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Saltspring Island

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.

Surprise

October 15th, 2018 — When you spend a million plus for that perfectly situated waterfront cottage overlooking Samsun Narrows on Salt Spring Island the one thing you shouldn’t expect is that when it’s surveyed a good part of your property is actually on the roadway. Well, actually you should, because things were a little lax when many of these old cottages were built in the 1940’s. If the house burns down current zoning regulations might permit a tent with a porta pottie but certainly not a permanent structure. This cottage was surveyed so a new septic field could be installed.

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