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...


Monday, December 19, 2016

Least effective camouflage...

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

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.