Misc. Ramblings

Talisman Books and Gallery book launch.

Enchanted Isles, Pender Island book launch

Our launch of Enchanted Isles – The Southern Gulf Islands took place this past Saturday at Talisman Books and Gallery on Pender Island. Overall the launch was a huge success with many books being sold. David Spalding, the author, read a number of passages from the book while I presented a slide show highlighting many […]


Enchanted Isles Book Launch, Pender Island

If you happen to be on Pender Island this weekend be sure to drop by and visit David Spalding and me as we launch our new book, Enchanted Isles – The Southern Gulf Islands. Harbour Publishing did a great job on the design and I’m absolutely delighted in the photo reproductions. Well done! We will […]


Major Database Update

Fall Maple, Cowichan Valley

I spent today working on a major, behind the scenes update of Kevin Oke Photography. For those that have spent some time looking through the galleries you will immediatly see a difference in the look and feel of the interface. The galleries also feature a slide show if you want to browse through different images. […]


Enchanted Isles – The Southern Gulf Islands

A fall full moon rises over Plumper Sound and Saturna Island.

Enchanted Isles – The Southern Gulf Islands should be available in a few weeks. The book looks fabulous from viewing the PDF on my computer so I’m looking forward to the release. A new portion of my Gulf Islands Photos web site is dedicated to the book and while this area is still under development […]



Money and mugs at the Crow and Gate Pub

I wish I didn’t like pubs. Of all the eating establishments in North America, they get a bad rap and most folks are just as happy to eat at McDonald’s or one of the other healthy options. The ones of us that are on the go but want to eat badly sacrifice ourselves and lower […]



Elvis lives in Duncan, British Columbia, somewhere in Canada

Elvis Lives in Duncan, British Columbia – Read all about it!



addicted at the Cowichan Exhibition

I always thought the wonderful fall fairs and country exhibitions were only for kids. Fortunately, this seems to be the case under most circumstances. My photographs of people having fun are at People Having Fun at the Cowichan Exhibition. Then there are the addicted folks. I couldn’t believe a few of the guys gambling their […]


Enchanted Isles – The Southern Gulf Islands


Enchanted Isles is finally at the press with a release date at the end of October. What a fun project this was.


Cowichan Bay


I spent last Friday in Cowichan Bay photographing the early morning light and also the late evening sunset. Cowichan Bay is a funky town that really does have character. For boat lovers there are hundreds of gorgeous power and sailboats to drool over as well as an interesting maritime museum. For food lovers there are […]


Who Is This Man II

Plasterman at the Inner Harbour, Victoria

I have another “Who is this Man?” photograph, this time from the beautiful city of Victoria, British Columbia. Plasterman is quite amazing and actually makes money giving beautiful women hugs and kisses. Not a bad life although I wonder how the body feels after being painted for a whole summer of street performing. Do you […]


Horse Shoes

Horse Shoes at the Duncan Farmers Market

Small horses have small shoes. This guy turned up at the Duncan Farmers Market a few weeks ago. I’m not sure whether he can tie his own shoelaces but they sure are cute.


Cowichan Valley Photography

Cowichan River, Cowichan Valley, BC

I’ve just started work on a new book for Harbour Publishing about the Cowichan Valley. A dear friend, Georgina Montgomery will be responsible for the writing. As I work through the book process I’m going to be updating a new web site Cowichan Valley Photos with the latest images and tidbits from my work. This […]


Bathtub Racing in Ladysmith

Nanaimo Bathtub Racing

This looks like something more along my style. Forget the strongman competitions, give me a bathtub. The Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society has been racing bathtubs since 1967. What a concept. This is also serious stuff with races being held on Vancouver Island in British Columbia and also in Washington State. Photos will be online soon, […]


Can-American Strongman Competition – Ladysmith

Can-American Strongman Competition - Ladysmith

These guys are crazy. I just witnessed the Can-American Strongman Competition at Ladysmith Days on Vancouver Island. I guess it’s all in a days work, lifting cars, flipping 900 pound tires and running around with 610 pounds of weight. Sure made me feel like a wimp. More to come, here’s a preview.


Kinsol Trestle

Kinsol Trestle, Cowichan Valley

The most spectacular wooden rail trestle in Canada (or maybe the world) is the Kinsol trestle in the Cowichan Valley just south of Duncan on Vancouver Island. It was built in 1921 and is one of the largest and highest in the world. The Kinsol Trestle crosses the Koksilah River. At present a large debate […]


Music with the Hands

the hands make music

I’ve been spending many hours sorting through the 1,750 photographs I shot at the Islands Folk Festival in the Cowichan Valley. Something that has struck me is how much music requires the use of the hands. I know there are exceptions to this such as vocals but in general, whether you are playing a flute […]




What a weekend. I just spent three days at the wonderful Islands Folk Festival at Providence Farm in Duncan, British Columbia. The music was terrific, the company great but… the weather was really bad. Three days of heavy rain with the odd break to keep our hopes up. The photography went well with something in […]


Canada Day

Canada Day Flag

Happy Birthday Canada. July 1st is Canada’s birthday and there tends to be allot of action in the Southern Gulf Islands. We are off to Morning Bay Winery for a party this afternoon and the famous Saturna Island Lamb BBQ will happen tomorrow. Images to follow. Saturna Island Lamb BBQ photos


Salt Spring Money

Salt Spring Dollars

I spent last Saturday on beautiful Salt Spring Island. This was primarily a photography trip to fill in a few gaps in the Gulf Islands book due out this fall. The Saturday market located in Ganges is likely the highlight for many visitors visiting the Gulf Islands. Photographs of the market are at Salt Spring […]


A new portrait

Kevin riding a horse in Costa Rica

I don’t ride horses. The last time I can remember mounting one of these large animals was somewhere in Mexico, likely in 1980. At Cherie’s request we spent an afternoon riding up the bluffs north of Samara (Costa Rica) and then down to the beach in the next bay. Spectacular views were to be had […]


Gallery Updates

I’m starting on a major gallery update today as I work on the switchover from the old Kevin Oke galleries at Pbase. Hopefully somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 galleries a day will get transferred. Stay tuned.


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