January 15th, 2019 — Oil slick around small boats moored next to the causeway onto Granville Island.
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.
September 16th, 2014 — Clearcut logging on the road between Port Renfrew and Lake Cowichan.
May 27th, 2007 — Dyke Road east of #6 Road on the Fraser River in Richmond showing garbage dumped as fill behind the dyke.
April 22nd, 2012 — Root Ball of a tree knocked over from the wind in Pacific Spirit Park,
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.
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.
April 30th, 2017 — This house at 362 West King Edward Avenue is about to be demolished along with five other houses in the block and replaced with a condominium. It’s a perfectly good house built in the last 15 years and assessed, if neighbouring houses are any indication, for over $4 million dollars. Below is what the house looked like in Google Street View in 2016.
A few houses to the east is 312 West King Edward Avenue. Below is what it looked like as of 2016 …
… and this is what it looks like today.
The entire block, courtesy of Google, looked like this in 2016.
April 14th, 2017 — Two large trees on city property next to a construction site at 34th Avenue and Carnarvon Street in Vancouver’s westside were cut down just before the Easter weekend. There’s no outside indication the trees were dead or diseased. According to city hall, however, the trees had become unstable and dangerous because of extreme root damage which occured during construction of the house in the background. The fine to the builder could be tens of thousands of dollars per tree but in a new five million dollar home that’s peanuts.
March 22nd, 2017 — Above is what much of the Arbutus Corridor looked like in 2010 when still owned by the CPR but coveted by the city of Vancouver and its residents. Last year the city after much negotiation bought the corridor and renamed it the Arbutus Greenway. Below is what it is being turned into; another paved road between two other paved roads.