Here is the view from the middle of the Selkirk Trestle looking south towards the city centre. The green area on the left is Point Ellice, with the Point Ellice (Bay Street) Bridge visible closer to the centre of the photo. On the right, just behind the trees is the Railyards condominium development with the Dockside Green development behind it.
One of the most distinctive features of Victoria is the body of water called The Gorge. I've mentioned before that no matter where you are in the city you are never far from the water. One reason for this is that the city is located on the pointed tip of Vancouver island and so is bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the east, south and west. The Gorge is another reason we are always close to water. It is a long finger of the ocean (6 kilometers from the Selkirk Trestle to Portage Inlet) that penetrates the city and adjacent municipalities and provides a great deal more shoreline. Where I live in Vic West, for instance, is only a few minutes walk southwards to the Songhees and West Bay Walkways that skirt the Inner Harbour. A few minutes walk north brings me to the shores of the Gorge. The Selkirk Trestle marks the eastern end of The Gorge where it widens and becomes Selkirk Water and then the Upper Harbour. It's called a trestle because it was originally built as a rail crossing for the Canadian National Railway that ran a line out to Sooke. That line carried a train called "The Galloping Goose" and the name has been carried over to the trail that now follows the rail right-of-way. Selkirk Trestle is part of that trail and is reserved for cyclists and pedestrians.
Here's a bit of coast I always enjoy, the view looking south-east from Saxe Point. Often it seems that human constructions are a blight on the natural environment but here the colors and shapes of these houses seem to provide the perfect counterpoint to the rocky shoreline. This is a big panorama - click it to take a walk along the coast.
During mushroom season I always end up lying down on the ground in the forest and tuning in to tiny things I don't ordinarily notice. This is not your ordinary summertime, buzzy, bothersome fly. This fly sat peacefully on the mushroom while I got my camera in place and in focus and didn't move a muscle when the shutter clicked.
During Canada's long Thanksgiving Weekend a few weeks ago I went out to Esquimalt Lagoon and was surprised to see this bird, a domestic Muscovy Duck, strolling among the seagulls and swans at this bird sanctuary. Now I figure that he got wind of those meaningful glances and remarks about his plumpness and size that he overheard in the farmyard and decided that he'd skip Thanksgiving at home and spend it in a place where he could keep his feathers on.
Situated on the far west coast of Canada, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of the Province of British Columbia. Its benign climate (the warmest winters in Canada) and placid lifestyle make it a favorite retirement location as well as a popular tourist destination. About 400,000 people live in Victoria and adjacent communities. Click the photos to see them larger!