Homeless in Vancouver: Stucco with a dash of squirrel

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Today I photographed a squirrel climbing stucco—the result was underwhelming. It really was one of those “you had to be there” moments.

Squirrel-dash stucco

The squirrel literally ran up the side of a building covered in grey stucco encrusted with little bits of white quartz and black obsidian—what’s called “salt and pepper dash stucco”.

The first time I say a squirrel run up the side of a three-storey stucco-clad apartment building, I was flabbergasted. I still don’t understand how they can do it but they can and they make it look effortless.

Whenever I’ve seen them do it, they’re scared witless so it couldn’t require a lot of thought and well, they are squirrels.

Aw, did the bad man across the lane putting out his garbage scare you?
Stanley Q. Woodvine

Stanley Q. Woodvine is a homeless resident of Vancouver who has worked in the past as an illustrator, graphic designer, and writer. Follow Stanley on Twitter at @sqwabb.

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Aug 22, 2014 at 11:39am

Maybe that's because we know, from that Sylvester Stallone movie, that it's easy to fake vertical feats but filming them on the horizontal!

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Aug 22, 2014 at 2:23pm

cant catch me...heeeheehee...

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