Homeless in Vancouver: Rain hasn’t washed away all the colours of fall

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      While the sun was still out on Friday, October 13, I managed to take a few choice photographs of autumn along West 12th Avenue in the Fairview neighbourhood.

      Frozen four-alarm fire rising nine storeys up the west face of the Windermere Care Centre at 900 West 12th Avenue.
      Stanley Q. Woodvine

      Vancouver’s now sodden, grey skies certainly make everything seem drab and dingy but not to worry.

      This week’s heavy rain can’t possible have washed the vibrant colours of last week down the drain.

      A purple daisy (I think) by the chain link fence, in the alley behind the Windemere.
      Stanley Q. Woodvine

      Leaves and flowers, I’m happy to say, are colour-fast—immune to both bleaching by the sun and running in the rain.

      A full-length photo of the west face of the Windermere because, well, it’s so lovely!
      Stanley Q. Woodvine

      Unfortunately, most of the leaves that change colour so spectacularly this time of year are not temperature tolerant; these will—and are—withering and falling, along with the temperature.

      More fiery flora climbing a parkade on Laurel St., off West 12th Avenue.
      Stanley Q. Woodvine

      So the time to enjoy the blaze of autumn colour is right now—while it lasts. 

      Okay, it’s not technically a tree anymore but the colourful spectacle of this utility pole caught my eye all the same.
      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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