Monday, March 27, 2017


A cat weighs the odds of a goose fight...
"If I pull this off, I will eat like a king!"
Walking through Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, I came across this encounter between a cat and two Canadian geese.

The cat looked like it was weighing its odds of success at taking down a goose. By contrast, the geese looked completely undisturbed by the cat.

It's hard to say who would win such a battle. The geese have the advantage of size and numbers. But Youtube is full of videos of cats successfully taking on much larger animals such as alligators and bears.

This encounter came to a peaceful conclusion as the cat decided to move on to easier targets.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Mayfair Dolls

A living dress of colourful flowers...
A colourful display of mannequins decked out in dresses and gowns made from real flowers attracted a crowd of photographers recently in a nearby mall.

A mannequin gestures dramatically at Mayfair Mall.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I did not see that coming...

Clairvoyant meeting cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances...
Seen on the marquee of a local real estate company...

Monday, March 20, 2017


Swan Lake and its nature sanctuary...
Swan Lake and its nature sanctuary in Saanich ...
This oasis of lush green forest around Swan Lake hides the fact that just behind it all is the city of Saanich with all its highways, traffic and increasing high density housing.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

On high alert...

"I can HEAR you, you know!"
This grey heron at nearby Swan Lake was so intent on something in the bush that it didn't react to my presence at all.

Monday, March 13, 2017

He ain't lion...

One of the sculptures at Royal Roads University in Colwood, BC...
Lion king on watch at Royal Roads University
Okay, mebbe he is.

In fact, he's one of the lions that guards the steps down to Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University in nearby Colwood on Vancouver Island.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Some like it Hoth

Alien snow formations on Mt. Washington...
Strange formations on Mt. Washington...
At Mt Washington's peak, thick layers of snow create organic alien shapes...

And, if you get the reference of this post's title, the pop-culture is strong with you.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Milan SL

The eye-catching Milan SL...
The sleek Milan SL...
Unlike the 67-X mentioned in my previous post, I would rather see something like the Milan SL become the "car" of the future.

I encountered this one on a recent trip up island. The Milan is a velomobile, essentially a recumbent tricycle encased in an eye-catching aerodynamic fiberglass frame. This provides the driver with protection from the elements and even has some luggage space in behind.

Although the driver of this particular version was nice enough to stop and give me a quick look at it, including the interior, it was clear that he was impatient to move on. Probably because I was asking the same questions that he has answered dozens of times already.

Monday, March 6, 2017


The futuristic looking 67-X...
The future is back!
This is a 67-X. Sweet-looking, isn't it, in a sort of future-through-the-past-lens way?

You've never heard of a 67-X? That's because there were only four built back in 1967. They were designed by George Barris, the creator of the 60s Batmobile. They were specially commissioned to mark Canada's Centennial.

This is the only one to have survived this long. It's currently on loan from a private collector and on display in the lobby of the Royal BC Museum.

It's built on a stretched Oldsmobile Toronado frame and features interior swivel seats, a writing table, a picnic cooler and two tape decks.

Friday, March 3, 2017

The results are in...

Testing out skiblades on the mountain...
A couple of weekends ago I had the chance to test my thrift store short skis (aka snow blades or skiboards). It was an odd experience.

Going downhill they required a wider and higher stance than I'm normally used to, but otherwise weren't much different from normal skis. There was a lot of 'chatter' from my left skiboard, probably because they weren't waxed at all and it was sticking.

On the flats though, they were much easier than normal skis once I started to skate with them. Sometimes it was easier to just walk with them. THAT felt odd... lifting and putting my foot down without banging the heel of a ski against the ground.

I also dabbled at skiing down the hill backward, best achieved with a skating motion.

The biggest fun came from the fact I was free to move my hands about unencumbered by ski poles.

I hope to try them out again soon with some proper wax applied to them.