Tibetan Singing Bowl

Randy Thompson wearing his Tibetan Singing Bowl (frame left) brought his hand made brass bowl into the Thrift Store recently for a photo opportunity and personal scrutiny. The bowl has a small buffer bag of Flax Seed which is placed on the apex of the head, then the bowl sits on the bag. Simple as that. The small mallet that Randy has in his hand is a felt covered, hard packed cotton wad that is used to strike the bowl, setting up a resonance that vibrates at a certain harmonious frequency that is good for well being. Antique singing bowls produce harmonic overtones creating an effect that is unique to the instrument. The subtle yet complex multiple harmonic frequencies are a special quality caused by variations in the shape of the hand made singing bowls.


This particular hand made bowl is an antique that Randy bought through a private source in Vancouver. Note the etching of a meditating man in the lotus position inside the bowl, with Tibetan symbols at the main Shakra points of the body. This bowl is about nine and a half inches in diameter, just the right size to fit over most adult heads. Some Singing bowls are decorated featuring religious iconography and spiritual motifs and symbols, such as the Tibetan mantra Om mani padme hum, images of Buddhas, and Ashtamangala (the eight auspicious Buddhist symbols).

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Death Took a holiday

The demise of the Continental Hotel located at 1390 Granville has finally resumed. Over the last three days, the last walls have been pulled down and the Splinters of wood have been separated from bricks and cement for easy recycling.

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ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-March11_2015_02D ContinentalHotel-1390Granville-March11_2015_01D Gone! The last thing to pull is the cement around the basement and foundation, then haul the garbage away. Say goodbye to the Continental Hotel!


Kitsilano – False Creek Construction

ConstructionKits-February26_1982_05D Looking southwest from Granville Island seawall at bare rocks and part of the construction site, Colorific Photo Lab in background.  Coming up on the 33 year anniversary of these photos (February 26, 1982)

ConstructionKits-February26_1982_06 Construction at False Creek, looking west from Granville Street Bridge toward Parkview Tower (background right), Molson Brewery (behind the crane near center), Seaforth  Armory, and Colorific Photo Laboratory (with the sideways V shaped painting on the building side a little to the left of center, behind the railway tracks – the  rail tracks lead to the Railway Repair Depot under Burrard Bridge)

ConstructionKits-February26_1982_01D Two gantry cranes, False Creek Construction and Granville Street Bridge in Background, from Kitsilano – All three of these photos were made  February 26, 1982.

Goose Hunting in Kelowna Park

Sometimes I like to go into Kelowna City Park just to see what wildlife can be found. As I stood near the retainer wall for the old aquatic center, a fellow walked by and asked me, “What are you looking to photograph?” I told him that occasionally I have seen eagles perched in the Poplar trees and sometimes an Osprey or two flying overhead, but there isn’t much happening right now.

“I’ll bet that I can find at least two Falcons,” he said with a smile. This is Dennis Ingram (Falconer) who is hired by the City of Kelowna to keep the city goose population under control. Hungry but tame perched upon David’s leather glove is a Falco Rusticolus (Gryfalcon) the largest of his Birds of Prey team. David brings his falcons and two Border Collie dogs into Kelowna’s parks on a daily basis to give them exercise and to work at keeping annoying geese frightened away from the beaches.

This large northern falcon is larger and more robust than its cousin, the Peregrine Falcon. It has a slightly broader tail and is more uniformly colored on chest, belly and underwings with a beautiful display of white and dark specks. In the Arctic, there are dark, gray, and white morphs that are not races but variations of color that occur in different times of the falcon’s growth. The Gyrfalcon is an irregular visitor to our region, and a rare visitor south of Oregon State in the USA.


Receiving a treat for a job well done, this young Falcon has just captured a dummy goose that swings at the end of a 12 foot rope secured to a 10 foot fiberglass pole. This special piece of equipment resembles a very large cat toy dangling from a fishing rod. If you look closely at the bird’s leg, you will see a small transmitter with a short aerial. The transmitter is used just in case the falcon decides to go on a goose chase so it won’t get lost. Dennis says that he takes out his falcons to fly almost every day and rewards his birds with a fresh meat treat when they capture the dummy goose. David points out that when the falcons are flying, the ducks and geese take to the water, making a good escape. Ingram also says that he doesn’t let his falcons capture any of the wild life, as they are only there to keep things under control. For the past 4 years Dennis Ingram has worked joyfully with the City of Kelowna as Goose and Duck control in our parks. He and his falcons are keeping the resident fowl at bay, helping to make sure folks don’t have to walk along paths that are laden with bird droppings.

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Construction of BC Place Stadium

Photos from February 26, 1982. As Viewed from Cambie Street Bridge, and Dunsmuir Viaduct. We called it the Bennett Burger after it was completed because of the shape and roundness of the vinyl/Teflon top and the fact Bennett was the government official that approved funding and it’s building. I’m not sure that I really approved of it at the time, but I did appreciate the complexity of the structure as it grew from the ground up in all of it’s angled facets of stairs that seemed to reach for the sky. It’s a unique building, much as the Geodesic Dome that was created for EXPO 86.

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Construction of the stadium started in 1981 and was completed in 1983. BC Place was built as part of the preparations for the 1986 World’s Fair, Expo 86. The stadium was the world’s largest air-supported domed stadium until May 4, 2010 when it was deflated for the last time in preparation for the erection of its new retractable roof. Its original air-supported design was similar to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota which was home to the Minnesota Vikings National Football League team. BC-PlaceStadium-February16_1981_BW04D Construction-BCPlace-February16_1982_01D

At the time I photographed the construction in Vancouver, I don’t think I was thinking about prosperity or the future, it was more about practicing my art of photography and documenting things of interest. Buildings and bridges won’t run away when you photograph them. They just stand there, stunned with disbelief.

The Pier Before Canada Place – Navy History

The ships at Canada Place Pier are, back to front:

#264 – Qu Appelle – built in Davie Shipbuilding and Repairs – Laid down January 1960 – Launched May 02, 1962 – Completed September 14, 1963 – Destroyer Escort.

(A product of the Davie Shipbuilding Co., Lauzon, Qu’Appelle was commissioned on 14 Sep 1963, becoming a unit of Pacific Command the following spring. She was unique of her class, being fitted with a 3″50 calibre gun forward since the intended 3″70 calibre weapon was unavailable. On 28 Aug 1972, in company with Gatineau and Provider, she left Esquimalt on a four-month south Pacific cruise during which exercises were carried out with units of the Australian, New Zealand and U.S. navies. Qu’Appelle’s DELEX refit was carried out between 25 May 1983 and 13 Jan 1984 by Burrard Yarrow at CFB Esquimalt. In the summer of 1986, with Yukon and Saskatchewan, she returned to Australia to attend ceremonies marking the 75th birthday of that country’s navy. She was paid off on 31 Jul 1992 and sold in 1994 to a Chinese firm for $165,000.00 for breaking up.)

#262 – Saskatchewan – built in Victoria Machinery And Yarrows – Laid down in July 1959 – Launched February 1, 1961 – Completed February 16, 1963.

(Built by Victoria Machinery Depot and completed by Yarrows at Esquimalt, Saskatchewan was commissioned on 16 Feb 1963, following which, from Jun to Oct 1963, she was based at Halifax. In Oct 1963, Bonaventure, Algonquin, Cayuga, Micmac and Saskatchewan took part in a NATO exercise in which all participating ships were battered by a severe North Atlantic storm. She then returned west until Feb 1970, when she sailed to Halifax with the erstwhile crew of Kootenay, relieving Nipigon as flagship of SNFL that summer, but returned to the Pacific in 1973. She was given her DELEX refit at Burrard Yarrow Inc., Esquimalt, between 27 May 1985 and 17 Jun 1986. That fall Saskatchewan was part of a Canadian squadron that visited Australia for the RAN’s 75th Anniversary celebrations. In her final years, Saskatchewan was a member of Training Group Pacific, instructing officer cadets in ship handling, navigation and marine engineering. On 17 Mar 1994, barely six weeks before she was paid off, Saskatchewan lost two crew members, Slt N.P. Schiele and AB S.J. Schreurs, in a diving accident in Shoal Channel, Howe Sound. Saskatchewan was paid off on 01 Apr 1994, purchased by the Artificial Reef Society of B.C. and sunk on 14 Jun 1997, near Nanaimo.)

Anti-submarine Frigate type – Destroyer Escort

Another Destroyer Escort beside #262 about the same vintage. Two Coastal Mine Sweepers beside # 264.

-Ships at Dock in the pier before Canada Place, February 6, 1981 – Canadian Navy.

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I think the photo looks better in black and white.

Blast from the Past – Jane Harding – Total Records

I’ve recently been going through old photos from the early 1980s – as a fledgling photojournalist there were many encounters with lovely people that I’m sure I didn’t appreciate  or showed my appreciation at the time. It was a matter of fact… I shot first, then asked questions later.

Now as I look back, scanning and reworking these photos. I do appreciate. This photo you see below, is Jane Harding, standing in front of her parents record store on Granville Street. The Store is Square Records, or Total Records Company, and one of my first regular jobs as a photojournalist.

The store is long gone, Connie and Ralf closed in in 1983 I think, but the company still goes on. One of my first sold images is of Randy Raine-Reusch photographed for  a Sound Effects album of Unique and Rare Musical Instruments. I first met Randy during recording sessions with Melodic Energy Commission back in 1981.  In those days I worked closely with the band, creating images for a new album cover. Randy was a guest musician, playing the Glass Harmonica, Dulcimer and various other instruments that added unique and interesting sounds on tracks for the Band.

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Science World Construction

As I enjoy photographing construction sites and demolitions, I looked through some old photos to find this 1984 photo od the Science World Construction (Pre-EXPO 86 )

GeodessicDomeSeptember19_1984_01D Construction-ScienceWorld-1984_01D September 14, 1984 photo as Vancouver anticipated the EXPO 86 celebration – I rode my bike around town photographing the construction as it happened from viaducts and nearby streets, getting as close to everything as I could.

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