Wooden Secrets

Stanley Park is a very beautiful park and juts out into the water. It is filled with cedars and ferns and around the perimeter is a seawall that you can walk the full length of eight kilometers. Many tourists come and go, especially in the summer as it is very accessible from downtown.  There is the touristy area with carved totem poles and gift shops, kiddie pools and the aquarium but there are also more remote areas with secrets in the woods. This wooden carving is one of them. I walked in this park for two years, nearly everyday and never saw it until one day a fellow asked if I had seen the mask carved into the cedar stump. I don't know who carved it or when. It stands about five feet high and it really is something to see, settled in the shadowy forest with its topknot of salmonberry bushes growing out of its head.