Monday, July 30, 2018

The Signs of Fan Tan Alley

Not for the wide of waist...
Mysterious and colourful Fan Tan Alley...
Colourful signs overhead line Victoria's Fan Tan alley in Chinatown...

According to Wikipedia, it is the narrowest street in Canada. At its narrowest point it is less than a yard wide.

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Inevitability of Rust

An ancient relic in a Metchosin, BC yard...
An ancient car succumbs to rust...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Wayback Wednesday: Landscapes

As we enjoy some camping adventures -- with photos to follow eventually -- enjoy some past landscapes, including many of our assorted travels abroad.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Vee Dub

Rusted out Love Bug in Metchosin, BC...
A classic VW succumbs to time and the elements in Metchosin, BC...

Friday, July 20, 2018

A Tale of Two Totems

If you cycle into Victoria over the Selkirk Trestle, you'll eventually pass these two towers.

One is a traditional totem pole that stands silent, but commemorates the culture of our local Native Americans.

The other totem is electronic and it blinks and flickers to commemorate and register the number of daily cyclists

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018

Attack of the Giant Cephalopod

Driftwood octopus...
Cthulhu emerges...
On the beach at Port Renfrew sits this piece of driftwood looking vaguely like a giant octopus with its tentacle-like roots.

You might be thinking: "Well that's ridiculous. Octopuses live in sea water. They can't crawl around on land."

Guess again... and try not to think of one of these critters crawling out of the deep looking for a meal.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Less is more

Catching water at Jordan River...
Catching water at Jordan River...
As I continue to try my hand at paddleboard surfing, I've learned that going after the biggest, baddest waves I can find is not always the best tactic for improving my skills.

Most often that just leads to me being dumped in the water and thrashed around by the froth. Instead, I've started to appreciate smaller waves of the sort seen here. I can actually stay on the board which is ultimately the only way I'm going to learn new skills.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wayback Wednesday: It just looks like an optical illusion...

Once upon a time in the west...
Tiny town...
This boarded up frontier structure is a bit of an optical illusion. It's actually only about seven feet high, part of a miniature faux western ghost town attraction not far from Kamloops, BC.

The bare hills around Kamploops are reminiscent of the terrain associated with South Dakota and parts of the the American West. In fact, this photo was taken in the middle of winter and only twenty minutes earlier we had been driving through a snow covered landscape.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Bird brain

A hummingbird relaxes while it feeds...
Chilling at the nectar bar...
Do birds realize that we put food out for them? Or do they think: "Ha! Those stupid monkeys forgot to take in their seeds and nectar again!"

Friday, July 6, 2018

Brentwood Bay

View of Saanich Inlet from the patio of Seahorses Cafe...
Saanich Inlet and the Malahat mountain...
Brentwood Bay is a cute little village on Saanich Inlet. It has magnificent views of the Malahat mountain on the other side of the saltwater inlet. We periodically like to enjoy a meal on the outdoor patio of a favourite restaurant, Seahorses Cafe.

Coming and going from the Brentwood Marina...
Brentwood Bay marina traffic...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Fishing at the Edge of the World

A heron on the hunt at Wittys Lagoon in Metchosin, BC...
A modern dinosaur stalks its prey...

Monday, July 2, 2018

Happy Birthday to Us

Canada celebrates its 151st birthday...
Canada celebrates 151...
These might be dark times for Canada with events unfolding on the world stage, but, when times call for celebration, we know how to do it right...

Canadians gather to watch their fellow Canadians play ladder golf in the street...
 Canadians cheer on their fellow Canucks
playing Ladder Golf on Canada Day...