Friday, July 29, 2016

Little Deuce Coupe

One of the cars on display at Northwest Deuce Days...

Last weekend Victoria played host to the Northwest Deuce Days car show, an event that only occurs here once every three years.

Eleven hundred classic cars descended on Victoria from all over North America. On the day of the event, it was estimated that 100,000 people came by to 'ooh' and 'aah' over the colourful automobiles.

It was simply too crowded for me to be able to take photos of the cars without spectators stepping in front of the camera. Instead I decided to focus on the small details of each car...

Eye-catching license plate holder...

Eye-catching licence plate frame...

A demonic hood ornament...

The details are in the devil...


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Busk a gut

Buskers The Silver Starlets...

The Silver Starlets

Recently Victoria hosted its annual Busker Festival. Since it's inception only a few years ago, it has become one of the must-do summer activities for locals and visitors. Our great weather and enthusiastic crowds are popular with buskers too... some of them are semi-regulars who have returned for multiple visits.

This year we took in The Silver Starlets and crowd favourite FlameOz. I even got to make my stage debut as an assistant at the prompting of Australian juggler Kate Wright.

Australian juggler Kate Wright...

Joining Kate Wright on stage...

Australian firespinners FlameOz...


Monday, July 25, 2016

Magic Monday: Cranes

Working cranes rise up from Esquimalt's drydocks...

The crane is the official bird of nearby Esquimalt's dockyards...

Friday, July 22, 2016

The People's Wagon...

Recently my wife and I met friends at a VW car show. For me, cars are just a form of transportation, but I do appreciate and admire the work of auto enthusiasts.

Split rear windows adorn a restored VW Bug.

This Bug had a unique split rear window that enhanced its retro vibe.

My acquaintance explained that awards are given for best 'props' which explains the roof rack piled high with period pieces on this restored VW travel wagon. It evokes images of family road trips across the landscapes of 50s-era America.

Props piled high on a restored VW van...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Trippin'

Ganges resident inventor Palu Rainbow Song...

My wife and I recently spent a weekend camping on nearby Salt Spring Island, one of the southern Gulf Islands. Salt Spring is known for its retro/boho/beatnik vibe. It's populated by aging hippies, funky artists and wealthy retirees.

This fellow is Palu Rainbow Song. Palu seems to be a regular on the streets of the main village of Ganges. His deal is that he demonstrates his invention, the Solar Meditation Bow as a way to sell them. Even if you don't buy one, he's happy to accept "contributions" for his demo.

The spinning gizmo actually does produce a trippy light show behind your closed eyes, an effect enhanced by the didgeridoo that he plays in your ear.

Tuning into higher consciousness with the Solar Meditation Bow...

Friday, July 15, 2016

Burstin' with Pride

He's REALLY happy to be a unicorn.
This guy seems REAL happy to be a unicorn...
More photos from last weekend's Pride Parade...

Unicorn dude's horn is swinging more than a little to the right in the photo to the left.

Ballloons, balloons, balloons...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Let's Get Beyond Traditional (LGBT)

Least intimidating superhero costume...

Last weekend my wife and I enjoyed Victoria's Pride Parade. I like it for the fact that it's relatively short compared to the much longer Victoria Day Parade.

It's colourful and a little bit edgy... some of the theme floats and costumes have a whiff of Mardi Gras to them.

What the world needs now...

Monday, July 11, 2016

Magic Monday: In flight...

Gulls in flight over Swan Lake in Saanich, BC...

A flock on the fly over Swan Lake in Saanich, BC...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Textures

Re-occurring textures in nature...

You might almost think the image above was some sort of high tech image of the left and right hemispheres of a brain with all its organic whorls and furrows.

The left half of the photo shows a cross-section of an Oregon seaside cliff that was revealed when part of the cliff gave way. It shows the enormous pressures that the layers of rock have been subjected to over a geologic time scale.

The right half is the texture of a weathered and sun bleached tree trunk flung up on a Vancouver Island beach. It too was formed over a long time scale as well though nowhere near as long as the rock formation.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Diver

Sculpture along the Sidney, BC waterfront...

One of the eye-catching sculptures pedestrians can find along the Sidney, BC waterfront path...

Monday, July 4, 2016

Magic Monday: Morning has broken

The main pier at Sidney, BC...

The eastern sky glows with the rich promise of a brand new day off Sidney, BC...

Friday, July 1, 2016

Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa

Sidney's seaside resort and spa...

I always stop to admire the look of the Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa whenever I walk the waterfront there. With its bright white/pale blue colour scheme, glass balconies and gentle curves it always reminds me of a cruise ship. Very apropos for a seaside resort town...

It's also home to the excellent Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, a must see for visiting tourists with its unique aquariums.