Autumnal Morning of mid-November, Perimeter of Stanley Park at English Bay

Bumper sticker on a van on Chilco Street as I walked towards the marine fog over English Bay:

Jesus is coming

Look busy

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On a path from Beach Avenue to the Seawall, a woman stopped me to inquire if I knew anything about the migrating snow geese that were being photographed near English Bay. At the end of our ten minutes’ conversation I knew, amongst other things, that her Russian father, born just south of Moscow, had been a carpenter in the Gulag. Not a prisoner. How he got from Siberia to Vancouver seems to have been overland by way of the Aleutians.

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One of the regular artisans was setting up at his regular spot in a small cove by the Bay, and I asked if he were setting up for business. He responded, ‘No, I’m setting up to enjoy the day, before it’s gone.’

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The early morning was one of silvery light and resting fog; and, in the oceanic distance, a brighter light of the sun. An exquisite hour of life.

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