Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sand Sculptures

North of Victoria, BC the community of Parksville hosts an annual sand sculpture competition for four weeks every summer. It’s a scaled down event from its glory days in the 1990s, but it but still attracts world class competition.

Each year there is a theme to the event – this year’s theme was music, but inexplicably it inspired some macabre creations.

Check out the one to the left. It appears to show something resembling a swollen insect larva worming its way out of a mouth (Dear God, I hope that's a mouth!) and into an ear.

What the hell is that about?

Below the sculpture ‘Final Note’ takes the theme in a morbid direction to remind children that death is the final 'swan song' for all of us. For a few more images check out this page

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Sidney's popular pirate sculpture keeps his one eye trained on the vessels off the Sidney waterfront on a recent sunny day.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rock the Shores

For the past three days, the local community of Colwood was host to Rock the Shores, an annual outdoor rock festival that got its start three years ago.

We had free tickets to the third day of the event. BC was in the third or fourth day of a province-wide heatwave, so the organizers kept things cool with water stations, outdoor misting stations and water sprays for the mosh pit in front of the stage.

The local organizers, Atomique Productions, deserved a huge shoutout for the event. Everything from parking and bike lockups, entry gates, on site vendors, security and rules to prevent drugs and booze -- and the usual loud, aggressive jerks that go with it -- getting in, cooling stations... all of it was impressively organized and managed.

The music was a mix of classic bands and new music, most of it solid rock. Only one concession to a rap number that had the crowd loving it.

South African band The Kongos

Faux celebrity sighting in the audience: Jason Statham

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fun, sun, fog and a dog on a West Coast beach

There is something calming about ocean surf, particularly first thing in the morning with the sun low in the sky. Oceans exist on a much longer time scale than we do. Because of that they remind you that your worries and concerns don't even register in the grander scheme of things... so relax and enjoy the moment.

On this particular morning on a Tofino beach, a low lying mist rendered everything in muted shades of blue and grey so that this woman stood out in her bright pink fleece top.

Below a sun star finds itself beached at low tide... and making tracks, presumably to find the water.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tofino humour

Tofino cemetery and no coast in sight...

Y'know what's ironic?


Seen in Tofino.