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on Howe Sound

A couple of days ago, on Monday, we went out to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, where there is a ferry terminal servicing the islands and the Sunshine Coast. One of our favourite seafood restaurants, where we had lunch... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/02/2013 | 16 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Environment

 

fossil hunting 3

Pareiasaurs: reptile, herbivore, possibly an early relation to turtles Alligator: Alberta, Canada A few more photos from that most memorable long ago visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta. If you missed them, please see Part 1 and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/07/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Environment, Nature, Photoworks, Rocks

 

fossil hunting 2

More photos from that long ago visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta. Unlike most of the photos I'd taken there, two here captured some information - the third photo shows a nothosaur, and the last one a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/07/2012 | 4 comments
themes: Environment, Nature, Photoworks, Rocks

 

fossil hunting

I came across an envelope of photographs, yes, the print kind, taken in the amazing Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta in 1999. I had written about this exciting trip a few years ago, along with some photos - please... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/06/2012 | 12 comments
themes: Environment, Nature, Photoworks, Rocks

 

demolition

Two days ago we became quite distracted by the demolition of a house next door, spending much of the day watching... no, gawking out the window and taking photographs. We were most impressed by the skill of the operator... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/01/2012 | 17 comments
themes: Current Events, Environment

 

the beauty of pollination

A friend sent me the link to this exquisitely beautiful time lapse video. At the end I learned that it comes from a TED talks presentation by filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg: Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth, but largely... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/11/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Environment, Films, Other artists, Photography

 

green globe

from the kitchen... a world in a vegetable...... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/10/2011 | 23 comments
themes: Environment, Nature, Photoworks

 

Beaty Biodiversity Museum - 7

These images of fossils are just a sampling from the vast and rich Fossil Collection at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. I have a peculiar fondness for these so I think they make a nice finishing touch to this photo... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/04/2011 | 10 comments
themes: Environment, Nature, Photoworks

 

Beaty Biodiversity Museum - 6

Next in our walk through the Beaty came the sections with small animals and birds in their skins with fur or feathers that are laid down in rows upon rows on shelves inside glass-doored display cabinets. I found these... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/04/2011 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Environment, Nature, Photoworks

 

Beaty Biodiversity Museum - 5

More from Vancouver's Beaty Biodiversity Museum. This particular section of big cases of gorgeous animals such as the crocodile, the African buffalo in the middle, and, sorry I can't read the label, another handsome African big curly-horned creature, made... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/04/2011 | 4 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Environment, Nature, Photoworks

 

Beaty Biodiversity Museum - 4


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Marja-Leena | 01/04/2011 | 5 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Environment, Nature, Photoworks

 

Beaty Biodiversity Museum - 2

Here are some closer detail shots of the massive Blue Whale at the Beaty that I could not resist sharing. Looking at the image of the bones in a human hand, isn't it astonishing how similar they are to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/03/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Environment, Human, Nature, Photoworks

 

Beaty Biodiversity Museum - 1

One day last week, we made our first visit to Vancouver's new Beaty Biodiversity Museum, located on the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC). A teaching and research facility, the museum is now able to showcase UBC's... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/03/2011 | 11 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Environment, History, Nature, Photoworks

 

hope and optimism

sleepless for hours last night, with churning thoughts and emotions, including despair and anger and tears, over the tragedies in Japan as well as the messages in the Suzuki film (see previous post) sitting in the dark with only... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/03/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Current Events, Environment

 

forces of nature

I've been struggling to put words together, more than is usual even for me, about the horrific events in Japan, all that devastation caused not just by a powerful earthquake in a country that has them so frequently but... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/03/2011 | 10 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Current Events, Environment, Films

 

Canada in Copenhagen

Taking a break now and then from posting pretty frost pictures and writing Christmas letters, I've been checking into reality: the news on the Copenhagen Climate Summit. Others have been far more eloquent than I could ever be, so... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/12/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Current Events, Environment

 

home fires burning

Thanks to Erika for posting my video onto her Flickr account! The past few days we've been without home heating, that is, a central heating system we take for granted in most homes in the developed world. Ours is... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/11/2009 | 14 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Current Events, Environment, Home, Music

 

new David Suzuki Foundation website

I'm claiming bragging rights and motherly pride in sharing news about what our daughter Erika has been working on for many months. Now launched, it's the new website for the David Suzuki Foundation! It's still a work in progress, she... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/11/2009 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Environment

 

'ecological footprint' author

I've been poking about the net looking for information on Bowen Island, just off the coast of Vancouver. In all these years that we've lived in the Vancouver area, we've never visited it. Now I'm eager to find out... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/08/2009 | 5 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Concepts, Environment

 

Film: Recipes for Disaster

If you live in the Vancouver area, you will want to see this important film: On April 16, view the third and final film of DOXA's Documentary Film Series in the lead-up to our May festival. Recipes for Disaster follows... [Continue Reading...]

Save the Planet: Stop Harper

I feel passionately that the current elections in Canada and USA are one of the most critical in our lifetime. Against previous promises to myself not to talk about politics on this blog, I have already posted one long piece... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/10/2008 | 4 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Current Events, Environment

 

a low-carb diet

Thanks to an email alert from the local Finnish community, last night my husband and I enjoyed an interesting creative documentary film on CBC Newsworld's Passionate Eye : RECIPES FOR DISASTER, a Millennium Film of Finland production, directed by John... [Continue Reading...]

the artist and the environment

I've been thinking about what I could contribute to the world wide discussion raised today with Blog Action Day. I decided to talk about my behaviour as an artist as well as a homemaker. As an artist concerned for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/10/2007 | 17 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Environment

 

oil spill

For over a week now, we've been appalled over an environmental disaster that occurred in the Greater Vancouver area. Last Tuesday, July 24th, there was a huge oil spill in Burnaby, a suburb just east of Vancouver, on the south... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/07/2007 | 12 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Current Events, Environment

 

earth day

Happy Earth Day, every day! Do you realize that the environmental movement has been around for many decades? It has had its ups and downs in support, but it seems to me that this year there is a greater... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/04/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Current Events, Environment

 

diversions

I've recently come across some great links on a couple of interesting subjects - the first an important environmental story and the second a fascinating linguistic and ethnological one. 1. At Biodynamic Farming and Gardening I found out about a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/04/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Culture, Current Events, Environment, Ethnicity, Linguistics

 

this earth

What a glorious sunny day yesterday, with more ahead! Despite my cold, I was drawn outdoors to check the amazing growth in just a week. Everything is green and lush, the tulips are glowing in their riotous colours, the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/04/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Current Events, Environment