Thursday, August 11, 2022

24 kilometres? With a bit of elevation gain, loss, gain, loss, gain. Should be just a walk in the park. Parks!

From Vancouver's Spanish Banks to Stanley Park's Causeway to North Shore's Capilano River Regional Park with its Cleveland Dam ...... and then Home to Lonsdale and 27th.

 As a seven year old kid, at Spanish Banks, I thought the North Shore was far away.  

Now, late 70's, it still looks far away, but I'm taller, with a longer stride.


A slightly different route from Cleveland Dam   24.9 K to home



17.4 k

 PK Auto to Dam to Tempe to PK Auto



Osteoarthritis in my Right Knee



a Single Cingal shot has made all the difference

with a couple of restrictions

No more 14 kilometre walks per day

7 kilometres every other day is okay

Bonus    unlimited 4 kilometre walks per day


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

"Any of my images are available for download in exchange you make a donation to a wildlife charity, ..

  ........ such as International Bird Rescue" (


Interesting concept, one that ensures that the wildlife which are in the greatest need, receive the greatest care.

'Nature as Art' photographer is providing a means for the public to donate to a rehab in exchange for any one of his many images

Other professional photographers might want to follow suit.

As it is, I can't stop looking at these 4 videos:  

A Family of Barred Owls

Baby Sooty Grouse

Pygmy Owl Hooting

Bighorn Sheep and ...

  Nature as Art


 Nature as Art Video

Download Information

Any of my images are available for download.  I only request you make a donation to a wildlife charity, such as International Bird Rescue (

Contact me to discuss the details.

 Mark K. Daly

'About Me'

 I have had a lifelong passion for nature.  I graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1992 with an M.Sc. in genetics, and have built my career in the life sciences.  I currently work for Dovetail Genomics, a start-up based in Northern California specialized in building plant and animal genome assemblies for biologists studying evolution, conservation and other disciplines.  In my off-time, I get out in the field as much as possible, primarily photographing birds and wildlife.

Flickr Photos 

Albums Photos


 Locally, Metro Vancouver's wildlife charity is  

 Wildlife Rescue

Your donation supports our efforts to care for and rehabilitate an annual average of 5,000 wild animals representing 150 species. Together, we are giving injured, orphaned and pollution-damaged wildlife a second chance at life.


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Cleveland Dam Busters they ain't, but there is power unleashed with too much rain

Typically our excess drinking water is released via Cleveland Dam's Face Tunnel, Base tunnel, By-pass Tunnel (built before the dam was constructed) or the Drum Gate. 

(This video was taken 2020-09-19) 


 How it Works   -   Floating Drum  - Metro Vancouver


Before the accident

Max. length4.8 km (3.0 mi)
Max. width750 m (2,460 ft)
Average depth87 m (285 ft)
Water volume57.9×109 L

And then 'Human Error made the Floating Drum Drop'

 Metro Vancouver ousts three workers in wake of fatal water release at Cleveland Dam.
Oct. 1 incident happened during maintenance work on a drumgate and was due to human error, agency says in news release.

Item I. Other business

October 1, 2020 Cleveland Dam Spillway Incident  (Page 7 of 47)

Jerry W. Dobrovolny, Commissioner, provided members with a verbal update on the October 1,2020 Cleveland Dam spillway incident, including Metro Vancouver's full cooperation with the ongoing investigation, multi-jurisdictional emergency response and involvement, counselling and support for staff, and next steps.


 Since the accident the drumgate hasn't been raised and Metro has started the process of replacing the Drumgate as we know it. 

 Just shear volume of water because of the recent rainfall.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

..... in dignity and respect, the grave sites of our deceased Canadian prime ministers ......

Overview of the Program

In 1999 the Government of Canada created the National Program for the Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers to ensure the conservation and promotion, in dignity and respect, of the grave sites of our deceased prime ministers. The program also provides Canadians with information on the lives and accomplishments of former prime ministers whose public careers have had a profound impact on the history of our country.

The program includes the preparation, in association with the family and the cemetery, of comprehensive conservation plans for the grave, the installation of a Canadian flag and an information panel on the life and accomplishments of the prime minister resting in the grave, as well as the organization of a commemoration ceremony in his honour. In addition, printed and online documents highlight the contributions of each prime minister.


Under the National Program for the Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers, the grave sites of ten Canadian Prime Ministers have now been formally honoured and recognized, and plans are under way for the remainder. This program is helping Canadians appreciate important leaders from the nation's past by keeping the memory of our deceased prime ministers alive, and providing information about their lives and accomplishments.

 If you are wondering which Prime Minister brought this recognition forward, the National Program for Grave Sites, .... the Prime Minister in 1999, Jean Chrétien - Wikipedia


 If you are interested and have some time on your hands, and if Covid-19 is forcing you to travel to parts less trampled:

First Up: John A MacDonald

Current Mourning address of deceased Prime Ministers:

 927, Purdy Mills Rd, Kingston, ON

 1016 Colborne Road, Sarnia, ON

 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Montréal, QC

 1259 South Park St, Halifax, NS

 631 Dundas St. W, Belleville, ON

 3950 Kempt Rd, Halifax, NS

 455 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON

 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, ON

 150 Cain St., St. Marys, ON

 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON

 St. Michael’s Church, Old London Road, Mickleham, Surrey, England

 Chemin de Hatley, Compton, QC

 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, SK

 Chemin MacLaren, Wakefield, QC

 Rue St-André, Saint-Rémi, QC


In 1956, Great Britain, France and Israel launched an attack on Egypt aimed at removing President Nasser. The United States had not been informed, and the Soviet Union threatened to use atomic weapons against the assailants. The "Suez Crisis" found its solution when the Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs Lester Pearson, who had served as President of the United Nations General Assembly in 1952, won support for sending a United Nations Emergency Force to the region to separate the warring parties. This gained him the Peace Prize for 1957.

Monday, August 30, 2021

From that first Monday to this Monday: 18,262 days has passed, together

Why count in years of marriage when its the days, one by one, that connects us, and family

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Nine years ago the late Ian Reid @ 'The Real Story,' predicted that President Joe Biden would shut down China's access to Alberta's Oil Sands

.... because of China's dependency on foreign oil

"China’s on an oil buying binge.  And Canada is where China likes to shop.

Since 2002 China, through four state owned oil companies, has spent over $65 billion dollars to purchase oil and gas fields and production facilities around the world.

Almost 15% of China’s expenditures went towards securing oil from Canada’s tar sands, according to a joint 2011 report of the International Energy Agency and the OECD.  China now owns significant stakes in Northern Lights Oil Sands, MEG Energy, Athabasca Oil Sands, Penn West Energy and Syncrude.

China’s buying spree isn’t an accident.  It’s a government policy that’s developed haphazardly since the late 1980’s.  China is determined to ensure that it continue to grow an economy that is increasingly dependent on energy from oil and gas.

In 2009, China imported 53% of its oil.  By 2035 that’s expected to grow to 82% or 12.8 million barrels each and every day.  China’s foreign policy is, in part, determined by the need to resource that growth. " Snipped

Sunday, May 30, 2021

North Shore Mountains ---->>> Helicopter touch down locations

If the local news media coverage of Fissile Peak rescue didn't quench your thirst for all the details of the NSR in action, then check out Knowledge Network's 5 episodes to see how they use helicopters for long line deliveries of material, rescuers and patients out safely.

May 29, 2021

North Shore News   NSR 3 Calls in one day 

 NSR deployed its Talon helicopter for what turned out to be three  incidents in the Seymour Mountain area

10:45 a.m  Pump Peak Trail - Back Injury

11:00 a.m. Mystery Lake Trail  - Knee Injury

11:45 a.m. Elsay Lake Trail - Ankle Injury



Locations of the data:



Point locations representing helicopter landing sites. These locations are either natural clearings or man-made landing pads. Mainly located in the alpine area where emergency access is limited. Used primarily by North Shore Search and Rescue.




 There are 48 Helicopter landing sites

Cleveland Dam's  #45, includes coordinates, so pop all them into your GPS for future reference.  Just in case.

Bird's eye view from the Lions


Red Lines are

Trails for Public Use

Trails that are maintained by the DNV, and are sanctioned for public use. These are known trails on the North Shore, Bowen Island and in Lions Bay. Most trails have been collected through GPS survey.




Pads and  Trails 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

KML file links to Historic Trails of British Columbia: via government Datasets & Avalanche Canada


Select    KML Network Link
kml   Access/Download  View


The exact title. One result

Historic Trails of British Columbia

This dataset contains spatial and tabular data on non-archaeological historic trails in B.C. Some of these trails, or sections of trail, are defined or protected under...
View in BC Gov iMapBC




URL: https:??//

Thursday, March 4, 2021

A First Book of Knitting for Children - New - 2020 Edition - Bonnie Gosse and Jill Allerton


A First Book of Knitting for Children
written by Bonnie Gosse and Jill Allerton
with photography by Eric Furman and Dave Gosse

A knitting book with a difference!  Rhymes and photos combine to bring a thorough introduction to knit stitch and purl stitch, followed by simple, enticing patterns for animals.  The patterns are easy and exciting to make and the completed projects are fun to play with. Further instructions and more complicated patterns follow in the latter half of the book.

Thoroughly revised, combining both the original A First Book of Knitting for Children together with the authors’ follow up title Knitting for children, this book is great for both children and adults, an invaluable resource for anyone learning how to knit.  The clear instructions, the interesting patterns and artistic photographs make this book a must for all who have an interest in knitting.

Recommended for all ages!


Wriggly Snake is One of 38 patterns in this book


Dedication and Acknowledgements          
History of Knitting          
Making your own wooden knitting needles          
Disappearing knot           
    Disappearing knot verse          
Finger knitting          
How to begin knitting           
    Holding the needles           
    Casting on           
        Casting on verse           
    Knit stitch           
        Knit stitch verse          
 Knit stitch problems – where they occur and how to correct them
    Knitting the latch by mistake           
    Forgetting to knit the last stitch           
    Putting your needle in the wrong place           
    Knitting backwards           
    Undoing knitting           
        Undoing a stitch           
            Undoing stitches verse           
        Undoing a row           
    Recovering a dropped stitch           
    Another way of fixing a dropped stitch           
    Slipped stitches          
Shaping your knitting by decreasing          
Shaping your knitting by increasing           
    Increasing at the beginning of a row          
Changing colours          
Dividing work to make 2 or more sections           
    Using a stitch holder or safety pin          
Rejoining yarn          
Casting off           
    Casting off verse          
Weaving in ends          
Sewing up projects          
Stuffing projects          
Making a pom-pom          
Patterns using knit stitch only           
    Striped ball
Purl stitch           
    Purl stitch verse          
Stocking stitch          
Purl stitch problems – where they occur and how to correct them           
    A mistake in stocking stitch           
    Mistakes in ribbing           
    Forgetting to change the yarn location          
Patterns using knit stitch and purl stitch
More skills
Reading a pattern          
More shaping your knitting by decreasing           
    Decreasing - purlwise (p2tog)                      
More shaping your knitting by increasing           
    Increasing in a stitch           
    Make 1 (m1)          
Pass slipped stitch over (psso)          
Picking up stitches          
Using different colours           
    Creating simple stripes           
    Fair Isle knitting           
    Simple 2 colour pattern           
    Dancing men pattern          
Knitting in the round          
Wrap and turn (going the wrong way to market on purpose)          
Double casting off          
Firm casting on          
Knit one, slip one (k1,sl1)          
The challenge patterns
    Leaping cat           
    Boy with hands in his pockets           
    Girl with hands in her pockets           
    Hat with rolled brim           
    Hat with ribbed brim           
    Lily the Lamb           
    Mother Sea Otter           
    Baby Sea Otter           
    Wriggly Snake           
    Coiled Snake           
    Howling Wolf           
    Slipper socks in three sizes           
    Hand dolls           
        Granny and Grandpa pattern           
    Clothes for your doll           
        Pleated skirt           
        Plain skirt           
        Granny skirt pattern           
        Jacket or shirt           
        Granny’s pullover sweater           
        Hat with rolled brim           
        Hat with knitted brim           
        Baseball cap           
        Grandpa cap or plain hat          

 Wynstones Press

ISBN 9780 946206 87 2

168 pages, colour throughout with numerous photographs and illustrations.
Size 235 x 215 mm, 9½ x 8½ inches.


Knit Stitch Verse 


In through the front door,

Dance around the back,  

Peek through the window,

And OFF jumps Jack




Page 26 Knit Stitch problems - Where they occur and how to correct them

If you go through the front door latch as well as the front door, you will be making an extra stitch and your knitting will become wider and wider.

To correct this problem of your knitting becoming wider .....


 North by Northwest with Sheryl MacKay

Interview on  CBC 

 "In this episode Bonnie Gosse talks about a book she co-wrote about teaching children to knit ..."



Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Cleveland Dam 'parking lot' on Cliff Edge


And then there were none....

And before the Drumgate was dropped

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Only in British Columbia: Make a Will Week: October 4-10, 2020 Missed it this year? Can you wait until 2021

Make a Will Week

October 4-10, 2020, was Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. Its purpose is to encourage the public to write their will or bring an existing will up-to-date.

Check back in 2021 for confirmation that the next Make-a-Will Week has been proclaimed.

Making a will is now even easier following legislative changes in August of 2020 that allow people who are in different locations to use technology to sign and witness a will.  The changes will also soon give electronic wills the same recognition as physical wills.

If you don’t have a will, you’re not alone. According to a 2014 report for BC Notaries, just 55 per cent of British Columbians have a signed, legally valid and up-to-date will.

A will is the best way to ensure that the people, charities and organizations you cherish most receive the benefit of your estate.

If you die without a will, your estate may not be distributed in the way you would have wished and the costs of administering your estate may also be higher.

Having a will helps ensure that important questions for parents – like who will raise your young children if both you and your spouse die – are answered.

The cost to have a will written depends on the complexity of your situation. Ask a notary or lawyer for an estimate. If your situation is straightforward, you may be able to write your own will using a kit from a store or an online service provider. However, obtaining the assistance of a professional is always a good idea.



Cold Cold Capilano Lake Reservoir  2020-11-11


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Capilano River Cable Pool Fishing, Flagged: "IF YOU DON'T KNOW WETHER IT'S A TROUT OR A SALMON, LET IT GO!"

a castrated ram.
 Inside the open Hatchery are the "Thankfully Missed by Fishermen fish":

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson PC, MP, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard


One other minor detail for the Fisheries Minister to correct forthwith: Metro Vancouver's Capilano River Regional Park has provided flush toilets during the whole of the time of Covid-19, up at Cleveland Dam.

Why are visitors to the Fish Hatchery subjected to Portable Toilets, still.




Women and Men treated alike

The Hatchery is OPEN and the washrooms inside the building have garbage cans blocking the MEN and WOMEN locked doors.    Surely there's enough staff inside the facility to wipe things down each evening/morning.   ..... and the soap dispensers in the two portable toilets are DRY, always.  

Why is there a double standard?