Salish Bear Pole

I made another run over the Malahat today as I had a few errands to run in Victoria. The weather has been a little iffy the past week and today was no exception with snow falling at the summit. On my return home I dropped by Goldstream Provincial Park for a walk amongst the beautiful 500 year old cedars. I last posted about Goldstream 3 years ago after I photographed the salmon run that happens every fall. This time I had the park pretty much to myself as I wandered amongst the huge trees.

500 year old cedar, Goldstream Provincial Park

500 year old cedar, Goldstream Provincial Park

After leaving I headed north to the Malahat summit and stopped to take in what often is an amazing view overlooking Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Washington State. With the snow today the view was certainly different! A totem is located at the summit, Salish Bear by Stanley Modeste, and it was looking quite grand with the snowy backdrop. I did get a little chuckle form the inscription at the base – 1966 Project of Native Indians’ Participation Centennial Sub-Committee to Commemorate the Centenary of the Union in 1866 of the colonies on Vancouver Island and the Mainland of British Columbia. What a mouthful!

After photographing the large cedar a few minutes earlier it was serendipitous to stop here and view a totem made from a similar tree.

Salish Bear Pole by Stanley Modeste

Salish Bear Pole by Stanley Modeste

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