Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Doing the Crawl, 2009

This last weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the annual Eastside Culture Crawl was underway in Strathcona. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain the first two days, so we stayed home and did a much-abbreviated Crawl on Sunday. Still, we met new artists, old friends, a variety of dogs; we bought a few items and wished we could afford many more; we had a good meal at the Wilder Snail and coffee at my daughter's house after dusk. A great day!

From the Crawl website:
The Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual 3-day November event that involves artists who live in Vancouver's Eastside in an area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Commercial Drive, and the Waterfront. Painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, writers, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those of international fame... these are just a sampling of the exciting talents featured during this unique chance to meet local artists in their studios.
Purchase something that strikes your fancy, commission something to be uniquely yours, or just browse through the studios and meet the artists, learning about their specific works of art, materials and tools, approaches and techniques. This is a once a year opportunity to meet many diversely talented artists and view their creations in the studios where they work. Be part of this exciting event, which brings people from all over the Lower Mainland, and share in the imaginations that enrich our neighbourhood and lives.
Where to start, where to start? On the street, of course; every jewel needs a setting. So, here's Strathcona on a grey November day:

At Koo's Corner, Hawks Avenue. Yellow leaves.

Keefer Street. Great flocks of Cedar Waxwings filled all the trees. This old magnolia is so covered with creamy buds for next spring's flowers that it looks snowy.

Cedar Waxwings in a tangle of bare branches

More waxwings

Sometimes, when a photo is too far away, too monotone, I play around with colour saturation and the sharpening tool. I liked this result.

Smiling squirrel

One rosebud, still planning to bloom

Berry bush. I have no idea what kind it is. I don't think it's native.

The fruits come in beautiful candy colours; cherry red, tangerine, lime green. They're about the size of a huckleberry.

And they're spotted.

Veggie garden along the walk to a front door

Trees like candles to light a dull day


  1. We are pretty much shut down until the snow flies. Glad to see some colour and action virtually!

  2. Anonymous1:03 pm

    I went berry picking yesterday and was looking at the images that were close to what I pick as wild red huckleberries and found another article the bush you have are called chokecherries it seems that they made jellies with them

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  4. I think people call different fruits "chokecherries" in different areas. I didn't dare taste these. Maybe I should have. I don't remember whether they had one pit, like a cherry, or a bunch of seeds, like a berry.

  5. I need to know about berry season.I like it .

  6. Anonymous8:38 am

    those look like autumn berries! Not chokecherries. They're gold speckled and have silver green leaves, extra silver on underside. They have one seed inside. They are tart tasting like pomegranate and they are edible.

  7. The red berries look like autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)


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