February 13, 2019

Swirling Wave


Photo Art

Using various filters and distortions transforms photos. It seemed fitting to post this today, as one year ago we were returning from Cancun, Mexico where the photo was taken. This year we did not take a winter vacation and the temperatures for the past several weeks have been extremely cold with weather warnings nearly every day.

February 9, 2019

Festive Feasting

Hangry Birds

The snow before Christmas turned our Mountain Ash into a decorative tree, filled with Berry Bells. The berries remained with their snow-covered caps into the New Year. These berries are a feast for the Bohemian Waxwings which live in our area. Without warning the waxwings appeared yesterday in a huge flock, cold and hungry. Extreme temperatures caused them to take a few berries, fly off together and return for more berries. This flitting back and forth lasted under 1/2 hour. When they left for good, the tree was bare. No leaves, no berries. 

September 25, 2018

Lighthouse View

Fisgard Lighthouse Historical Site Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC

Built November 16, 1860 Now Automated 48° 26' N 123° 27' W

The first lighthouse on Canada's west coast is still in operation! There hasn't been a keeper here since the light was automated in 1929, but every year many thousands of visitors step inside a real l9th century light, and capture some of the feeling of ships wrecked and lives saved.

Built by the British in 1860, when Vancouver Island was not yet part of Canada, Fisgard's red brick house and white tower has stood faithfully at the entrance to Esquimalt harbour. Once a beacon for the British Royal Navy's Pacific Squadron, today Fisgard still marks home base for the Royal Canadian Navy.