Postcards From Readers: Canada’s Pooley Angel

The photographer: Chris Allan of Sacramento

Behind the lens: I was fortunate enough to get up to Victoria, British Columbia, for a few days over break. Besides visiting a cousin I had not seen for a very long time, the other highlight was a walking photography tour of Ross Bay Cemetery. It is the oldest cemetery in Western Canada, a Victorian-era burial ground, with many famous Canadians buried in it. My favorite monument was the “Pooley Angel,” erected in memory of lawyer and politician Charles Edward Pooley in 1912. Over the years she has been vandalized many times, and she is rumored to cry during a full moon. I thought the cracks in her face looked like tears, and yet she seemed to exude a gentle, soft compassion.

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