Photo Essay: Beginnings

Although it’s the end of the month, Kevin McConnell worked this month to capture the topic of “beginnings”, our monthly theme for January. Thanks Kevin for submitting this photo essay. Feels like spring is near!



Queens Cross

What happens when you cross a bike race with a mud bog?

Queens Cross, that’s what.

Saturday’s driving rainstorm may have deterred all but the hardiest spectators, but dozens of riders from beginners to elite men and women relished the chance to battle each other and the elements at New Westminster’s Queen’s Park in the fifth race of the eight-race Vancouver Cyclocross Coalition’s series.

Cyclocross is an off-road version of a road cycling criterium race in which riders lap a number of circuits on a two or three kilometre course comprised of dirt trails, grassy meadows, over barriers and across creeks or gullies. It evolved in Belgium and Northern France in the early 1900s as a way for road cyclists to stay fit during the fall and winter off-season. Sometimes getting to the warmth and shelter of the nearest café or brasserie meant cutting across farmer’s fields and through forests; cyclocross replicates that experience.

Saturday’s cold torrential downpour was worthy of the worst weather of the Ardennes and turned most of the course at the west end of Queen’s Park into a track of thick, viscous muck. At the end of each event, the line at the hose station was 20-30 muddy cyclists deep. Even through their exhaustion, many managed a smile. After all, there’s often a rainbow at the end of a rainstorm.

Full results of the Queens Cross.

Photo Essay: New West Pride

The weather was scorching, the vibe was amazing, and Pride was a success. Hats off to the volunteers who put this rocking event together. Tenth contributor Mario Bartel took in the fabulous sights and sounds at the New West Pride Street Party, and here’s a few of his snaps.


Photo Essay: Rivers

Did you know our MLA is also a talented photographer? It’s true! Thank you to Judy Darcy for providing such a stunning array of photos of our beautiful Fraser River.

Says Judy, “The first thing I do most mornings is look out my window at the spectacular view of the Fraser River. The colour and light on the river change constantly and I am fascinated with trying to capture its mood. The Fraser transforms, transports and reflects everything around it. It gives rise to our parks, our businesses, our bridges – and our fog. It gives birth to our salmon. And it inspires our art!”

Judy’s office is taking place in the New Westminster Cultural Crawl on August 13 and 14, and the photos in the gallery below as well as other photos will be on display at her office at 737 Sixth St. They are also featuring the work on Terry Aske, an amazing quilt artist, who incredibly, has quilted a map of New Westminster I cannot wait to stop by and see. She recently had a statement in the House with a bit more info about her participation in the Crawl.

Photo Essay: Joy and Misery

We have a very special photo essay for this month. In fact, it is two essays combined into one.  New West newcomer Olga Zamudio is tackling our monthly theme, Joy, and her husband Alejandro Mejía, offers the counter-theme, Misery. My thanks to Olga and Alejandro for contributing.

If you are interested in contributing a photo essay for future months, check out the submission guidelines and the upcoming themes.


Olga has changed (briefly) the beakers and pipettes for diapers and bottles and using this time to explore her passion for science communication. Enjoys the life in Uptown where everything is within walking distance. You can see more of her photos on her Flickr account, Eclecctica.



Alejandro (or Jubilo) uses his time taking photos and using transit. His brain works in three languages. Born and raised in Mexico City, Lower Mainland resident since 2011. His Flickr account, Jublio Haku is here.

Photo Essay: Stillness

Kevin McConnell has submitted Photo Essays here to Tenth before and we are grateful he continues to submit. This month’s theme was movement, and Kevin has opted to give us his take on the counter theme, Stillness. Thank you again Kevin!

If you’d like to submit a photo essay, we are now booking for August, and we’d love to hear from you.