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Vancouver Rain. Again.

October 24, 2014

October 17, 2014

maple leaf 1

maple leaf 2

Why does it seem to rain every time I go for a walk in Vancouver?  There has been precipitation on every day I have spent there on recent visits, even if it is sometimes just what the Irish would term a “grand, soft day.”

For those of us who live elsewhere, this could be looked at as fair recompense when the place is so unfairly blessed with topographic splendour. But maybe it is also a gift from the weather gods, an appeasement that permits us to remain contented with our own climates and locations. Maybe Vancouver rain is specially arranged for the visitor’s benefit, with the warm coastal sun scheduled to re-appear minutes after the departure of our flights eastward. If you, like me, are “looking forward” to a prairie winter, then it would be simply unbearable to think that Vancouver could ever get a string of autumn days of perfect crystal clarity, as well as those mild winter temperatures. Far better for us to always see this place in the rain, and to think that the residents must be miserable on account of the constant drizzle and mist, which are surely interrupted only by the occasional downpour.

Anyway, the rain does give vibrancy to the colours of plants and stones, even under such a flat grey sky. And I didn’t really mind getting a bit wet, since I was headed to the Vancouver Aquarium to commune with the jellyfish and comb jellies . . .

wood shore 1


shell hash



This appears Banksian (is Banksian an acceptable adjective?).

It would seem that it contains sewage at all times, then.

It would seem that it contains sewage at all times, then.


I actually went for a walk to go to the aquarium

Japanese sea nettle Chrysaora pacifica at the Vancouver Aquarium

The comb jelly Pleurobrachia

The comb jelly Pleurobrachia


© Graham Young, 2014

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris permalink
    October 24, 2014 10:55 pm

    Great photos! Good find on the unknown Banksy. 🙂

    • Graham permalink*
      October 25, 2014 12:58 pm

      Thanks Chris. I suspect that it is “Banksy” rather than Banksy, somehow. Still, it is effective!

  2. Gary Bell permalink
    October 25, 2014 11:06 am

    All that rain makes a lush environment for plants and very large slugs…but where are the fossils? I know, Rolf Ludvigsen would know…

    • Graham permalink*
      October 25, 2014 12:58 pm

      Gary, I think most of the fossils decided that the Island was a nicer place to be.

  3. December 20, 2014 3:49 pm

    Hi Graham, was good to see you in Vancouver.

    There are fossils to be found along the beach right in Vancouver. Nice outcrop of Huntingdon Fm. (Kitsilano Mbr) in Stanley Park and also on Kitsilano Beach (south end of English Bay). All Eocene … nice leaves to be had. See Mustard & Rouse 1994 GSC Bulletin 481: 97-169.

    Bruce Archibald and I braved the rain and collected a few fossils at Kitsilano Beach.


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