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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Picture of the Week - The Tree Houses

The Tree Houses 


Is this where our home ownership dreams begin - in tree houses?  Where access is a privilege, where, solemn vows and the allegiance of blood brothers made. 

On Tuesday, I came upon these two tree houses built out of spare boards in a grove of old maples and knew I had to get a picture of them. The fact that there are two of them is a bit of a mystery, but, they compliment each other nicely.   I was also drawn to the shadows spilling downward from the branches.

The Tree house in the foreground has a nice touch several branches are growing through it. In a few weeks these "palaces in the trees" will once again be hidden in the leaves.

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Stephen Mullock is a Chilliwack real estate associate broker with 29 years of experience. He can be reached at Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty, telephone 604-792-0077.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Picture of the Week - Practise for Paragliding

 
Practise for Paragliding

As mentioned in a previous post Mount Cheam is a favourite spot for the sport of paragliding and it is not uncommon to see up to 40 sails up in the air at one time.  Friday, in preparation for the afternoon flight members of the Deimos Paragliding Club were checking out their equipment and reacquainting themselves with liftoff – to state the obvious - it is too late once you jumped.

Paraglider Wally Geissbuehler, featured in these pictures, told me that an incredible lifting action comes off Mount Cheam, in fact, last year he was up for over 7 hours in a single jump. Unfortunately, in 2009 he also crashed, finding himself 100’ up a tree on a steep slope without a “tree kit”. The good news is that the Kent Harrison Search and Rescue Team did come to the rescue and that Wally was good enough recently to send a donation their way.  That story was recently published by the Agassiz Harrison Observer.

Imagine the rush of jumping off a cliff for the first time!  As close as you can come to flying without being a bird. There is a nice photo gallery at the Deimos Website that captures their flying.




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Stephen Mullock is a Chilliwack real estate associate broker with 29 years of experience. He can be reached at Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty, telephone 604-792-0077.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Picture of the Week - Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm ©
Stephen Mullock

I came upon this eastern Chilliwack barn last Wednesday afternoon returning from a real estate appointment. At first, I simply drove past it but had noticed the towering light edged clouds framing the structure. There was nothing else to do but turn around and snap off a shot.

This picture has a simple composition with enough elements for me to ponder man’s relationship with the land and sky. In particular I like the brave little weather vane perched on top of the barn,

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Stephen Mullock is a Chilliwack real estate associate broker with 29 years of experience. He can be reached at Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty, telephone 604-792-0077.


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Picture of the Week - The Governors

The Governors©

My term as Chair of the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia (REFBC) comes to a close at the end of this month and with that change two, of our five, Governors leave (Barry Brown-John and Cheryl Kathler). I brought my camera to a farewell dinner event on Friday to capture the moment but was not satisfied with result, a poor 400 ISO setting left, a less than complimentary photograph - my only chance was to play around a bit with the image which I have. I hope I got it right – I like the way I am smiling (I am in the middle at the back).

There are a number of things that I enjoy about this image, the traditional group pose, the rich earthy colours, the solid forms of the Governors as one mass in an undefined Picasso-like abstract world. For me personally the 2009-2010 period was a time of immense transformation; I like to say that “2009 was the longest 4 years of my life”. This was due in large extent to the financial meltdown of 2008 - money. The lack of funds meant a lot of good projects were left only partly funded or not funded at all. It forced us to re-examine nearly everything, reinvent and refocus.

From a strategic planning session in 2009 we agreed that our direction is to fearlessly seek out land use learning, research and other projects that are innovative, collaborative, transferable, and sustainable with a special focus on issues just emerging. That is a mouthful but you have to dream big – our strategic vision is that, in terms of land use knowledge and practice, BC should be a model for the world.

The REFBC has been a significant force in this province thanks to the efforts of an excellent staff and the labours of so many Governors that have gone on before me. Over 110 BC communities have received monies that add up to over 55 million. Check it out at http://www.refbc.com/. It was my privilege to have worked with the other Governors and our fine staff this past year.

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Stephen Mullock is a Chilliwack real estate associate broker with 29 years of experience. He can be reached at Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty, telephone 604-792-0077.