Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Watcher

Moai is the name given to the enigmatic statues of Easter Island in the Pacific. Typically each statue is about 13 feet high and weighs about 14 tons each.

It is estimated these statues were carved about a thousand years ago. How they were carved and moved to their present locations on the island is unknown although the best guess is that they were 'walked' across the terrain. Similar to how we would move a piece of heavy furniture in our house.

I wonder what the first Europeans thought of them when they first arrived on the island? Did they evoke unease, superstition? 

They were a big part of author Erich von Daniken's 'Chariots of the Gods' theory that suggested they were inspired and/or engineered by alien visitors to earth. The primitive cultures that came into contact with these aliens revered them as gods and expressed that awe through carvings and statues.

THIS sentinel watches visitors from the fountain pool of Victoria's Butterfly Gardens and was featured not long ago in this blog here.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Ancients

Looking like some combination of wood and stone, this is one of the tortoises at Victoria's Butterfly Gardens...

Tortoises have walked -- slowly -- across the face of the earth since the age of dinosaurs-- 200 million years.

They are also among the longest-living animals on earth. The oldest tortoise ever recorded, and one of the oldest individual animals ever recorded, was Tu'i Malila, which was presented to the Tongan royal family by the British explorer Captain Cook shortly after its birth in 1777. Tu'i Malila remained in the care of the Tongan royal family until its death by natural causes on May 19, 1965, at the age of 188.

Jonathan, a Seychelles giant tortoise living on the island of St Helena is 182 years old and may well be the current oldest living animal on Earth.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Purply

delicate purple
but it is not yet spring here
victoria rocks!
I know nothing about flowers but I'm pretty sure these are crocuses. I tweaked this photo various ways to try to 'improve' on it, but came to realize that it had an almost painterly quality as is so I did nothing to it except to re-size it.

These were growing in front of our local municipal hall.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Lonely Puppet

Wait... did that thing just move?
Wait... did that thing just move ever so slightly?!
What's a lonely dummy to do on a rainy day in Chemainus but stare creepily out the window at the people passing by?

Some people get weirded out by clowns... for me, it's ventriloquists' dummies. They watch you with wide, dead unblinking eyes, waiting patiently for you to fall asleep, so they can slip into the kitchen and grab that butcher's knife with your name on it...