A recent show at Dales Gallery featured the beautiful photography of Dag Goering. His compelling images of elephants are traveling the world to bring awareness to the ongoing challenges these magnificent creatures face. Dag and his wife Maria Coffey run Elephant Earth Initiative which “supports pragmatic, science-based approaches to elephant welfare and conservation.”  They also have a wonderful adventure travel company called Hidden Places Travel.

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A beautiful October mid-day storm sky.

A beautiful October mid-day storm sky. Looking towards the Olympic Peninsula.

Another view…

Another view…

GJ has a Zissou moment.

GJ has a Zissou moment.

Our dear friend Dame Mailarta has organized another wonderful show for the International Mail Art Exhibition: Mailmania 5. This year’s exhibit took place at the Slide Room Gallery at the Vancouver Island School of Art in September. Art was mailed to Studio J from all around the world. Check out the Mailarta blog here, and send some art along!

The Dame in cardboard with a wall of art stamps.

The Dame in cardboard with a wall of art stamps.

We were moved to see this peice by our beloved Rachel Berman who passed away this last spring. Rachel sent a lot of art through the post to so many people; we are honoured to have known her.

We were moved to see this peice by our beloved Rachel Berman who passed away this last spring. Rachel sent a lot of art through the post to so many people; we are honoured to have known her.

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This floor-to-ceiling piece came from the UK.

This floor-to-ceiling piece came from the UK.

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Our new cat, Miss Bunny Drummond, loves cat grass. I caught her sleeping with her head on the wire cage over the pot where it sometimes grows. We had to incorporate the little wire cage so the grass could grow a bit before she munched it down.

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Today, with a light fog rolling through the city, I walked through Beacon Hill Park. I love foggy mornings best. The leaves are changing rapidly now and the shiny brown horse chestnuts are mostly down.

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The mornings are cooler now which is delightful. Yesterday I went straight to the waterfront on Dallas Drive at the bottom of Government Street. A single crow watched me carefully in case I was carrying a muffin. Sadly for us both, I was not.

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I’ve been walking for about an hour a few mornings each week. I love the light and the cool, and the way the air smells. Here are a couple snaps from yesterday.

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