Sunday, June 28, 2020

Those were the days my friend...

A small sample of ghost signs in Victoria, BC...
Fading but not yet forgotten...
If you wander around Victoria and look up you'll see a goodly number of ghost signs. These are faded signs typically seen painted on the sides of buildings advertising for businesses that have long since disappeared.

Amazingly, these particular signs have endured for over a century. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

On the move again

A BC ferry enters Active Pass on its way to Vancouver Island.
BC Ferries... on the long road to recovery...
BC is slowly starting to re-open after three months of the COVID shut down. Our ferry system took a big hit as both domestic and international numbers dwindled to a fraction of their normal levels.

The semi-private corporation estimates that it will take two to three years before they return to their normal pre-pandemic level of operations.

The sailing experience moving forward is going to look very different as masks will now be mandatory for passengers.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Exotic

Tropical coloured flowers in Victoria BC...
Victoria's eye-catching flowers on display...
The current COVID crisis which has closed many attractions and events across Vancouver Island has severely curtailed photo opportunities. I've taken to hiking local trails to find interesting subject material.

This flower is one I haven't seen before. I've no idea if it's native or something imported. It resembles some of the flowers that we saw in Costa Rica about a decade ago.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Isn't it ironic?

The Lucky Fortune Tattoo Studio... not so much.
Lucky Fortune?  Not so much...
As I walked around downtown Victoria recently, it was grim to see how many retail stores had shuttered as a result of the COVID shutdown.

Some had notices that they intended to re-open as soon as they could, but there were a few that announced that they were closing permanently.

I'm not sure what the eventual fate of the Lucky Fortune Tattoo Studio is. It was papered over and gated, but the neon light suggests that there is still hope for it.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Sally's Cafe

Qualicum Beach standing in for Chesapeake Shores...
Downtown Qualicum Beach stands in for Chesapeake Shores...
Several years ago I posted this photo of the former Chamber of Commerce building in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. It served as one of the central filming locations for Hallmark Channel's Chesapeake Shores.

Currently the series is on indefinite hiatus thanks to the ongoing COVID crisis... much like every other Hollywood movie and TV series filmed in British Columbia. The Canadian-American border remains closed to non-essential traffic.

And, even if the film crew and actors were deemed to be essential and allowed to cross the border, they would still have to go into quarantine for 14 days after entering BC and before being allowed to go to work.

So the ultimate fate of the O'Brien clan remains up in the air for now...

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Rock on

Hand painted rocks on a boardwalk...
Messages to motivate...
Walking along an Oceanside boardwalk, my wife and I discovered these ocean rocks hand painted with messages of inspiration during the recent COVID lock down.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Neither here nor there

Wooden signposts point elsewhere...
Everywhere but where you are now...

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Cancelled

No sand sculptures this year...
The sun sets on an empty beach...
What is this you ask?

This is what this year's Sand Castle competition in Oceanside will look like this year. Along with a myriad of events and celebrations across Vancouver Island, BC, Canada... the world really... it has been cancelled out of concerns over COVID-19.

Here's a look at some past events...




Thursday, June 4, 2020

49

The 49th parallel marked by a boulder...
One degree of separation...

Drive down the length of Galiano Island and you'll pass this unassuming boulder on the side of the road. It sits in the permanent shade of the trees around it, so you'd miss the plaque attached to it.

The plaque marks the 49th parallel... the latitude that separates Canada from the United States through much of its length.

Monday, June 1, 2020

The times they are a changing...

A COVID gift basket greets us at our resort...
Radioactive green disinfectant... I'd prefer wine, thanks...
It used to be that we were greeted with a gift basket of wine -- and maybe some chocolates to go with it -- when we checked into fancy hotels to celebrate a special occasion.

Recently we checked into our mid-island vacation condo and were bemused to be greeted with an entirely new kind of welcome basket. It contained some disinfecting spray and cleaning products so that we could sanitize hard surfaces in our suite during our stay.

😒