Jogging through a fairy tale.

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These are some sights from my daily jog. It’s probably hard to believe looking at these pictures that i live in Downtown Vancouver. It’s not that our Downtown is a forest, but it’s just I live right on the very edge of its’ West End, where it ends at a huge and beautiful rain forest park and then water. The entire Downtown along with Stanley Park is a peninsula that is surrounded by waters of English Bay on three sides and connected to the mainland Vancouver by 5 bridges and one narrow neck of land.

It’s a very pretty place to live. I have a beach on my front door, high rises on one side and a rain forest on the other. As the matter of fact, this alley right behind my apartment building where I begin my run is a boundary between residential towers and the park. It marks the end of down town and beginning of the forest.

The park is very beautiful all year round and has a very rich flora and many trails to enjoy it. Every time i run, it feels like i’m entering a fairy tale. On rainy and misty days like this one, when cloud ceiling is so low that its’ edges get caught on the tips of the ancient cedars and fine mist creeps through the trees, I almost expect to catch a glimpse of the Little Red riding hood in the depth of the forest.

I keep wanting to do a photo shoot of some dolls in the park, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I guess i feel like i don’t have the right doll for the project.

Anyway, just thought i’d share a little bit of my beautiful home. West Coast is truly beautiful. Most of the year it’s a cold and grand type of beauty. It’s where mountains, luscious rain forest and Pacific ocean meet and there is a distinct sense of space and age and solitude. Even with thousands of tourists around. When i rollerblade or bike around the park on the seawall in the morning, I sit on the bench for a few minutes looking at the mountains and imagining what this place must have looked like hundreds of thousands of years ago. Probably not that different, minus all the buildings and plus some glaciers.

29 Responses

  1. Mayple says:

    You really do live in a spectacularly beautiful area. I think Camellia has a very ‘fae’ look about her, she’s fit in perfectly : )

  2. Cloudy-Chan says:

    You are so lucky to live in such a gorgeous place, I wish I was back home :(

  3. Marina says:

    Where are you now and where is home?

  4. Miss LK says:

    Serene and entranced!

    I have the same feeling whenever I stroll in the Golden Gate Park, too… except with the giant ferns, I tend to imagine a T-Rex will be tramping after me!

    The porcelain nudes will look natural in quiet corners of a beautiful park.

  5. Ilona says:

    Marina,

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us! It’s as if we could almost visit you. What a wonderful place to explore, jog in and inhale!

    Living in London, this is what I miss the most- the large parks and forests back home… And their being natural rather than designed by a human hand and forced to grow.

    Ilona xxx

  6. noxy says:

    Wow. Just wow. I live in an almost rural area of Illinois, so there’s really only cornfields to look at, though there is a river a while away. Mayhaps I shall pick up jogging and go explore.

    I think any of your dolls would be gorgeous out in the woods, mayhaps your Princess Swan or Brigantia especially. Penelope has a very down to earth feel to her as well.

  7. Erin says:

    I’ve always loved living in the Pacific Northwest. I grew up in Seattle, but recently I came to Vancouver to go to the UBC. I love that the sea is so close and that it rains all the time. Truly a wonderful place to live.

  8. Marina says:

    Yup, it does rain almost all the time. It almost feels as if Vancouver doesn’t have distinct seasons: it’s always green and wet, with occasional sunshine. Actually, i’d say it’s 70% rain and 30% sun. In the summer it’s the other way around.

    UBC is a good school. A bunch of people i know have done, or are still doing their degrees there. What program are you in?

  9. Erin says:

    I’m in anthropology. I just started and it’s a lot of fun!

  10. lynnette says:

    wow, i’ve somehow always longed to keep the fascination i have with fairy tales, but i guess i grew up. your work has actually made me feel like i did when i was a child, after i had finished watching thumbelina or the swan princess. i would love to become an innovative artist like you. you’re a real inspiration.

  11. It’s so peaceful looking there. very nice place to live.nothig like the Ohio backroads…

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