This is the place for photos of what’s going on in Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem, and whatever I come across as I continue to fall even more deeply in love with this beautiful fjord. I welcome your additions. You can send me photos: songspinner(at)shaw(dot)ca
Photos from the Knowing Our Place celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day on Bowen Island. Knowing Our Place is a reconciliation initiative I began in 2017 with the support of the Bowen Island Library and the Arts Council.
Recent Reading and Workshop Photos:
These magnificent glass sponge reefs were recently discovered in Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem. These rare bioherms were common during the Jurassic period and thought to have become extinct sixty million years ago. Today they are found only on BC coasts. Some of them are as large as a small car. Although they look like plants, sponges are in fact one of the oldest animals on Earth. They form a critical component of Howe Sound’s marine environment, modifying currents, providing ideal habitat for fish and other species, serving as refuge for juvenile rockfish, and filtering impurities in the ocean water. And they are so beautiful!
This is my most recent photo of Sleeping Woman Mountain – the view from my living room. Her head (on the right) is also known as Mount Strachan. Her breast has no name – yet – and her very pregnant belly is called St Mark’s Peak. To the left of the large Douglas Fir is Chíchiyuy – the Squamish name for The Lions. From my window I see only the left facing Sister or Chíchiyuy.
My favourite photo of this spectacular falls – among the highest in the world – taken by my friend Virginia. I remember the day she took the photo. We had to navigate around a film crew from the U.S.
This photo was taken almost three years ago when I began my research for Whale in the Door. I had an important first meeting with Randall Lewis, the Environmental Advisor for the Squamish Nation. He turned out to be an incredible ally with his vast knowledge of the ecosystems in Howe Sound and his memories of growing up in Atl’kitsem. Randall insisted on a photo to mark the occasion and we stood in front of the welcoming figure at the head of the Sound in front of his office.