Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Amazing SpiderWoman


No Photoshopping going on here... a few years ago during a Polar Bear Swim, due to a unique combination of angle and timing, I snapped this photo of a woman and her friend emerging from the frigid water.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Dressed for summer

The Lady in Red dressed for warm summer days...

On a recent ice cream cone trip to Victoria's Fishermans Wharf, I stopped in to see a face familiar to this blog, the Lady In Red.

She was dressed for the season with peach coloured hair and a very summery dress. And she was sporting her mandolin which I hadn't seen in awhile. As always, she looked lost deep in her thoughts...

Waiting for someone to ask her out?

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Moss Lady

The Moss Lady of Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, BC...

The Moss Lady in Victoria's Beacon Hill Park is part garden ornament, part art installation. The sleeping giant is 36 feet long and modeled after Mud Maid from Cornwall’s Lost Gardens of Heligan in England. You can learn more about her details and construction here.

Monday, August 22, 2016

This Sand That

One of the eye-catching sand sculptures at the Oceanside exhibition...

Parksville's highly popular Sand Sculpting Exhibition recently came to an end. This year the theme was 'Things with Wings' and it was entertaining to see the many ways in which that theme was interpreted.

The competitors were vying for $43,000 in prize money and a spot in the 2017 world championships in Dubai! Lots of sand there...


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Slick lines

A classic Caddy at a Parksville auto show...

The crisp clean lines of a vintage Cadillac at a recent Oceanside auto show...

Monday, August 15, 2016

Dionisio Discovered

Secret access to Dionisio Point Provincial Park...

Over the years on this blog, I've detailed my attempts to reach Dionisio Point Provincial Park at the north tip of Galiano Island.

All the literature I read indicated that it could only be reached via the ocean... that native reserves and private land prevented any means of reaching via Galiano itself.

This year I finally set foot in Dionisio... and it turned out to be as simple as driving down a private but seemingly abandoned private road. Locals appear to know of the road access but what happens on Galiano stays on Galiano it seems. They aren't sharing the secret with the outside world.

View from Dionisio Point Provincial Park toward the entrance to Trincomali Channel...
The entrance to Trincomali Channel at the north end of Galiano Island
Seals watching warily from rocks off the park's beach...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Movie Night on Galiano

Movie night on Galiano...
As one of the Southern Gulf Islands, Galiano lies just off of Vancouver Island's east coast. Despite its physical proximity though, in many ways it exists in a past decade.
Galiano's sole cinema consists of a sandwich board advertising the once-a-week movie beside the main road outside the local community hall.

It's a long way from the high tech giant IMAX 3D screens and surround-sound audio of the Victoria multiplexes, complete with their bright and noisy concessions and video arcades.

Galiano's community hall / movie theatre...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Montague Sunset

The sun sets over Montague Harbour Provincial Park on BC's Galiano Island...

Montague Harbour Provincial Park on Galiano Island is a great place to gather with wine and good friends and family to watch the sun go down over Salt Spring Island to the west.