…stand tall…

hollowtreeA full-scale replica of Stanley Park’s famed Hollow Tree to be known as “Golden Tree” will be installed near a new high rise development on the Cambie corridor in 2015. It will be an artwork clearly visible from Skytrain just before it heads underground enroute from Vancouver airport to downtown Vancouver.

“The 43-foot gold-finished sculpture – the Golden Tree – will be set against a large-scale image of the Stanley Park forest. The real Hollow Tree, badly damaged in a 2006 windstorm, was slated for removal but after much outcry, was stabilized with funding from private donors.”

Cheers to 800 year old western red cedar in Vancouver’s Stanley Park!…

It seems well known and long time published Time magazine must have time on their hands! A recent article has researched the most “selfie” cities of the world. Yes, that’s right, those cities where the “narcissistic tendency to take photos of yourself and share them is the strongest.”

Two Canadian cities made the list of the top 100! Surprisingly, they are Victoria & Edmonton “which ranked 81 and 98 on the list with 34 and 30 selfies per 100,000 people.”

Tops on the list you ask??—that was Makati City, the financial centre of the Philippines…”Ever since Oxford Dictionaries named “selfie” as the word of the year for 2013 (literally defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website”) the photo phenomenon has become a hot topic of study.”

First Nations heritage is alive and standing tall in our community. One doesn’t have to look far in the Lower Mainland to see red cedar totem poles in a wide variety of styles gracing parks and public spaces too.

Cheers to a fine Thursday with a strong, solid sense of self…..stand tall in it!…

Trees of the fragrant forest,
With leaves of green unfurled,
Through summer’s heat, through winter’s cold,
What do you do for our world?

Our green leaves catch the raindrops
That fall with soothing sound.
Then drop them slowly, slowly down,
Tis better for the ground.

When, rushing down the hillside,
A mighty fresher foams,
Our giants trunks and spreading roots
Defend your happy homes.

From burning heat in summer
We offer cool retreat,
Protect the land in winter storm
From cold, and wind and sleet.

Our falling leaves in autumn
By breezes turned and tossed,
Will rake a deep sponge-carpet warm,
Which saves the ground from frost.

We give you pulp for paper,
Our fuel gives you heat;
We furnish lumber for your homes,
And nuts and fruit to eat.

With strong and graceful outline,
With branches green and bare,
We fill the land through all the year,
With beauty everywhere.

So Listen! From the forest
Each one a message sends
To children this Arbor Day;
“We trees are your best friends!”

What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants the friend of sun and sky;
He plants the flag of breezes free;
The shaft of beauty, towering high;
He plants a home to heaven anigh
For song and mother-croon of bird
In hushed and happy twilight heard –
The treble of heaven’s harmony
These things he plants who plants a tree.
– Henry Cuyler Bunner, The Heart of the Tree


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