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Daily Prompt: Whoa!

What’s the most surreal experience you’ve ever had?

I was a member of a  group of volunteers from a community centre, who went to see the Christmas light display in Stanley Park on 14 December 2006. After we were done we talked about how lucky we were to see such a beautiful display, in such a lovely setting. Little did we know that the next morning, we would awake to the news that a massive windstorm had damaged the park. Winds exceeding 110kph had damaged over 40% of the trees in the park, with about 60% of the western edge heavily damaged. Also portions of the seawall had to be closed and rebuilt. Below is a picture I shot showing a more typical view of the paths leading to Stanley Park, with the Park visible in the background. Having talked about being lucky enough, to see it, and realizing the next day, you were one of the last to see it as it was, is surreal and humbling.


The seawall approaching prospect Point.


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  2. What an amazing tree! I am sad to see it uprooted.

    • It was sad to see many tress like that brought down. At least the Park Board, kept the one’s that didn’t create hazards as nurse logs. Also most of the logs removed, were used by artists.

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