You've got to put in a bit of effort to get to Siwash Rock. This lone basalt outcropping, which is far more resistant to erosion than the sandstone that otherwise surrounds it, is just west of the Lions Gate Bridge and very near the midpoint of the Stanley Park seawall. Though it's housed artillery and searchlights in the past, today the rock has essentially reverted to what it was before the European tidal wave swept into British Columbia. What really struck me about it wasn't the lone tree at the top of the rock, but the tufts and clumps of grass along the sheer sides; constantly subject to the roaring winds coming off the Pacific, but still gamely hanging on for the pure sake of survival.
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