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Monday, October 24, 2016

Royal Roads University Forest

The grounds of Royal Roads University are bracketed on the east and west with two strips of old growth forest, trees that are hundreds of years old. It is impossible to walk among these ancient giants without feeling inconsequential. I went there looking for mushrooms, some of the most transient of the forest's beauties. I found a few though the season is still just beginning.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Downtown On A Rainy Night

Lately I seem to be downtown more often in the evening and it's really one of my favorite times to take pictures of the lights at night. Especially if it's just rained and there are lots of reflections on slick streets. Usually these tables outside of Starbucks are full all the time but everyone scatters when it gets wet. - Fern

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Arbutus Extinction?

I've noticed recently that there seem to be a lot of dead or dying Arbutus trees. These are a native tree here and I have often photographed them over the last 8 years. There seems to be a popular belief that many more are dying than is normal but there is no consensus as to the reason or even as to whether this is true. Some scientific opinion is that the trees are dying due to a variety of fungus diseases. Others think that these diseases are more common now because of environmental changes such as global warming and fire control. It may also be that those I see along the walkway are all more or less the same age and are leftovers from when the area had more wild bush. I quite like that the city is not rushing to remove the dead trees since they are like silvery tree sculptures but I hope that there will be young replacement Arbutus trees visible soon.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Inner Harbour

Lots of rainy days lately have made the air so clear it is almost like a lens. Here's the view looking towards the city from the West Song Walkway. That's Songhees point on the left and the green on the right is Laurel Point.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel

I had the good fortune to have lunch at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel yesterday and took advantage of my visit to photograph the pool (above) and the rear portion of the hotel (below) that overlooks the pool/spa area. This hotel was recently erected on the site of the former Oak Bay Beach Hotel that for many years was a main social center for Victorian society. Lunch in The Snug (one of several dining venues) was delicious and though the weather was overcast, the view was impressive.