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Sunday, July 27, 2014

In The Garden

Downtown is bustling with activities and events but I have to admit, my backyard is where I want to be, doing nothing but watching things grow. - Fern

Saturday, July 26, 2014


In Indian mythology there is a divine wish-fulfilling tree called Kalpavricksha or Kalpataru. It seems that one is growing in Fernwood Square....

Friday, July 25, 2014

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep...."

Of course, in his famous poem Robert Frost was describing woods on a winter's evening. But the woods are often lovely, dark and deep during summertime too. These lovely little wildflowers are called Foamflower (Tiarella trifoliata).

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Songhees Point

This view was taken from the bottom of Bastion square where it meets Wharf Street. The rocky promontory on the left in the photo is Songhees Point. The blue water to the left leads to the Outer Harbour. The Upper Harbour and the Gorge are to the right. The Johnson Street Bridge is just off-camera to the right.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Funk Cannon

I caught this odd trio playing at the bottom of Government Street across from the Visitors Information Centre last week. I say "odd trio" because whoever heard of a band consisting of two saxophones and a drummer? It didn't look very promising but when they started to play it was electrifying. Inside of a few minutes a crowd of 50 had gathered and everyone - seniors, toddlers, teenagers, middle-aged moms and dads and miscellaneous thirty-somethings - the whole crowd was bopping along with the raw energy of the music these kids were making. They are called "Funk Cannon" - click their name for a link to their facebook page. In the photo above, on the left is Thomas Daudlin, Skye Perez in the centre and Max Stover on the right. Check out the short video below for a sample of their music.