Monthly Archives: May 2012

Springtime in Vancouver: Freelancing for The Province, another 4/20 pot rally

A Vancouver Whitecaps fan break dances in front of the Whitecaps FC drummers outside BC Place before the match against the San Jose Earthquakes on May 5.         (Click images for larger view.)

The spring of 2012 in Vancouver, B.C. so far has been a blast. I’ve worked on The Province’s special May long weekend guide with three stories with photos, I covered the annual Vancouver 4/20 pot rally, which saw around 20,000 in attendance and fit time to check out the Vancouver Aquarium.

I wrote about the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and was able to get some great shots of their loyal fanbase  dancing, chanting, drumming and doing back flips during a pre-game ceremony outside BC Place earlier in May.

—————————————————————————————————————————–  I also covered how to grow your own food in Vancouver and way to improve your golf game. But the gardening story was great because I got a dozen photos published of local gardeners in the best spots in the city.

Gardening veteran Janet Chasse tends to her Swiss chard at her garden plot at Maple Community Garden in Vancouver.

———————————————————————————————————————————- Earlier in the spring I was covering a speech by B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix for a medical union and was able to get out in time to get behind the scenes and cover the annual Vancouver 4/20 pot rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on April 20.

Upwards of 20,000 marijuana enthusiasts came out on April 20, 2012 to promote free and legal use of the drug, including Jodie Emery (right) the wife of Marc Emery who has been extradited to the U.S. for selling marijuana seeds.

The Province photographer Les Bazso, who also taught me photojournalism at Langara College, takes video and still photos of random marijuana enthusiasts at the Vancouver Art Gallery for the 4/20 pot rally on April 20.

————————————————————————————————————————— And I had time to check out the Vancouver Aquarium, which produced some decent photos.

The orange Sea Nettle Jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium make for great photo subjects.

Vancouver Aquarium beluga Aurora appears to smile as she swims by.