Tuesday, April 29, 2014

On clear day, you can see forever...

... or at least as far as Mt Baker in Washington State on the mainland from Gonzales Park in the Victoria.

Turning about ninety degrees it's possible to see the spires of Craigdarroch Castle above the trees.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


I am sailing, 
stormy waters, 
to be near you, 
to be free.

So sang Rod Stewart.

On this particular day off Ogden Point, stormy waters were nowhere to be seen... Lots of sunshine did bring out sailors who were content to let nature do most of the work as well as those who were happy enough to dip a paddle and do the work themselves.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Coming and going

On a recent sunny day the approaches to and from Victoria harbour entrance are busy with all sorts of marine traffic.

The Coho ferry is a familiar site as it arrives from the American city of Port Angeles in Washington state. At the same time, a pleasure craft exits the harbour...

Meanwhile, around the corner of the Ogden Point beacon, one of the popular whale watching tours kicks up a rooster tail as it races to catch up with the marine mammals against the backdrop of the peaks of Washington State...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nuthin' finer...

Warm sun, blue water
A good friend for company...
You DID bring the beer?

I really think there's nothin' quite so fine 
As lettin' the sun rejuvenate your mind

This past weekend warm weather drew the crowds down to the Victoria waterfront. Off the Ogden Point breakwater one fisherman gets his casts in...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

An explorer is never lost...

-- Photo: Mike Laplante -- Saturna Island
I don't know if he was the original author, but I first heard this quote from Vic Lindal.

Risk is about going beyond your comfort zone into the realm of the unknowable. That's also the very definition of exploration.

Risk is about exposing yourself, feeling uncomfortable or awkward.

Exploring is about adventure, discovering new things, opening up possibilities, boldly going where no one has gone before...

So instead of 'I'm not comfortable with the risk' it should be 'hey, let's go exploring!'

Get your Captain Kirk on and seek out those strange new worlds, baby...