Friday, March 29, 2019

Colourful swimmer

One fish, blue fish...
One fish, blue fish...
Many species of tropical fish are brightly coloured, but some of our local species are just as colourful, albeit in a more monochromatic way.

This gal/guy is one of the inmates at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in Sidney, BC.

The Centre is a popular attraction with kids and adults alike. The steampunk-inspired entrance simulates a dive to the bottom of the ocean in a faux-submarine.

The entrance to the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea...
Calling Jules Verne...

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Deep

Not so fearsome wolf eel...
Not as scary as s/he looks...
Wolf eels in our local oceans are typically five or six feet long. They have some nasty-looking teeth in a face that looks like some sort of Muppet nightmare.

Despite their appearance though they are shy and docile creatures, preferring to hide among rocks like this one at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in nearby Sidney, BC.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Burgoyne Bay

A float home bobs on the water of Burgoyne Bay off Salt Spring Island.
Home, home on the bay...
In the middle of Burgoyne Bay off Salt Spring Island on the east coast of the larger Vancouver Island sits this float home.

I can't imagine living this kind of lifestyle. Initially, it might see romantic or adventurous. Then I think of all the conveniences and comforts that I would have to do without and I realize that it's not for me.

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Sentinals

Silent guardians...
Placid sculptures keep watch over the water...
A pair of native sculptures keep silent vigil over the boats and float homes of Saltspring Island's Burgoyne Bay

Native sculptures stand guard...
Weathered watchers...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Oh rats!!

A plump Norway rat raids the bird feeder...
Making a play for the bird seed...

Here in Victoria BC we are normally snow free, but this year was an exception. For much of February we were under a foot of snow.

The result was that some animals, such as this plump female Norway rat, were forced to raid bird feeders to find food. Personally, rats don't bother me as long as they stay outside my house. I don't see them as any different from squirrels or voles. Honestly, both my wife and I find them kind of cute.

Monday, March 18, 2019

The eyes of a killer

Ugly... and deadly...
You DO NOT want to mess with them...
One of the most popular exhibits at the Calgary Zoo -- particularly with the children -- was the hippopotamus that peered at them from his pool on the other side of the glass.

Although hippos fall into the category of "so homely they are cute" they are actually pretty dangerous animals. National Geographic has identified them as one of the most aggressive animals on earth. Each year they kill about 500 people in African countries.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Prehistoric AND outdated

An inaccurate rendering of a T-Rex meandering through the forest...
"Damn these useless little girl hands!"
Moving on from Vulcan during our summer 2018 trip we spent a few days in Calgary AB. During a day trip to the Calgary zoo there we were surprised and underwhelmed to see this statue of a T-Rex in the dinosaur exhibit.

Aside from the fact that many of the fiberglass creatures in this portion of the zoo were cracked and sun-faded, this depiction of a T-Rex is decades out of date. We know now that they didn't walk upright but more like birds with their bodies horizontal.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Waterfront

Interesting architectural details of Victoria's harbour waterfront...
Curvy condos...
The West Bay walkway is a pleasant way to walk from downtown Victoria to the adjacent town of Esquimalt. It offers great views of the working harbour. You might see float planes, cruise ships, tourist harbour ferries, float homes and even the periodic wild life.

You'll also see some eye-catching architecture such as these curved condos that always remind me of something you might see in Florida, or maybe California.

You'll also see the new marina for super-yachts that is nearly completion. As nice as it looks, it's somewhat hypocritical for a city to build something like this while trying to establish its commitment to fighting climate change.

Victoria's soon-to-open marina for big-ass yachts...
A place to park your ostentatious boats...

Monday, March 11, 2019

Vallarta after dark

Vallarta lights glow along the waterfront...
Resort lights glow along the beaches of Puerto Vallarta...
The view from our resort balcony in Puerto Vallarta...

We stayed at Secrets. Looking straight down the beach, the lights of the other resorts were magical.

Secrets Resort at sunset...
The sun sets over the bay at Puerto Vallarta...



Friday, March 8, 2019

BAR

This massive rock in Campbell River has rested here for decades...
How long has it been here?
This big ass rock has been a fixture on the Campbell River waterfront for decades. The rock endures even as the graffiti and artwork evolves with the times.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Live long... and prosper

Boldly going where no man has gone before...
A Federation starship sticks the landing in Vulcan, Alberta...
The title of today's post was the philosophy of Mr. Spock, the half-human / half-Vulcan sidekick to Captain Kirk on television's Star Trek.

Vulcan was the name of his home planet, a name also shared by the small town of Vulcan in southern Alberta. The Canadian town was named in the early 20th century, long before the television series.

However, the town took advantage of its fortuitous name to re-brand itself as the official 'Star Trek capital of Canada'. Leonard Nimoy -- the actor who originated the role -- even paid a visit at one time as part of a publicity push by the town.

A scale-model starship is mounted outside the tourist centre. At the base of it, three plaques greet visitors in the official languages of English, Vulcan and Klingon.

Greetings from space...
Saying hello to the citizens of Earth...

Monday, March 4, 2019

Super Snow Moon

Super snow moon over the Kingfisher Resort...
Like-a big pizza pie...
While we were up at the Kingfisher Resort in Campbell River, we were treated to the sight of the super snow moon.

From a CNN article:

Why is it called the snow moon?

Each month, the full moon carries a different name signifying what is most associated with that time. This is because centuries ago, lunar months were associated with the changing seasons rather than the solar year. 

Native Americans and Europeans gave February the "snow moon" title because it was the month associated with heavy snowfall, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. 

The supermoon will occur during this full moon because it will be closest in its orbit to Earth.

The moon looking deceptively large is known as a "Moon illusion," which occurs when the moon is close to the horizon and objects such as buildings or trees are in front of it for scale, which tricks our brains into thinking the moon is closer to the objects than it really is.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Electric Garden

LED shrubbery at the Kingfisher Lodge...
The Kingfisher Lodge garden aglow with colourful lights...
My wife and I recently celebrated a combine Valentines Day and anniversary at the Kingfisher Lodge in Courtenay north of us on Vancouver Island.

The central courtyard was illuminated by these colourful trees and shrubs made from LED lights.