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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Too true. - Fern

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Aboriginal Cultural Festival

The Victoria Aboriginal Cultural Festival was hosted by the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, who also provided the Master of Ceremonies, "Slash", pictured above. Photos posted yesterday and the day before are of participating performers but are not typical of First Nations groups from the Pacific Coast. However, the MC pictured above is wearing a costume that represents local First Nations ceremonial wear, as are the dancers below. The Victoria Aboriginal Cultural Festival was impressive in many ways but for me perhaps the most impressive aspect was the great richness and variety of the many First Nations cultures represented.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016


So, while strolling through the towering Cedar and Fir forests recently I encountered this lovely young woman.... I wish!

However, I was lucky enough to see her dance on National Aboriginal Day last weekend. This photo was taken where the local celebration is held, on the grounds of the Royal BC Museum. Those trees in the background are a bit of the landscaping of the museum. The National Aboriginal Day celebration seems to get bigger and better every year. Dancers and musicians come from all over the country to display their cultural property and arts and crafts. We'll have a look at some of the other colorful costumes over the next few days.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Under Cloudy Skies

One of our regular visitors once asked if it was ever cloudy in Victoria - because of my penchant for photos with blue skies and cheerful weather. I admit that when it is gray and cloudy outside the camera tends to stay on the shelf and I hibernate with a good book or movie. But, after looking at the above photo I see that some subjects are better shot under ominous clouds. This is the war memorial that occupies one corner of the Legislative Assembly grounds.