This is one of my favorite little streets in Victoria. It runs between Oak Bay Avenue and Rockland Avenue. It's very narrow and has many twists and turns between huge oak trees and beautiful old homes, making it easy to forget you're 5 minutes from downtown Victoria. - Fern
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
This old corner store is at the corner of Pandora and Camosun. Everytime I pass by I wonder how much longer it will be around. So many of us made our first forays into independence by going to the corner store, usually for bread or milk and when we were lucky, candy! However, with so many convenience stores now, many of these are closing down. - Fern
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
This old building, which used to be part of the public school system, is now a private art school. It's on Quadra Street, part of the revitalized 'Quadra Village.' I've been taking classes here on and off over the years and it's a great addition to the art scene in Victoria, with it's own gallery and regular events for all to attend. For anyone interested in making art or learning about art, this is the place to be! Their website is here and here is "random observations of an art school director who walks everywhere" a really interesting blog which is another viewpoint on Victoria, and art and all sorts of interesting things. - Fern
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The sky is so often an amazing collage of colour and form. This is Banfield Park in Vic West where we like to go for walks, and I love this stand of shaggy cedars, they represent quintessential 'west coast' to me. - Fern
Monday, March 26, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
We are having a beautiful weekend with lots of warm sunshine but I am sadly holed up with a flu bug. As a compromise I snuck out into the yard and picked a few of these beautiful daffodils and they have been a good subject for an indoor photo shoot. - Fern
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
All over Fernwood the community has gotten together to paint many of the telephone poles and it is so fun to walk around this neighborhood and find them. Find out more about this great project here. - Fern
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
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Monday, March 19, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
After many days of crazy weather, the sun came out yesterday and it was WARM. On a bike ride around town I couldn't help but point my camera skywards at the lovely blueness. I also like the contrast between the organic shape of the tree branches and the cold geometry of the building. - Fern
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
On a rainy afternoon recently a friend and I stopped to have a coffee at the Sitka Cafe on lower Yates Street. As well being a shopping destination, they have an excellent coffee bar. Perfect afternoon of browsing and delectable treats in a beautiful room. - Fern
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
For the past four years the amazing Benjamin Madison has faithfully posted an interesting photograph and a thoughtful write-up everyday here on VDP. My congratulations to you sir! I have been a very part-time contributor and have enjoyed the challenge of taking photos with the blog in mind. I have also enjoyed the many other blogs in this community and so a big thank you to you all as well. This picture, taken of Victoria from Mt. Tolmie will have to stand in for our birthday candles. Cheers! - Fern Long
Friday, March 9, 2012
As well as playing a dozen musical instruments and singing the blues, iconic Victoria musician and entertainer Dave Harris has recently added another string to his bow. He has completed a monumental work, a veritable encyclopedia of One Man Bands, entitled, "Head, Hands, & Feet: A Book of One Man Bands." I am pleased to present a short review of this book by ricky JaK, local music journalist.
Head, Hands, & Feet is available in Victoria from Ditch Records, Fort Street at Blanshard, and from Turntable Records in Fan Tan Alley (Chinatown). Online it can be bought through the One Man Band Book blog at http://onemanbandbook.blogspot.com.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
We've had some bright, sunshiny days lately though they have generally been accompanied by a cold wind. Here's another of my favourite heralds of spring, this old tree that flowers beside the derelict Janion Hotel on Store Street. Often this is one of the first to bloom in the city because of the extra warmth it gets from the Janion's aged bricks soaking up the sunshine.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Another favourite harbinger of spring, these crocuses are popping up in gardens all over the city. Their brilliant yellows and purples always remind me of Easter and I wonder if the association of those colours with Easter is because of the flowers or for some other reason.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Aaaahhhhh, can you feel the warm breeze and taste the margaritas? It was a lovely evening in Puerto Vallarta when I snapped this picture. - Fern Long
p.s. Thank you to everyone who leaves such kind comments, I am terrible about responding to them all but I really do appreciate them so much. Especially to JoJo, you're the best!
Sunday, March 4, 2012
The wind blew the clouds away yesterday and we enjoyed some blue skies and cold sunshine. The seagulls however, were not enjoying the high winds and were playing it safe on the ground, except for a few daring souls. - Fern Long
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Here's another look at downtown Victoria. This is the "main" street, Douglas Street, looking northwards from the corner of Fort and Douglas Streets. On the far right side can be seen Victoria's City Hall with its red tower. The large tan building on the left is the facade of the Bay Centre, our downtown mall.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Chestnut-backed Chickadee pictured last week was nicely perched on the branch of a tree since that is where they are usually seen. Today's bird is on the walkway since these birds, the Dark-eyed Juncos, prefer to forage on the ground. Apparently ornithologists are still sorting out bird taxonomy and though I have formerly identified these local residents as Oregon Juncos, it seems that the latter refers to a sub-species and our local birds may or may not be members of that sub-species since there is a great deal of variation within the genus. In any case I always like to see these neat, busy little birds no matter what they are called.