Monday, March 26, 2018

White slopes, blue skies

As winter slides into spring, the snow on our local ski mountain is slowly turning soft. The good news though is that ski days are getting sunnier.

Friday, March 23, 2018

A tale of herring do

A gathering of gulls...
Gulls gather to gorge...
A few weeks ago in Parksville on Vancouver Island, the arrival of the herring run was the signal for fishing boats and seagulls to arrive in huge numbers.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

View from The Blue Crab

Victoria harbour at dusk...
The glow of lights on the water...

One of our favourite restaurants is Victoria’s Blue Crab Seafood House. Its previous name of The Blue Crab Bar and Grill didn't accurately reflect its fine dining atmosphere. It’s one of the pricier places in town which is why we don’t eat here often. However, the food is worth every penny. We’ve never had a bad experience here.

What makes it extra special is the view of the harbour from the large picture windows that make up one wall. As you eat, you are treated to the ever changing vista of a working harbour. Pleasure craft, water taxis, ferries, sea-planes, and kayaks keep things interesting. When we ate there last week, the glow of the lights on the water from the condo towers on the far side looked magical.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Funny Friday: Fast and Furious

Last week a friend and I were able to get back out on our stand up paddleboards on nearby China Beach to have a go at surfing.

The sun was warm and the water was... less so. Things didn't always go as planned.

Friday, March 9, 2018


Celebrating in Anacortes WA...
-- photo credit: L. Laplante

It's the weekend! Let's celebrate with dance!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Winged warrior

Hawk-eyed and ready...
Eagle-eyed sentry...
Often at resorts in tropical climates, the outdoor restaurants are magnets for local birds, usually crows or similar breeds. They are there to scavenge for free food. Often they are bold enough to land on tables and snatch any morsels they see.

This guy/gal at Dreams Resort in Huatulco was there to re-establish law and order in the avian world. Several times throughout the day, a handler would walk it around the grounds on his arm and unleash it to chase off unwanted winged beggars. Between shifts, s/he was content to sit on a corn cob perch stuck into the ground and pose for amused resort guests.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Laid back lizard

A friendly iguana entertains the crowds at a Huatulco restaurant...
Bored? Mellow? Irritated? Who can tell?
Visiting a local restaurant during our Huatulco vacay, we encountered this goodly sized iguana who would pose for pictures.

S/he seemed all good with being handled, but how would I know a pissed-off iguana if I saw one? Also, I'm not sure allowing an iguana into a restaurant to be handled by staff and patrons would pass hygienic muster here in Canada.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Snow Day

Snow day on the slopes of Mt. Washington...
Nothing but snow and shadows...
My wife and I are off for a weekend of skiing. This photo was taken about a month ago the day before a thick blanket of snow fell on our local ski mountain over a 24-hour period.

In fact, it got so thick that they had to close the mountain for a day. Roads to and from the top were closed, trapping some people at the resort overnight. The resort, however, stepped up to help and allowed visitors to sleep on the floor of the restaurant.

An adventure within an adventure...