Friday, February 26, 2016

Top of the 'hat to you

Totem pole at the top of the Malahat on Vancouver Island...
Travel to the north end of Vancouver Island from Victoria, BC requires a drive up and over the Malahat mountain (aka the 'hat). At the peak you'll find this scenic lookout with views overlooking Finlayson Arm leading to Saanich Inlet in the distance.

For years this viewpoint was guarded by a weathered looking totem pole. It disappeared about two years ago when the provincial government upgraded the highway and the lookout. It turns out that it was taken to the nearby city of Duncan for a 'little touch up and a little paint' (to quote Bruce Springsteen). It's now back in its rightful place greeting tourists. It has been enhanced with an explanatory plaque that shares the details of the totem's creator, Coast Salish carver Stan Modeste.

This photo is something of an accomplishment for me. For years, I've been trying to get a photo of this totem that included unobstructed views of the landscape behind it, but it seemed that nature never wanted to cooperate with me before now.

Saanich Inlet from the totem pole on Vancouver Island's Malahat lookout...

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