Friday, October 30, 2020


Every day she waves at me
That small girl that only I can see
I wish she would stay over there
I don't like her hungry stare

This alley in Bastion Square is next to Victoria's now defunct Maritime Museum. The building once served as Victoria's old courthouse/jail, and is generally considered a centre of supernatural activity.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The boats of Todd Inlet

Boater enjoy the sun and shade of Todd Inlet...
Boats in the bay...

Tod Inlet is a long and sheltered strip of water off Saanich Inlet. It's popular with boaters in the summer months as it is sheltered, the water is relatively warm, and there is a nearby beach that is perfect for sun worshipping. 

Boats at anchor in Todd Inlet...
A bevy of boats...

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Secret identity is secret

Raybans... for when the day is bright and the Knight is Dark...

So, you're a superhero and you decide you just wanna chill with the crowds at the outdoor market. But how to mingle without being recognized and mobbed by your adoring public?

Put on a pair of slick Raybans, of course!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Red Tractor

A tractor on display...
A colourful farm vehicle at rest among the flowers...

 Seen during the summer on a Central Saanich farm...

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Haunted Victoria

Craigdarroch Castle looking sinister...
There's a light over at the Frankenstein place...

Victoria has a reputation for being one of the most haunted places on earth. Maybe it's for that reason that it has been tapped by Hollywood as a filming location for horror movies over the years. Two popular filming locations are Craigdarroch Castle seen above, and Hatley Castle seen at the bottom of this post.

Craigdarroch Castle -- more of a large manor really -- is often used by local theatre groups to stage Halloween productions. It shows up prominently in The Boy, a horror/suspense movie filmed here in 2016. You can watch it right now on Netflix.

Some of the exterior shots for The Boy were filmed at nearby Hatley Castle. Hatley Castle has also stood in for the Mutant Academy in the X-Men and Deadpool movies, and Lex Luthor's manor in the TV series Smallville.  It was also a film location for The Changeling, another very creepy ghost story, back in the early 80s.

Victoria's Hatley Castle has ghosts to spare...
Victoria's Hatley Castle....

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Metal arachnid

Welded wall crawler...

The local artist who produced the 10-foot high dragon in his front yard recently added this new creation to his front gate to catch the attention of passing pedestrians.

With their multiple eyes and legs spiders tend to freak a lot of people out... such as my wife. She would cheerfully crush every spider she finds in our house, if I didn't intervene to scoop them up and deposit them outside in a garden plant.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Fearless... not always a good thing

Sometimes it's a fine line
between fearless and naive...

Walking around the nearby nature sanctuary, I came across this young guy/gal contentedly munching on grass beside the trail. There was no sign of a mom around. S/he seemed pretty calm as I approached and took a photo.

When I got within grabbing distance s/he reluctantly abandoned the grass and slowly loped off into the brush. By the time you read this post, this bunny probably ended up being dinner for the many hawks and eagles that circle high over the sanctuary.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Scary Monsters

Victoria... here be monsters!
Victoria, BC... Here be Monsters!
You'll find all sorts of strange beasts stalking and walking downtown Victoria...

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The visitor

Hummingbirds visit the feeder in our garden.
Tiny guests at our feeder...

We live near a nature sanctuary and get a large number of birds visiting our feeders.

The hummingbirds are frequent visitors. During the late summer and fall they will duke it out with the wasps for drinking rights at our feeders.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Rat rod

It ain't pretty but you can't look away.

What is a rat rod? It's the opposite of a hot rod.

Hot rods are older muscle cars that have been lovingly restored -- with the dollars to match! -- by their owners. At car shows, the chrome gleams, the body is waxed to perfection, the leather interior is buffed to a sheen... Everything is impeccable.

Rat rods are the opposite. Their owners deliberately go for a beaten up grungy look. Frequently they are adorned with elements that would seem more suited to a horror movie than a show room floor. 

While they probably don't spend as much money trying to source original parts, they invest a lot of time in producing DIY parts, welding, painting, etc. And they also take pride in showing off their creations at local car shows.

Seen on the Highway to Hell...