The word "zeitgeist" is the focus for the entire post. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary tells me it represents the "intellectual, moral and cultural climate of an era." Wikipedia describes it as "the spirit of the age or spirit of the time." I'm hoping one of those definitions will seem appropriate to you as you look through my post.
There are four sections to the post: Feel free to read only one of them.
1. Cabin in the woods - Salt Spring Island
2. Mist and sun on the way to Beaver Lake, Vancouver
3. "Z" artists (3 of them)
4. Zither music
Cabin in the woods - Salt Spring Island
I came across this abandoned cabin one day while walking with Black Jack, but it was only on returning with Bill that I really came to think about the spirit of the time.
There was a light rain falling, and though I covered my camera, mist collected on the lens.
I think that added to the eerie feeling of going back in time.
The cabin was close to a cliff. It was a steep drop down to the water.
I took a step back for the bigger picture.
The moss on the other side of the roof had a healthy glow to it.
My camera's plastic rain-cover appeared at the top of this photo of the outhouse.
We wondered about the person(s) who may have lived in the cabin. We also had seen four or five deer during our walk, one of them a buck (photo in previous post), and that gave zany Bill the idea to give himself antlers. I was supposed to help position them correctly but was laughing too hard.
and that stayed with me even as we walked by the pond on the Salt Spring property.
Mist and sun on the way to Beaver LakeThe day picked up two of Vancouver's moods simultaneously. It felt both rare and familiar and a "this is my Vancouver" feeling stayed in my heart for the 6-hour (!) walk. The very first photo I took was of this Z-shape in the stone of the seawall. Oh.. but I forgot to show you..
In David Lam Park, the view changed..
with a turn of the head..
Seriously, the bright blue sky was just a head turn away.
The waves at the water's edge made great "Z" shapes..
and I did a distance shot so you could see how they formed.
I almost felt like a "real" artist..
with my captures of frost on leaves, seawall pebbles and zig-zag "Z's" in the waves.
I believe I could hang these next two images on my wall and enjoy them..
this wonderfully colourful couple,
a mystery fruit too high in a tree to touch..
and this spirit guidance paper boat were a few of the zillions of zeitgeist moments..
that infused zest into every moment of this walk.
A boy, perhaps about eight years old, admired this spirit boat with me. It was sitting on a rock and we looked at the feather, the wine glass, the carefully crafted flowers, the red wood in the frame.. it felt like such a treasure! His mother came along and kicked it into the water. The boy said quietly to her, "I don't think you should do that." "Why not?" she responded. "It is meant to float." A moral and cultural division in the generations, I wonder? I think I know what the boy was feeling. The boat had to choose its own path in remembering someone who had obviously been loved.
I continued on and found another spirit boat. This one was..
closed at each end, but I imagined the remembered treasures inside.
Sunset Beach.. a sculpture.. some cyclists who tried but couldn't ride the curve..
a couple of roses..
in the Stanley Park garden,
these brilliant berries at the side of the road,
and branch reflections by Beaver Lake - everything seemed like art..
barely able to wait..
for its expression.
And, Vancouver's bridges. The Lions Gate is so much a part of the..
I can only say the Zeitgeist idea was everywhere I looked.
Everywhere! Even under the Granville Bridge.
The video below shows a German man playing "Let it Be" on his zither. We have no choice, I think, but to let our culture.. our heritage.. be. It isn't something one plans but rather a part of all we have experienced.
"Z" artistsOssip Zadkine did this heartbreaking sculpture called "The Destroyed City."
She is pictured with her young husband on the left. The picture on the right shows Zadkine a year or so before he died. There is so much to know and understand about them, but I will leave you to check out the links if you hunger for more.
The last artist for this "Z" post is Moshe Ziffer (1902-1989). The photo is by John Phillips of Life Magazine. I love this quote about Phillips, found at the above link: John Phillips has been described as the "grand-godfather of photo-journalism, a master of lenses and multiple languages; elegant, exuberant and chrome-steel effectual, who has recorded in his own peripatetic way some of the freshest footprints of history." 
But, back to Moshe Ziffer. He and his wife bequeathed their Tel Aviv home to the university there, so that Israeli art could be documented. The work on the left can be found in the gardens by the house and the beautiful one on the right (unnamed, as far as I can find) is part of the gallery display in the house. Again, so much to know and understand, but I will leave you with what I hope feels like a taste for the zeitgeist of a few different time periods. Thank you so much for taking time to read any part of this. You can find other impressions of the letter "Z" by checking out the ABC Wednesday blog meme.