Decolonizing Land: Invasive Species Removal

Most Victorians who give a fig about the environment have been involved in some form of invasive species removal. Scotch broom is a common culprit. When I worked with The Land Conservancy two summers past, broom was introduced to me as a nemesis that ate up any disturbed areas. Broom follows in the footsteps of…

We Grieve: Images of the Amazon Forest Fires

*Images in this post not mine. Header image PC Reuters. With the fires currently devastating the rainforest in Brazil I’ve been thinking a lot about ecological grief. Millennials such as myself have grown up in a world where ecological spaces unmarred by some human-caused destruction are rare. All around us we witness the natural world…

The Accidental Marketer: An Anthropologist at the DVBA

Of all the summer jobs I saw myself taking, marketing is not one I would have expected. I’ve worked in communications before this and I knew that marketing is suggested to anthropology students who don’t want to follow academic and research paths. Still, working hand in glove with the business community was never my aspiration.…

Leave it Wild: My latest trip to Haida Gwaii

After a summer of cooling my heels in Victoria and working 9-5, I finally got out on a longer trip. We drove up Vancouver Island, through Campbell River, to Port Hardy. Then the sixteen hour ferry trip to Prince Rupert. A short (eight hour) ferry overnight to Skidegate, and the last leg driving up to…

For the Love of Green and Growing: Exploring Butchart Gardens

Although a permanent resident of Victoria, I have been remiss in my explorations of some of our 'must see' attractions here on the island. Because my personal inclination is to photograph in 'wild' and 'natural' settings I haven't had much of an eye for some of the more manicured gardens and parks. However, I was…

And Winter Came to Victoria

The jury is out on whether the snow is beautiful or a massive hindrance. UVic declared a snow day and I have time to catch up on my reading, writing, and 'rithmatic (just kidding, I avoid math like the plague). I also had time to take my camera out which is a rare luxury mid-semester.…