Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wayback Wednesday: Wild Pacific

Ucluelet's rugged coastline...
The wild, wild west (coast)...
Ucluelet might not be as close to the surf action as Tofino, but it does feature some spectacular coastline scenery.

And it doesn't get much more spectacular than Ucluelet's Wild Pacific Trail that was first featured in this blog four years ago.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Ucluelet art

Raven Lady
"Raven Lady" by Mike Camp
Ucluelet is just down the road from the town of Tofino on the outer coast of Vancouver Island. Tofino gets all the love though for its proximity to Canada's best surf beaches.

Nonetheless, Ucluelet is deserving of its own respect. Not as close to the major surf spots, but it has more of a home town feel compared to Tofino which feels increasingly commercialized.

These roadside sculptures from artist Mike Camp grab your attention as you drive into town.

Sculpture Surfer Girl
"Surfer Girl" by Mike Camp

Friday, May 25, 2018

Camera Obscura

The paper lanterns in Chinatown's Fan Tan Alley appear to glow with lights from within.

It's a trick of the light... the overhead sun projects an image of itself through the small openings at the top of the lanterns.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Beer-ly drinkable

Victoria and Vancouver are home to many fine micro-breweries. My wife will often buy me sampler packs that will  typically feature six or a dozen different flavours.

I like some more than others, but I rarely actively dislike a beer. This beer is one of the exceptions. I took an initial swig without reading the label. The taste was not pleasant. I actually thought the beer had gone bad.

It comes from Stanley Park Brewing of Vancouver and is labelled as Salted Watermelon Sour... three things that should never be combined with each other... or beer.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Manic Monday: Multi-tasking

Juggling with style and a smile...
People will think you know what you're doing
as long as you do it with style and a smile...

Another week and it's time to start on all the myriad things that you have to do this week.

Remember to wear a smile and always be colourful!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Leapin' lizards

A cold-blooded lizard warms up in the sun...
Catching some UV rays on a sunny spring day...
Big animals like cougars, bears and wolves tend to get all the attention on Vancouver Island. The small critters like slugs and lizards tend to get overlooked, literally and figuratively.

I've seen this guy/gal several times in our front yard warming hisself/herself on the concrete fence that runs along our yard. S/he is small... maybe only five inches long and doesn't seem too threatened by our presence.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Waiting Game

Surfers versus paddle boarders...
Surfers versus paddle boarders... which group is having more fun?
This photo illustrates a point that I made in an earlier post. While surfers bob for long periods of time, waiting for that perfect set of waves to come in, paddle boarders get on with it and carry on surfing...

Friday, May 11, 2018

Hole in the Wall

Port Alberni's Hole in the Wall...
Water pours forth from Port Alberni's nifty feature...
As you descend into Port Alberni after crossing Vancouver Island, treat yourself to something sweet at Coombs Country Candy... perhaps one of their cones featuring their in-house ice cream.

Once you're done that, stroll across the highway -- being careful not to get turned into road kill -- hike down a path marked 'Hole In The Wall' for about ten minutes, and you will come across this unique formation.

It's all that remains of Port Alberni's original water main from 1967. It's possible to hike around to the far side as well.

Looking out from the other side of a hole...
The view from the far side of the hole...


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wayback Wednesday: Henrietta returns?

Henrietta plies the water of Victoria's inner harbour.

Hopefully, this summer will see the return of Henrietta and the other bus/boats of Victoria's Hippo Tours. A couple of years ago, the operation disappeared as the owners arranged for it to be moved to the Caribbean.

For whatever reason, the plan didn't work out and the next year, the popular tourist attraction returned to Victoria.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Sunny side up...

A harbour ferry pulls into Fishermans Wharf.
The Wharf welcomes warm weather...
Warm weather has settled into Victoria. Very soon we will see tourists start to gather at places such as Fishermans Wharf.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Philosophical Friday: Keep It Simple

A river rock beside the Sooke River has a simple message...
... but keep it free of solicitation and unwanted hugs...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Something borrowed / Something new / Something old / Something blue...

A tale of two bridges...
Victoria's bridges to the past and future...
Something borrowed: 

Victoria's new Johnson St bridge was originally estimated to cost about $40 million nine years ago. The lastest figures estimate that costs to date are more than $105 million.

Something new: 

The new bridge is the low-profile white bridge seen on the right hand side of this photo. It is a single-leaf bascule bridge that features much improved cycling and pedestrian lanes.

Something old / Something blue: 

All that remains of the original Johnson St. bridge is the structure that can be seen on the left. That will soon be removed and the old bridge will be consigned to the history books.

It was originally opened in 1924. It was designed by leading bridge designer Joseph Strauss who also designed the Golden Gate bridge in California.

In the late 70s, it was painted blue earning its alternate name as The Blue Bridge.