Glass Mountains by Wolf Read


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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The numerous glassy skyscrapers of Vancouver, BC, rise above the lowland plain like a small mountain range. There is a certain kind of beauty to skylines such as this. The huge structures suggests permanence, solidity, the gift of Homo sapiens to modify and perhaps even control the landscape. But is is also difficult to see any level of humility before nature when construction is done on such a massive scale.

Just a few centuries ago, the city of Vancouver did not exist. Modern civiliation—that powered by fossil fuel and electricity—did not exist. And several thousand years before that, a sheet of ice over a thousand meters thick occupied this location. At that distant point in time, it is difficult to find evidence of agriculturally-based civilization anywhere in the world. Looking backward over millions of years, the entire region transforms geolocially: Shorelines move, mountains rise and erode. What do these geological and historical realities suggest about the permanence of today’s cities, of western civilization?

Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 70-200mm 1:4 L IS USM
100mm, 1/250 sec, f / 8, -1/3 EV, ISO 100

From Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, BC
15 Mar 2010

I am a natural historian and published author, illustrator and photographer. I also take photography commissions and have had a wonderful time with a recent project for the University of British Columbia Farm. Many thanks for visiting my little space here on RedBubble, and thank you also for your purchases—they are very much appreciated.

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  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegatealmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful Shot

  • Thank you, Barbara.

    – Wolf Read

  • dasSuiGeneris
    dasSuiGenerisover 4 years ago

    Masterful words. Equally masterful photograph. This is a beautiful city… or is it just because of the distant mountains? I really like how the manmade compliments the beauty of the natural, and vise versa.

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