter; and turning off the thermostat at night.

That was all I did.

On average this year, I used 5 KWh of energy a day, except in the winter when my usage bumped up to 7kWh a day. My monthly hydro electricity bills averaged about $15, about $20 in the winter. I only use electricity to heat my home..

I saved about $150 this past year on my hydro bills. What will I do with all this money? I am donating it to Covenant House (two blocks down the street from my home), a safe harbour for street kids living in Vancouver - there they can find a hot meal and a safe place to sleep.

Today, on Earth Day, I rejoice in the result that one year's of simple effort has brought. I am signing up for an additional year with Team Power Smart, with a goal of saving 10% over this previous year.

It should not be too hard to find an additional half a kWh or so to conserve every day.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

mist rising slowly over the rocks - Wickanninnish Beach

a restful spot - wild pacific trail

the glowing forest

the glowing forest, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

sunset the next evening

sunset the next evening, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

one last one

one last one, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

atwater market

atwater market, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

do you like fruit?

union pacific we will deliver

get away from my window

get away from my window, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

"The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver" ELBOW

Got to get out of TV.
Just pick
a point
and go.

The ticker tape tangles my feet
as I search
for a face
that I know.

Come on
tower crane driver.
There's not so far to go.

I must have been working the ropes
when your hand
slipped from mine.

Now I live off the mirrors and smoke.
It's a joke.
A fix. A lie.

Come on
tower crane driver.
Oh so far to fall.

Send up a prayer in my name.
Just the same. They
say I'm on top of my game.
Gentle gentle love.
Send up a prayer in my name.

this way

this way, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

LOST David Wagoner

Stand still.
The trees ahead and bushes beside you are not lost.
Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen.
It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

fiery other shore

fiery other shore, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

I wonder what these trees look like now - are they wearing their white winter robes? Or the tender green undergarments of spring?

diablo reflections

diablo reflections, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

I am returning there soon. I expect a lot less black, and a lot more white, when I shoot this view again.