This week, I would like to shine the spotlight on a prolific and highly talented blogger (and adventurer), Rebecca Budd (a.k.a Clanmother). Rebecca was of the earliest people to follow this blog, which was launched when the We Love Birds website/blog became a mere Facebook page. And she has been a loyal follower ever since, diligently liking my posts and providing interesting comments from time to time!
Now aside from being a highly talented photographer, Rebecca possesses one of the most important qualities that a blogger can have: She is an excellent storyteller! Her musings on the meaning of life and what constitutes art, culture and civilization are deceptively simple, yet profound. I especially like her reflections on the necessity of myth and heroes in past and present societies. She argues her positions quite convincingly, especially since she combines her great writing with excellent visuals (her photos). Although Rebecca maintains several blogs and social media streams, I especially like Clanmother, ChassingART and Lady Budd.
If you want to see her talents as a photographer, take a look here, here and here. When it comes to storytelling, you can start here, here and here. But please be aware that this barely scratches the surface… you could spends hours, perhaps even days, looking through Rebecca’s blogs and photos.
Choosing a photo as a homage to (and representative of) Rebecca did not come immediately, but when the idea popped in my head, I wondered why I did not think of it earlier. It is a photo I took (and already featured in this blog) in January of “The Lions,” two magnificent peaks that stand guard over Vancouver, on its northern shore. This photo was taken in North Vancouver’s Cleveland Park and show the peaks being reflected in Capilano Lake. It is good to note that before being given their current name by European settlers (of an African animal), the Squamish people (one of the region’s original inhabitants) called these majestic peaks Ch’ich’iyúy Elxwíkn (“Twin Sisters”). According to the Squamish, the peaks were created by the Sky Brothers (or Transformers) after twin sisters of the Squamish nation married twin brothers of the Haida nation, thus setting in motion the end of a lengthy war that had raged between the two peoples. Their descendants still live in the region around the peaks.