Now for something completely different

A pleasure of being a grandparent is the ability to observe development of descendents from a different perspective than we applied when actively parenting.

I suspect that grandparents don’t see children as extensions of themselves. Instead, without judgement, they observe young people in their families develop according to the child’s interests and abilities.

Sometimes, we’re taken aback when skills are demonstrated without lessons from experts often employed to instruct children.

My oldest granddaughter, recently tagged a teenager, gained possession of an iPhone. Without instruction, she used it to photograph images of the world in which she lives. The results demonstrate her own skills, not those expected by people around her.

The first photo here is taken from the family’s beach property south of Powell River. The other two are from a fishing trip on her uncle’s small boat near Vancouver.

Of course, these photographs are something more to me than a 13 year-old’s regard for earth’s beauty. It represents the hope that the next generation will protect these lands from destruction.

I expect Teagan will play a role.

Categories: Environment, Smile

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  1. I’m enjoying the same views right now from our beach property next door in Lang Bay. A wonderful piece of the planet. Places like this definitely reinforce a connection with nature.

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  2. Just a few miles north, we watch whales many days, ocean, sky and nature every day; we constantly marvel at this beauty. Inspiration to be the best stewards we can be, and pass the joy of that work on


    • Congratulations for living on that land and respecting its beauty.

      As a ten year old, I lived beside Wolfson Creek (Lang Creek now, I think). I remember rafts of spawning salmon filling the river and endless miles where young children could safely wander. One of my strongest memories is of sitting on the shore in the late 1950s watching countless Orcas swimming by. We called them “blackfish” but had no idea their population would soon be threatened.

      April to October, we fished almost every day from our 8 foot punt and almost always came back with salmon. Nowadays, it’s not worth bothering to get a fishing license.

      The Powell River pulp and paper mill pumped contamination into the sea with little regard for the effects. In those days, they believed, “The solution to pollution is dilution.”

      The environment has improved, but ferry delays keep this spectacular area from being well known, even though it is less than 100 miles from Vancouver.


  3. “Photography can defeat time. Images can keep the memory of a loved one alive, hold a moment in history for future generations, be a witness to tragedy or joy. They can also change behavior, stimulate understanding and create a sense of urgency that will move people to action. Photography is the universal language that speaks to the heart.”


    Norm, your granddaughter gets it. Good on you for encouraging her passion.

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  4. Norm – with your lineage, and compassion for our planet, surely your granddaughter will play a crucial role in protecting and preserving. Your inspiration will be key; likely already has. Your marvelling at her photos and posting them reflects your commitment, certainly to be continued. Another Greta Thunberg? Let’s join you and her on the legislature lawn with signs to take us into the new realm; creating what we believe in!


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