Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Volcano!!!

Mt. Baker... could it erupt today!?
Mt. Baker peaks over the horizon...
On a clear day under the right atmospheric conditions, it's possible to see Mt. Baker from various locations in and around Victoria.

Mt Baker is located in Washington State in the Cascades. Not a lot of Victorians realize that it is an active volcano. It hasn't erupted in about 7000 years, but that's not to say it won't happen again.This photo above was taken a few days ago from the top of nearby Christmas Hill on a  nearly cloudless day.

One of my favourite photos of the mountain was taken several years ago (below) from the top of our own mountain, the Malahat, looking across Saanich Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

View from the Malahat summit...
View of the Saanich peninsula

Monday, April 22, 2013

A spider's art

Moisture highlights a spider's fragile web.
A contradiction... fragile yet strong...
A spider's web heavy with early morning dew...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What do you call a group of cormorants?

A clutch of cormorants on Swan Lake...

What do you call a group of cormorants? Google tells me that a group of cormorants is known as a 'gulp'.

However, I'm going to call it a 'clutch' because I like the alliteration. It's a clutch of cormorants.

The Swan Lake cormorants are not permanent residents. They seem to appear for a few weeks in the spring before disappearing for the rest of the year. I assume that it has something to do with laying eggs, possibly somewhere where gulls and eagles aren't a threat, but I'm no expert.

Notice the one nearest to me giving me the stink eye...

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Cormorants in the mist...

Cormorants enjoy the company of each other at sunrise...

Two cormorants keep company in at sunrise over Swan Lake...

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Sunrise over Swan Lake

Sunrise over Swan Lake

7 a.m. The sun rises over Swan Lake in Saanich and a solitary cormorant spreads its wings to catch the warmth...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mobile

Mobile art installation at Victoria International Airport, BC...

If you ever find yourself in the arrivals section of Victoria's airport waiting for a loved one, glance overhead. You'll see this airy mobile slowly drifting back and forth.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Alien artifacts?

Sculpture outside the main entrance to the Victoria Airport departures termincal...
No, not some alien radio satellites...

Recently while waiting for my wife at the Victoria airport, I killed some time taking photos. "Bouquet of Memories" is an art installation by artist Illarion Gallant outside the entrance to the departures gate. The giant brightly coloured flowers normally cheer people up but on this particularly grey day, they were just dark silhouettes against the sky so I went for a different look instead.

I met Illarion some years ago in a shared public speaking class. He was an interesting guy to listen to... very unpretentious but his language was very lyrical and engaging. His work can be found throughout Victoria.