Friday, December 30, 2016

Welcome to a New Year...

Have a surreal 2017!
Look for the magic to happen in the New Year!
Here's hoping that 2017 is weird for you and that you find love in all the strange places!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Like no one is watching...

Dance like you just don't care (what people think of you)...
Graceless...without rhythm... 
Who dances so awkwardly? 
Every white guy 😏
Unabashedly, free of self-consciousness -- and timing -- this guy gamely tried to bust out some air guitar moves to the music during a fall downtown street festival in Victoria.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas ball

Tidal treasures on Parksville's main beach...
A colourful Christmas treasure...
During our first ski weekend of the season, my wife and I found ourselves beach combing in search of Tidal Treasures. It's a winter/spring tourist promotion event in nearby Parksville in which glass balls are hidden along local beaches.

We poked around the main beach in front of our condo for about forty-five minutes, not really expecting to find anything. Just as we were about to quit, I decided to look in the end of a hollowed out piece of driftwood. I gently kicked a pile of dead leaves aside. In the dark, wet mass I caught a glimpse of a smooth dark shape.

My wife was ecstatic. Her favourite colour is amethyst, the colour of the ball. Furthermore, the ball was marked with a red star which entitled us to a further prize of a gift coupon at a local restaurant.

The glass ball is the work of local artist Robert Held. It now has a place of honour in our living room.

The treasure hunt has been attracting people up and down the island to local beaches. We felt bad -- just a little -- for the nearby family who had apparently spent a couple of hours at the beach looking for one of the treasures.

Our amethyst Christmas ball...
Details of our amethyst Christmas ball...


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Lights, trucks and rain...

Greater Victoria's annual Lighted Trucks Parade...
The bright lights of the annual Lighted Trucks Tour
pass through Saanich on a wet Saturday night
Aside from the Santa Claus Parade, the other big annual event that marks the season is the Lighted Trucks Parade. On this particular Saturday a few weeks ago, it was raining -- our cross to bear in this part of the country. However, the wet streets enhanced the colourful glow of the trucks so there was that...

Monday, December 19, 2016

Least effective camouflage...

Such bright blue feathers! 
Hiding among yellow leaves? 
You silly bird brain!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Yippee-kai-yay melon farmer!

The official Die Hard colouring book...
Bruce Willis... What IS the colour of badass?
Die Hard is THE classic 80s action-thriller. Bruce Willis starred as wise-cracking New York cop, John McClane, who must single-handedly take out the Euro-trash and kick them to the curb.

The movie created an entire movie genre; that of the heavily-outnumbered lone hero trapped behind 'enemy lines' (ocean liner, train, commercial airliner) who has to use his wits to evade and defeat the villain(s).

There are those who consider the movie a Christmas movie and there are the others who are wrong. In our house, it's required viewing at Christmas.

A few weeks ago, strolling through the local Walmart, I came across the official Die Hard colouring book! It's faithful to the movie, but does feature some tongue-in-cheek puzzles and games. An example -- seen in the right-hand side above -- challenges you to act as the TV network censor and substitute creative alternatives for the movie's explicit language.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Winter in Victoria? Snow big deal...

Red holly berries stand out against the fresh snow...
Red berries, white snow...
Victoria was recently hit with a burst of snow. It didn't last long. Just long enough that we can feel a small fraction of the pain that colder parts of the country go through.

The good news is that it's shaping up to be an awesome ski season.

Buddha still laughing in the snow...
Our garden Buddha is all good with the white stuff...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Featured Photographer: Nadav Kander

Donald Trump, Time magazine's Person of the Year...

I periodically feature the work of other photographers in this blog. I haven't done it in a long time, but this recent article inspired me to feature this image by Nadav Kander.

Initially, I was stupefied when Time magazine announced Donald Trump as their man of the year. However the article below completely changed my mind.

Why Time’s Trump Cover Is a Subversive Work of Political Art http://forward.com/culture/356537/why-times-trump-cover-is-a-subversive-work-of-political-art/

This article reminded me that the art and power of photography has really been cheapened in these days of digital photography and ubiquitous phone cameras.

There are undoubtedly some powerful photographs out there, but they are increasingly hard to find under the detritus of selfies that are filling up hard drives and servers everywhere.

Never before have we had so many means to document our times for our children and their children. Yet we increasingly turn our cameras toward ourselves in this act of digital masturbation, instead of turning them around to record the history that is passing by around us. It's depressing to think that this increasing self-absorption is blinding us to our crumbling planet.

Friday, December 9, 2016

No need to check YOUR privilege, Kris...

Santa appears during Victoria's Christmas parade...
Santa waves to his fans at the recent Victoria Christmas parade.
Santa Claus is probably the only old white guy who ISN'T vilified by the usual spectrum of left-leaning whiners.

Santa's biggest fans...
Santa's biggest fans...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dodgy...

Sketchy overhead wiring seen in Bucerias, Mexico...
Look up! Overhead!
Gordian knot of wiring
Looks sketchy to me...
Time for a haiku... I'm pretty sure this wiring, seen in the village of Bucerias near our resort in Mexico, doesn't meet any sort of electrical code.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Nature's sketchbook

Nature's sketchbook...
Believe it or not, not a special effect...
While walking the beach at Nuevo Vallarta, I was struck by the patterns produced in the sand by the surf. If you look at it 'upside down', i.e. inland rather than toward the water, it resembled this sketch-like effect of a forest of trees.

You can see them in the wide-angle view below for a better idea of how they are created.

Sky, surf and sand...
Sky, surf and sand meet...

Friday, December 2, 2016

Red sky at night

The sun sets over the bay at Puerto Vallarta...
The awesome end-of-day view from the rooftop tapas bar...
What's a tropical vacation without iconic sunsets?

A staff spinner catches some end-of-day twirls...
Twirling at the end of the day...
The fellow to the left was a daily visitor to the beach where he would practice his staff spinning.