Misc. Ramblings

Lunar Eclipse

2008 Lunar Eclipse

Last night I photographed the lunar eclipse along with countless other photographers. Starting at 8:42 p.m. ET, the eclipse lasted for three hours. Some of the photos include the planet Saturn and Regulus, a bright star. This made for a very photogenic composition. The evening started out a little hazy but in many ways this […]


Enchanted Isles update

Thanks to all of you that have purchased this book. It continues to do well for sales in BC (and elsewhere), the Gulf Islands must be a popular area. BC BESTSELLER LIST #4 Adult Title BC Bestseller, week of February 10, 2008 #4 Adult Title BC Bestseller, week of February 3, 2008 #5 Adult Title […]


Is it art?

Sidney, BC Graffiti

I’ve always been fascinated by graffiti, whether it’s been painted on a train or the local police station. In some ways, it’s the ultimate expression of public art tadalafil indian. Unfortunately many cities and municipalities don’t seem to hold this view. The town of Sidney on Vancouver Island has come up with an interesting way […]


And you thought you were old!

Old tree at the Duncan Forest Discovery Centre

I just turned 50 and everyone is telling me that I’m old. You wouldn’t believe the cards I got. Well, I have news for you! I’m just a baby in the real world. Take a look at this. We went to the Duncan Forest Discovery Center on the weekend and one of the displays is […]


Did I mention that we like to eat?

Eating well in the Cowichan Valley

You only turn 50 once

Cowichan rocket launcing

A funny thing about life is that you only have one 50th birthday party. I suppose this makes a lot of sense but one has to really make the celebration worthwhile in terms of having a good time and accumulating as many gifts as possible. Why else should one celebrate. For good or bad I […]


BC Ferries – How many photographs is enough?

The Queen of Nanaimo at Village Bay on Mayne Island

When you spend a good portion of your life riding ferries to and from other islands you grow accustomed to photographing ferries as well. The ferries around the world do tend to be quite photogenic, at least if you are interested in boats. The British Columbia ferries serve some of the most beautiful islands in […]


Happy New Year

Happy New Years

All the best in 2008


Christmas Parties


It’s that time of year again. Too much food, too much drink? and lots of good company. We had our annual friends Christmas bash a few days ago and as usual the food was excellent and in huge quantities and, of course, the company was entertaining and lively. A few lousy photos should get us […]


Digital cameras I have owned through the ages (8 years)


I’m often asked what type of equipment I use or have used. Here we go with the digital era! I’ve been shooting digital for a number of years, in fact it seems like a long time in digital photography terms but in reality I think we are looking at 8 or 9 years. My first […]


Looking good on Amazon

Enchanted Isles – The Southern Gulf Islands has been doing well on Amazon this Christmas season. Amazon.ca Sales Rank: #2,165 in Books (See Bestsellers in Books) Popular in these categories: #1 in  Books > History > Canada > Province & Local #1 in  Books > Travel > Canada > Provinces > British Columbia #1 in […]


Enchanted Isles – The Southern Gulf Islands debuts at number 7 on BC Bestsellers list!

What a way to start with a new book. BC Adult Bestseller List For the Week of December 9, 2007 1 The Blue Flames that Keep Us Warm 2 Had a Glass 2008 3 The Last Wild Wolves 4 Trail of 1858 5 Black to the Grindstone 6 Cooking for Two Revised 7 Enchanted Isles 8 It Aint Easy 9 Slumach`s Gold 10 Long […]


Enchanted Isles review – January Magazine, Holiday Gift Guide: Non-Fiction

Another great review, this time from January Magazine in their list of gift books for 2007 Enchanted Isles: The Southern Gulf Islands by David A.E. Spalding, photography by Kevin Oke (Harbour Publishing) 144 pages Spalding and Oke chronicle and celebrate a special part of the world — the magical islands nestled between the southern most […]


Enchanted Isles book review – Parksville Qualicum Beach News

Many book review are beginning to roll in since the release of Enchanted Isles – The Southern Gulf Islands. So far they have all been very favourable which is a good thing. This review came out soon after the release. An enchanting book on the isles By Alli Vail – Parksville Qualicum Beach News – […]


Santa arrives in the Gulf Islands

Santa Ship arriving at Pender Island

Santa arrived in the Gulf Islands yesterday by boat, not by sleigh as he does in so much of the world. This must be Santa’s 53rd? yearly visit to the Gulf Island’s children, courtesy of the Bellingham Lions in Washington State. The weather was absolutely stunning so a huge crowd turned out on Pender Island […]



Telephone pole in the Cowichan Valley

Dead and live trees.


The snow keeps on falling


Another day of snow. I would guess that we have at least 40cm on the deck at this point. Anyways, this all appears short-lived as the pineapple express is expected to hit this evening. High winds and upwards of 50mm+ of rain are rolling in. At least it will be warm again. A few more […]


Snow in the Cowichan


It’s not supposed to snow here very often but the past few days have seen an abundance of the white stuff come down. As of writing this I expect we have 30cm on the ground. I know that’s not much for many of you but we aren’t exactly used to dealing with this. It sure […]


Duncan Fireworks


Friday night Duncan celebrated the start of the Christmas season with their own fireworks. While not as spectacular as the Ladysmith show, Duncan still did a good job. The weather was once again perfect with clear skies and a temperature near the freezing point. My new Nikon D300 did a great job recording the fireworks. […]


Ladysmith Festival of Lights


The 20th annual Ladysmith Festival of Lights was held under clear and cold co0nditions on November 29th. This was a marked improvemnet over last years festival that I recall being snowed out. The Ladysmith Festival of Lights is a family affair with a craft fair, food, clowns, a parade and best of all, santa turning […]


Vietnam Pots

Mekong Delta Pots

A recent theme on this blog has involved travel to warm climates or the thought of it anyways. The days are becoming short and very gloomy in British Columbia so it always feels good to revisit old photos. I just spent some time going through the photographs I shot in 2006 in the Mekong Delta in […]


Galiano Island Book Launch


Meet Enchanted Isles photographer Kevin Oke and author David Spalding. Kevin will be showing a slide show of his Gulf Islands images and David will be reading from Enchanted Isles – The Southern Gulf Islands. Date: 18 November 2007 Day of Week: Sunday Time: 2:00 PM Phone: 250 539-3340 Location: Galiano Island Books


The Queen of Cumberland

BC Ferry - Queen of Cumberland

Another storm photo although the waves have begun to dye down at this stage. This is BC Ferries Queen of Cumberland leaving Otter Bay on North Pender Island. The Queen of Cumberland is the main ferry that we use to make our way to Vancouver Island. The Queen of Cumberland holds up surprisingly well under […]


Winters First Storm


Every November we seem to get pounded by a major storm in the Southern Gulf Islands. This year the storm hit Pender Island late Sunday night and power went off Monday morning for almost three days. I headed down to Roesland in the Gulf Islands National Park Monday afternoon and photographed the waves crashing into […]