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!


      Aug 22, 2014 at 2:23pm

      cant catch me...heeeheehee...