5:20 AM Trikalajna-Das makes an offering of incense to the Tulasi tree. Student monks, or brahmacari, wear the safron dhoti and must take a vow of celibacy, although they can later get married. A typical monk’s day begins with meditation at 4:30 in the morning and lasts until nine or ten at night. After prayers, some go to regular jobs, some have duties around the temple, some study and some go out chanting in the community.
Since the NewsLeader moved its office to the foot of Byrne Road, along the Fraser foreshore, I’ve shot the cranberry harvest almost annually. Usually it’s raining. But on this Saturday morning as I was heading in for my shift, the early sun was spectacular, bathing the bogs in a golden glow. My first scheduled assignment would have to wait.
Let’s face it, Derek Corrigan will never be on the cover of GQ magazine. But this is his second election-night appearance in my yearly photo reviews. I spied this young man getting his cellphone ready as I beckpedaled in front of the mayor upon his arrival at his victory party. I had a feeling I knew what was about to happen, so reframed to be ready for it. He didn’t let me down.