Category: Environment

Wind power

December 31st, 2018 — The wind storm that hit Vancouver on December 20th did much worse damage on Salt Spring Island. Thousands of trees were knocked over including this one on Langs Road, a short stretch of pavement at the north end of St. Mary Lake, where more than 30 trees like it fell across power lines. I’ve been photographing root balls for more than 15 years and this is the largest I’ve come across. From the lowest point to the tip it’s three times my height at least. Considering the number of trees that fell it’s surprising more damage to homes didn’t occur but the number of near misses is staggering.

Updated: January 3, 2019 — 11:26 pm

Ocean Bounty

Ocean Bounty August 2nd, 1980 — Ocean Bounty, an offshore oil drilling platform being towed to Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island where where it was left anchored while undergoing an overhaul.

Ocean Bounty

Ocean Bounty

Updated: August 15, 2017 — 12:48 pm

Ship collision

September 25th, 1973 — People on Prospect Point watch the freighter Erawan being towed into Vancouver harbour after it was rammed by the freighter Sun Diamond on a clear night off Spanish Banks at three in the morning. The heavy oil that leaked from the ship’s ruptured fuel tank covered the West Vancouver shoreline from Ambleside Beach to Point Atkinson.

Updated: May 23, 2017 — 6:29 pm