LATEST: WILDERNESS ADVENTURES BOOK
NEWS, EVENTS, OBSERVATIONS, HAPPENINGSJanuary 2019: Total Lunar Eclipse
is somewhat unusual to have clear skies in Victoria BC in normally
rainy January. This winter we have had quite a few dry days. One of
them coincided with the total lunar eclipse on the night of January 20.
The next one is in two years, in May 2021!May 2018: Swiftsure Yacht Race March 2018: Counting Herons in Beacon Hill Park
Herons are back. At least seventeen here. Waiting for foliage to cover their nesting trees?November 2017: Salmon Run in Sooke
The Fall season is gracing Victoria area with fallen leaves
a dry summer, the welcome autumn rains are feeding local streams,
rising water levels, making them passable for salmon that are heading
to the spawning grounds
The fish, dead and alive, feeds local wildlife
Bears come to add final layers of fat before denning for winter
Catching live salmon takes time and energy: why bother when there are plenty of dead fish in the streams?
American dippers dive to retrieve salmon roe, their preferred salmon meal
Mild climate, plenty of moisture and nutrients from dead salmon all contribute to the lush forestsAugust 21, 2017: While Waiting for Solar Eclipse: Orcas
A pod of orcas passing in front of Clover Point at the beginning of the solar eclipseJuly 18, 2017: Fluidity of Time - Salvador Dali's Dance of Time I on Display in Downtown VancouverJanuary 3, 2017: Cold Days in Victoria BC
December 20, 2016: Stormy Seas and King Tides: Drenched People on Dallas Road, Victoria BC
A combination of high water levels during the king tides and stormy seas creates waves so monstrous
that they breach over the sea wall drenching people on sidewalksOctober 22, 2016: Head & Tail of The Gorge Regatta
To the Finish Line!
Go, Mounties, Go!June 5, 2016: Oak Bay Tea Party
Bathtub Race: Engine Troubles
Teapot Race: Assisted Finish
June 3, 2016: Mammoths and More at Royal BC Museum
Royal BC Museum: at the opening of Mammoths! Giants of the Ice Age
And not just mammoths!
December 12, 2015: Stormy Seas and Sun (A View from Dallas Road)December 12, 2015: At Tuba Christmas ConcertJune 7, 2015: Bathtub Race at Oak Bay Tea PartyNovember 22, 2014: Search for the Sea Creatures of the Night
That’s in-Seine: Collections by Moonlight
Pulling the net during the search for sea creatures at Willows Beach with Royal BC Museum and Victoria Natural History Society
November 15, 2014: November Frost on Grass
A spell of cold Arctic air has brought an unusual mid-November freeze to Victoria depositing frost crystalls on grass. December 16, 2013: Upper Harbour Sunset
Sun is setting over the Upper Harbour in Victoria BCDecember 7, 2013: Snowy Road with Bear Footprints
A rare snow has covered Victoria with white dust.
A bear has walked this deserted road in a nearby forest just hours before me.
In most of BC, bears are already in hibernation. Warmer temperatures
typical for South Vancouver Island, combined with this year's plentiful salmon run,
have encouraged this fellow to stay up a bit longer.
November 2, 2013: Entrance into the Fall
Fallen leaves form a path leading to an entrance into the Market Square in Victoria BC.November 1, 2013: Forgotten Veterans
Lost poppy flower pin is lying forgotten among dead autumn leaves. Observed and photographed in 2008.
October 20, 2013: Downtown Fog
Victoria downtown enveloped in heavy fog on Friday night. Ferries delayed, some flights canceled,
traffic slowed down. Still, a beautiful scene.
September 20, 2013: Rabbit and Flower
feral rabbit grazing in my neighbourhood has collected a mouthful
One flower is still standing: too bitter? too beautiful?
September 17, 2013: My New Eight-Legged Roommate
I have just met my new neighbour or more likely roommate:
this fellow, at least five centimetre - long, has moved in today and,
after a brief introducion (this image), settled down behind my curtain.
December 1, 2012: Truck Light Parade in Victoria, BC
Canada Post truck with a letter to Santa Claus
December 1, 2012: Lighted Ships Parade in Victoria, BC
Sailboat with Christmas decorations parading in the Inner Harbour
Brown Pelicans in Victoria BC? Confirmed (November 26, 2012):
After a few years of absence, stray Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) are again
sharing local waters with gulls off Dallas Road in Victoria, BC
Jubilee Salute on May 21, 2012The Queen's Diamond Jubilee gun salute at the Government House in Victoria BC on May 21, 2012
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