Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wayback Wednesday: Oregon Redux

A sea stack glows in the morning sunrise of the Oregon coast.
"It's a beautiful day."
The wildfires that have burned through BC this past summer have forced my wife and I to ditch our original plans to tour the southern routes of the province.

Instead, we've decided to return to Oregon like we did two years ago when the photo above first appeared in this blog. At that time the fires burning in Oregon and northern California had left much of the state shrouded in smoke.

This year there are fires again burning throughout Oregon -- thank you for that global warming! 😠 -- but less so than BC. So our plan is to stick to the coast and get further south than we did last time. We may even make it to northern Cali, who knows?

Monday, August 28, 2017

All style, no speed...

An eye-catching car for sale in Victoria...
Not a car for the shy types...
A Citroen 2CV waits for a new owner on a Victoria side street...

Google tells me that the 2CV has an engine size of only 375 cc which is smaller than a lot of motorcycles. As a result you can't use this car to go anywhere fast... it's top speed is 65 kph, barely faster than my little 50 cc scooter.

But, that will give pedestrians more time to admire the colourful paint job as a you whiz wheeze past them...

Friday, August 25, 2017

"Life...uh, finds a way..."

A single tree grows defiantly in a hostile environment...
Plant your flag wherever you can...
The title of this post is a quote from Jurassic Park uttered by Jeff Goldblum as mathematician Ian Malcolm.

It nicely encapsulates the situation of this isolated single tree growing out of the remains of an old log upended in a Vancouver Island lake.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wayback Wednesday: Halo

A sea-dog frames early morning walkers near Tofino...
Beach combers framed by a white rainbow near Tofino, BC...
First published Jul 5, 2014...

I wasn't able to get any photos of the recent partial solar eclipse that crossed Canada coast to coast, so this past photo of unusual atmospherics will have to do instead.

Technically, this is known as a fog bow. It occurs when the sun is at your back as you face a bank of fog. Wikipedia tells me that mariners call them 'sea-dogs' which is a more colourful, if ambiguous expression.

This was taken during an early morning stroll along Tofino's Mackenzie beach.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Colourful chalk art on Victoria's Moss St...
Art is where you make it...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Exclusive

You're not welcome here unless you're one-half of Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice...
I guess Ted and Carol aren't welcome either...
During a recent outing to Salt Spring Island, we came to this sign at the end of a road that we were exploring.

What makes Bob and Alice so special that they are welcome while the rest of us have to shove off?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Incinerator Rock

Long Beach's Incinerator Rock...
No Statue of Liberty here...
Last month I saw the movie War for the Planet of the Apes. Much of the movie was filmed in BC, including Long Beach here on Vancouver Island.

Incinerator Rock is a Long Beach landmark. My wife and I have surfed this part of the beach many times. You can see it make an appearance in the movie in this Youtube video.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Don't look too closely...

That is scrap metal tacked to a pole, right?
If you go down to the woods today, you're in for a big surprise.
When I first came across this art exhibit in the gloomy forest floor of Tofino's Botanical Gardens, I had a "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" moment... I thought these posts were topped with skins of some sort.

Turns out they were just chunks of twisted and rusting scrap metal. I think. To be honest, I didn't confirm that.

Friday, August 11, 2017

VAN-couver Island memorial

The decrepit remains of a VW bus at Tofino's Botanical Gardens...
A memorial to simpler times...
The remains of the first hippie-filled VW van to reach Tofino can be found being overtaken by the local Botanical Gardens...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Banana float


Who doesn't love a good deal? I've been on the lookout for a portable watercraft of some sort that my wife and I can take on the road.

I posted an ad on our local used goods website with a plea to anyone who had a boat to sell. A very nice woman named Joan responded and sold me this inflatable kayak for a mere $150. It normally sells for a $1000!

My wife and I tested it recently in Saanich Inlet and it passed with flying (yellow) colours. Quick to set up, easy to paddle... and one nifty feature it has is clear panels in the floor of the boat allowing you to see what's passing by underneath as you paddle.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Bone Dry

Dehydrated to the extreme...
Dehydrated to the extreme!
Much of our province is in flames right now as wildfires rage across the central and southern parts. The smoke has been drifting westward. As a result skies over Victoria have been hazy, resulting in a soft orange sunlight throughout the day.

On days like this, it's best to do what our little friend here at Fishermans Wharf has done and stay inside in the shade.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Smoke on the water...

A dim sun rises over Swan Lake in Saanich, BC...
... Fire in the sky...
The smoke from wildfires raging in the BC interior has drifted west, resulting in haze and a sun that glows orange throughout the day.

At this point, we are re-thinking our summer vacay plans. Originally, we were going to drive and camp across southern BC. But with so many parks and roads closing, and smoke everywhere, suddenly a return to Oregon is looking much more appealing.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Stones and waves

A gathering of inuksuks...
A gathering of inuksuks...
Visitors along a Long Beach trail have left a monument of stone Inuksuks along one of the massive rocks on the beach.

Columns of rocks created by beachcombers...
What beachcombers do for fun...