Monday, October 29, 2018

The Haunting

Whatever walked there, walked alone...
"Whatever walked there... walked alone..."
This Halloween season Netflix has been streaming The Haunting of Hill House, a one-shot 10-part series inspired by Shirley Jackson's creepy 1959 book.

In the series, Hill House looks very similar to local landmark Hatley Castle. Hatley Castle is familiar to some movie fans as the Mutant Academy in the X-Men and Deadpool movies.

Of course, any castle has to have its share of ghosts and Hatley Castle is no exception. I spent numerous nights sleeping in the castle back in the day when it was a military academy. I had my share of creepy encounters during those nights, but only one that I would consider to be truly supernatural. One was enough...

Friday, October 26, 2018

Arco

Arco's claim to fame...
Arco... City of Tomorrow...
Leaving behind Craters of the Moon, we were well and truly into the deserts of Idaho. We passed through the town of Arco whose claim to fame is that they were the first city to be totally lit with atomic power.

In researching Arco before we made our trip, I came across this odd X-Files-ish story on the website reddit. I'm not sure what to make of it. I can't say our experience was anything odd.

Arco tucked away in the desolation...
Arco... surrounded by desolation...

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Beach ogre

A creature of wood and stone...
Giving beachcombers a welcoming hand...
Looking like a refugee from a Lord of the Rings movie, this large sculpture of drift wood beckons beach combers along the Esquimalt Lagoon in Colwood...

The smile of a gentle giant...
The smile of a giant...

Monday, October 22, 2018

Desert dawn

Sun rays illuminate the horizon in Idaho...
A glorious dawn over the barren landscape...
 The sun rises over the Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho.

One way to illumination...
We're all going one way... let's hope there's a light at the end... 💀


Friday, October 19, 2018

I'll Be Watching You

Skull Wall near Treasure Island Hotel in Las Vegas..
The one who patiently waits for all of us...
"Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I'll be watching you
Oh can't you see 
You belong to me"

So sang Sting and the Police in the 1983. Was he singing about a lover stalking his ex... or something more existential?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Craters of the Moon

Remains of ancient volcanoes...
All that remains of ancient eruptions...
Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho is a surreal black landscape of ancient volcanic rock deposited in a wild variety of shapes and textures.

Trudging up a mountain of volcanic pumice...
Inferno Cone is a mountain of ground up pumice as black as pepper...
A stubborn tree grows at the top of Inferno Cone...
One tree hill...

Monday, October 15, 2018

Breathtaking


Idaho is a state that I tend to overlook when I think of breathtaking scenery.

That's really doing it a disservice because some of the scenery that we encountered caused us to stop and simply goggle at its scale. And we're from beautiful British Columbia where epic scenery is common!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Snake River

Hells Canyon straddles the Snake River far below...
Looking across from Oregon to Idaho across Hells Canyon...
The Snake River winds between the states of Oregon and Idaho.

Hells Canyon is North America's deepest river gorge. At ten miles wide and over a mile and a half deep it almost rivals the Grand Canyon in its grandeur.

Once you descend down to the river, you'll see this breathtaking lunar-like landscape punctuated by oases of greenery.

The Snake River...
The barren landscape of the Snake River...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Overlook of the Wallawas


Apropro of the upcoming Halloween season, this decrepit and deserted hall near our campsite made me think of the Overlook Hotel from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining even though it looked nothing like it.

I think it was the shuttered windows and shadowed recesses that lent it a slightly sinister atmosphere.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Companions

A couple of the inmates at the Shaw Ocean Discover Centre...
BFFs at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney, BC...
When you and bae are so tight that you are comfortable with each other's silence...

Friday, October 5, 2018

Men of Bronze

A contest of wills forged in metal...
A contest forged in bronze...
Another view of "Attitude Adjustment", a popular sculpture by artist Austin Barton, that can be found on the main street of Joseph OR. It's probably the most photographed of the sculptures of Joseph.

A man's best friend isn't always another man...
A man's best friend...
next to another man
Further down the street is this statue. It pays tribute to the days when a half-naked muscular man with a solid moustache wearing only leather chaps could give his dog a bone without anyone judging him for it.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Lonely Piano

One of the exhibits in Oak Bay's summer public art displays
Playing to an audience of seals, octopii and the occasional otter...
This solitary piano overlooking the Oak Bay waterfront was part of the summer's ArtsAlive program. Local artists contributed art to public spaces for the enjoyment of all. Anyone was free to stop and tickle the ivories...

Monday, October 1, 2018

Organic

Cold stone creates eye-catching art in View Royal.
Ribbons and rivers of rocks...
This rock wall beside the roadway in the local town of View Royal demonstrates catches your attention with its use of curves and colours.

Drivers have something to meditate on beside the car in front of them...
Helping to distract from the boredom of the commute...