Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Waves and curves

Victoria's inner harbour... a wall of condos...
Victoria's inner harbour... a canyon wall of condos...
Over the decades, Victoria's waterfront has given way to numerous condo projects, all of them competing for prime waterfront views.

The ones in the foreground above were the original ones built several decades ago. With their faux-turrets and angled roofs, they were considered ugly even when they were first built.

I like the looks of the more recent ones in behind with their curves, glass and white colour schemes. In time though, I'm sure their looks will date them too.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Scary Monsters

Victoria... here be monsters!
Victoria, BC... Here be Monsters!
You'll find all sorts of strange beasts stalking and walking downtown Victoria...

Friday, January 26, 2018

Heceta Lighthouse

Heceta Lighthouse...
Lighting the way for over 100 years...
Heceta Lighthouse is just one of the 11 lighthouses that you can find along the length of Oregon's coastline.

It was originally built in 1892, restored and repaired in 2011 and re-opened as a tourist attraction in 2013.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Amazing Spider-Man

A couple enjoy a bench and warm sunshine in Laconnor, Washington...
A bench, warm sunshine and a nap = Nirvana
Strictly speaking, spiders have eight limbs, not six, as this guy appears to have as he snoozes on a bench in the warmth of the early morning sun.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Metaphorically speaking

An aging wooden structure on the Anacortes' waterfront...
Looking weathered...
This building looks like I feel sometimes at my age.

At first glance everything seems fine, but look more closely and you start to see things cracking, sagging and generally falling apart at the joints. 😕

Friday, January 19, 2018

Strange fruit

The things you find growing in trees...
Tennis balls... or mutant fruit? You decide...
During our summer road trip last year, we came across a stand of trees bearing fruit that appeared to resemble green tennis balls.

They were new to us... we took a photo and carried on.

Google is amazing. When we got back home, I wanted to discover the name of this tree/fruit. I wasn't sure what to type in Google when a friend suggested simply "tennis ball fruit".

Damn if it didn't work.

It turns out that these are osage orange trees. So there is your botany lesson for the weekend.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wayback Wednesday: A local landmark fades to black

The Colwood Inn awaiting its fate...
The Colwood Inn... RIP...😢
A couple of years ago, I reported on my re-discovery of the Colwood Inn.

The Inn is no longer as reported by this story last week in our local paper.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Favourite things

A bird with his shiny treasure...
A crow's gold...
This is a photo that had previously gone astray on my hard drive. It's one of the art installations that appeared throughout Oak Bay last summer.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Green and blue

Tangolunda Bay in front of the Dreams Resort in Huatulco...
Warm temperatures and blue-green water...
Huatulco, Mexico consists of nine bays. From the website of Dreams Resort:
"Set amongst lush jungle, soaring mountains, dazzling coral reefs and the picturesque Tangolunda Bay, Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa is a sanctuary of leisure and adventure." 
They ain't lying. The beach and the bay were fantastic, featuring fine sand and shimmering tropical water that splashed and sprayed off rock formations in the bay in dramatic fashion.

The fine sand beach of the resort...
Fine sand and warm water...

Monday, January 8, 2018

One minute at China Beach

Surfing on the south end of Vancouver Island is limited to a few rocky stretches to the west of Victoria.

China Beach is sandy but mostly ignored by surfers as the waves it produces aren't ideal. The exception is during winter storms when waves are better and when nearby surf spot Jordan River is too crowded. The downside is that the surging waters can often leave the water full of logs and debris that can cause serious injury as it rumbles back and forth with the water.

Friday, January 5, 2018


One of the many pools at the Dreams Resort...
Blue pools under blue skies...
During our stay in Huatulco in mid-November, we stayed at the Dreams Resort. The floors were constructed of some sort of slate tiles and, everyday, a good number of them needed replacing by the maintenance staff as they cracked frequently.

I have theory as to why this was which I will share in a later post. Otherwise the resort was airy and spacious, and the staff were very good at keeping our rooms clean, our bellies full of good food and our glasses filled with refreshing beverages.

The main entrance to Dreams Resort...
Dreams Resorts welcomes guests to the main lobby...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wayback Huatulco!

Hot times in Huatulco, Mexico...
Not as cold as Edmonton!!!
During the 2017 Christmas break, my wife and I drove to see family in Edmonton, Alberta. Temperatures were a mind (and body) numbing -20 C to -32 C during our stay. I did not take any photos during our time there simply because my fingers stopped working any time they were exposed to the open air.

It has been a colder-than-usual December for most of Canada and huge stretches of the United States. I prefer to reflect on warmer times, specifically, our fall vacation to Huatulco, Mexico. For the next few months, this blog will be jumping around geographically, to keep things fresh and interesting...

Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcome to 2018!

Ringing in 2018...
Here's to making new mistakes...
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.
You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.
-- Neil Gaiman