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Friday, February 27, 2015

And the Winner Is...

My visit to Highrock Park on the weekend did yield a winner, pictured above, in the First Local Wildflower to Bloom Sweepstakes. All of the flowers I've photographed so far this year have been on plants that were introduced by European settlers during the last 150 years or so. The diminutive little flowers in this post are, however, on a common wild bush native to this area called Indian Plum. The fruit look like plums but are very small, about the size of a pea, and are very popular with birds. To the right is a photo of the fruit I took a few years ago in May.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Highrock Park

I like to go up to Highrock Park at this time of year because it gives me a good idea of where we are in the progression of spring flowers. I went up there on Sunday to see if there were any Satin Flowers - usually the first of the small wildflowers. No sign of the Satin Flowers yet but the little patch of Lucille's Glory of the Snow was blooming (pictured above). It's another very early bloomer though it is not indigenous and must have escaped from someone's garden long ago.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Old Victoria Custom House

Everything looks fresh and new these days and that includes the old Victoria Custom House, built in 1875. At this time of year even its unusual color seems to be complementary to the exploding plum tree overlooking the Inner Harbour.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Christ Church Cathedral

Victoria's Quadra Street might more aptly be named Church Street since so many of the city's churches (and a mosque) are located there. Here's probably the largest and most impressive, the Gothic style Christ Church Cathedral. Unlike the church in yesterday's post, the cathedral is still in use as a house of worship. It has a splendid interior and beautiful stained glass windows. I posted a photo of the interior about five years ago - it's obviously time to re-visit.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Victoria Conservatory of Music

Here's a building I've not featured before on this blog although it is one of the more interesting heritage buildings in downtown Victoria. It's on the corner of Pandora and Quadra Streets. When it was built in 1890 it was consecrated as the Metropolitan Methodist Church. Now it houses the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Because the original church members had a strong music program the building was designed by Thomas Hooper with particular attention to acoustics. The Alix Goolden Performance Hall is used by the conservatory but also hosts many community events. The Victoria Heritage Foundation website has a good description of this building you can read by clicking HERE.