Homeless in Vancouver: Hanging on for dear life in the back alleys

Two examples of tenacious life from the back alleys of Fairview.

From Saturday (May 3) afternoon: a delicate flowering plant growing out of a tiny crack in an otherwise seamless concrete wall. And not growing close to the ground either but at least at waist height.

It’s brand-new this spring. Both the building manager and I took an moment to appreciate its beauty and chutzpah.

Stanley Q. Woodvine

Here a bit of moss that has found an improbable purchase on a thickly over-painted stucco wall. The closer you look, the more amazing it gets, particularly when you realize that this photo isn’t recent: t’s from three months ago during the winter.

It was a cold night when I took the photos, but you can see how the moss had created its own lush micro-climate. 

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Stanley Q. Woodvine
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