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Funky Genoa Bay, Vancouver Island

Another funky float home, Genoa Bay, Vancouver Island

There are very few places left on the west coast that still have the really funky feeling to them. Fortunately for us, two of the classics are located close by. Cowichan Bay has managed to maintain a funky feeling although with all the condos being built and high end food establishments going in it’s hard […]

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Westcoast Work Boat Association

A couple old fishing boats at the Westcoast Work Boat Association rendezvous

The Westcoast Work Boat Association holds their spring rendezvous in Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island. A wonderful assortment of boats turn up from both local waters as well as Washington state. Many of the work boats are retired fishing boats that have been converted into pleasure craft while others are modern boats designed with the […]

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Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill, Vancouver Island

Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill, Vancouver Island

I often pass by the Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill and while I have photographed it many times this last trip certainly had the most interesting light. Fortunately most of what is visible is apparently steam as these paper and pulp mills have been cleaned up dramatically in the past few decades.

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Boat signs on Wallace Island

Boating nameplates on Wallace Island, British Columbia

A wonderful tradition on Wallace Island is leaving behind funky boat name signs at an old building in Conover Cove. Many of these signs are quite creative with fun carvings added to the boats name. Boaters update their signs on each new visit so a wonderful log has now been left chronicling the past ten […]

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Spring on Wallace Island, Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Spring on Wallace Island, Gulf Islands, British Columbia

A little late this year but spring has finally arrived on the islands.

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Islands Folk Festival on Flickr

Islands Folk Festival thumbnails

After many years of wondering whether I should use Flickr like the rest of the world I finally decided to give it a try. I’m looking at Flickr as an experiment as apparently numerous “photo buyers” are beginning to look through the vast collection. It has become so important that the huge stock agency Getty […]

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Frog Above Bear Holding Seal – Carver: Richard Hunt 1988

Richard Hunt 1988 - Totem Pole, Duncan, British Columbia

Frog Above Bear Holding Seal by Richard Hunt is beautifully carved and has some wonderful details. This totem is located next to the train station in downtown Duncan.

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Tsonoqua, Mythological Wild Women Of The Woods (Thunderbird Above Tsonoqua)

Ned Matilpi 1990 - Tsonoqua, Mythological Wild Women Of The Woods

Time for a few of my favourite totem poles. This one was carved by Ned Matilpi in 1990 and is located in downtown Duncan.

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Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata)

Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata)
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Signs

Signs
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Citroën Waterfall

Citroën Waterfall, Mondial de l'Automobile, Paris, France

I came across this interesting display at the Paris Auto Show. While there were vehicles in front of the glass waterfall panels I was more intrigued by the vehicles behind the waterfall. On another note, the amount of money the car manufacturers spend on their displays is outrageous. I suppose it pays but….

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Out of the office

Cycling in the Kettle Valley, British Columbia, Canada

I like to believe that I don’t spend my whole life in front of a computer although when I’m not travelling it sometimes seems this way. Something I’ve discovered is that shooting photographs for 5 weeks on the road translates into about 8 weeks of computer time once I get back home. Doing the math, […]

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Telephone, Arcos de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain

Telephone and chair, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

Small towns have luxuries that we often don’t find in the larger cities. This telephone booth in Arcos de la Frontera has a luxury I’ve never seen in North America, a comfy chair.

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Jim Morrison’s Grave, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

James Douglas "Jim" Morrison, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
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Parador de Ronda, Ronda, Andalucia, Spain

Parador Hotel Ronda, Ronda, Spain

While most of Ronda is an ancient city the Parador Hotel Ronda entrance is about as modern as you can get. Amazingly; in some strange ways the canopy actually works although I expect the locals weren’t thrilled when it was first built. The second photograph is the other side of the building, the former town […]

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Al Toro de Lidia, Ronda, Spain

Al Toro de Lidia, Ronda, Spain

This wonderful life size bull is located at the entrance to the Plaza de Toros (built in 1785), the bullfighting arena in the town of Ronda, Province of Malaga, Andalusia, Spain

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Pink Fawn Lily (Erythronium revolutum)

Pink fawn lily (Erythronium revolutum)

Pink Fawn Lilies (Erythronium revolutum) are plentiful in a number of areas on the Cowichan River and throughout Vancouver Island although they tend to be in isolated patches. The white fawn lily is far more common.

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Big Leaf Maple, Vancouver Island

Big Leaf Maple, Vancouver Island
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Ferns, Cowichan Valley

Cowichan Valley fern

With the return of good weather and some time to do photography I’m going to try and stay on a selection of local images for a while. The ferns are in some ways at their most beautiful now as the fiddleheads are appearing.

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Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona, Spain

Peppers at the Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona, Spain

The Mercat de la Boqueria is a huge and amazingly colourful market on the Ramblas. The area has a reputation for being full of pick-pockets but is well worth the visit regardless. The candy photo must be one of the most “unattractive” colour photos I have ever shot. I can’t imagine ingesting whatever chemicals colours […]

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Aerial Photos of Victoria, British Columbia

Aerial view of Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, Vancouver Island

Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island is remarkable for a few reasons. One is that you hear reference to Victoria being more British than Britain (hard to believe), the other is that it must be located in one of the more spectacular areas that a city could be built. Whatever your take, Victoria is a […]

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Merida Cathedral, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Market, Catedral de San Ildefonso, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

The Catedral de San Ildefonso is the oldest cathedral in North America. Construction began in 1561 and took about 40 years. Commissioned by Pope Pius IV and Spanish King Felipe II, the massive church was built with Mayan labour using the stones from their ancestors’ destroyed pyramids at the Mayan site of Tiho.

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White Fawn Lily (Erythronium oregonum)

White fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum)

A sure sign that spring has arrived; the fawn lilies and trillium are finally making their appearances.

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Crocodiles, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Crocodile waiting for a photographer, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Nothing is much more exciting than photographing crocodiles. These friendly crocs are living just south of Samara in Guanacaste Province,Costa Rica. They move amazingly fast once they decide it’s time for a meal!

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