Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Mystic

The waterfalls of Mystic Beach on Vancouver Island...
Waterfalls at Mystic Beach on Vancouver Island...
On a recent and rare sunny winter day on Vancouver Island, many people caught their dose of Vitamin D on the beaches of south-west Vancouver Island, including Mystic Beach.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Eye of the beholder

Public art over the waterfront in La Connor, Washington...
Troubled fish?
I've previously mentioned that La Connor in Washington State is for art lovers. It features eye-catching public art such as these free spinning fish hovering over the main public jetty.

Are these salmon meant to be making a statement on the state of our rivers and waterways? Or are they simply meant to be whimsical?

Friday, February 16, 2018

(Not so) Little Qualicum Falls in winter

Miniature Little Qualicum Falls...
Little Qualicum Falls
After a recent ski weekend, and before we returned to Victoria from Oceanside, we took a trip out to see Little Qualicum Falls.

As expected, the falls were surging with extra volume as a result of the recent heavy winter rains.



Monday, February 12, 2018

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

A colourful street in La Crucecita
Colourful flowers line the street of La Crucecita.
Random stuff seen while strolling La Crucecita in Huatulco...

You have the admire the "truth in advertising" approach taken by the business below.

Gabriel is a wise owl indeed.
Who can argue with the wisdom of an owl?

Friday, February 9, 2018

On the waterfront

A harbour ferry approaches Victoria's Fishermans Wharf...
Fishermans Wharf dwarfed by condos...
Fishermans Wharf is as much a float home community as it is a tourist attraction. I've often wondered about the lifestyle of the float home owners. In the winter, I would not want to endure the incessant rain and the howling winter storms.

But, in the summer, it would be sweet to sit on your deck in and watch the harbour traffic go by such as the Coho ferry below. This particular view is the one that you would see from the deck of the brown float home in the middle of the photo above.

The Coho ferry passes Fishermans Wharf.
View from a float home...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A flock of cranes...

Numerous cranes over Esquimalt harbour...
Cranes at the ready in Esquimalt Harbour...
... are a testament to nearly Esquimalt BC's status as a ship repair facility.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Santa Cruz

A cruise ship nestled in the port of Santa Cruz...
A cruise ship pays a visit to Santa Cruz...
Strictly speaking Huatulco, Mexico refers to a region. Santa Cruz is the name of the port and is a destination for cruise ships.

The port isn't very big so on the day we saw this cruise ship from a hill overlooking the harbour, I wondered how they managed to shoehorn the vessel through the narrow mouth. Particularly, since the harbour is busy with tour boats, jet skis, paddle boarders and kayakers, etc.

Condos and hotels overlooking the main port...
Gleaming white hotels overlook the inner harbour at Santa Cruz...