Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
The video below captures some of the session, which ran for two hours.
|The musicians pictured here gathered together on Thursday afternoon to hold a concert on Victoria's Inner Harbour Causeway. The concert was to bid farewell to a long-time musician on the Causeway, Swan Walker. Swan is moving to Toronto and the proceeds of the concert were aimed at helping to defray his moving expenses. Swan's energetic reggae and calypso influenced music will be much missed here.|
Saturday, July 28, 2012
1790s by Captain Vancouver because its bottom offered no good holding ground for a ship's anchor so it was "foul" in the nautical sense. Whatever its name it's a lovely little beach that has a very comfortable, neighbourhoody feel about it.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Blake Andison, singer/guitarist and leader of "Blake Andison and The Solution" although when I saw him he was busking solo. Blake's well worth listening to and a welcome addition to the Causeway Artists roster. Use the player below to listen to some of Blake's music.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Penny Farthing, a pub/eatery on Oak Bay Avenue. I haven't eaten there but if the food is as delicious looking as the flowery sidewalk seating it must be very good indeed.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Way back in May of this year I posted a photo of this young performer and promised a video of his playing "when the weather warms up a bit". Here is the video as promised. I invite you to take five minutes to enjoy a musical medley from Landen Shaw, Victoria's youngest busker.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Buskers Festival featuring street entertainment acts from all over the world. Today's portrait is not one of those imported acts though, it is one of our homegrown veteran performers on the Inner Harbour Causeway, singer/songwriter Jaime Nolan. The Buskers Festival is a great addition to our summer entertainment here in Victoria but I encourage everyone who visits downtown to catch some of these acts to take a turn around the Inner Harbour Causeway and get to know the buskers and artists who live here and work hard all summer to make our downtown one of the nicest in the world. They deserve our gratitude and support. Jaime's been singing on the Inner Harbour since 1994 and he's well worth listening to.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Dwight Hill sitting down on the lower left while some passersby take a look at his wonderful wood carvings.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
one man band, Dave Harris, dueting with Victoria's youngest busker, guitarist Landen Shaw.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Cadboro Bay, reputed home of the famed Cadborosaurus (Cadborosaurus willsi) or "Caddy" as she is affectionately known by the locals. This sea monster lurking in the bay doesn't deter sailors such as the young lad learning the ropes above. And Cadboro Bay's sandy beach seems like an inviting place to doze and get a start on one's tan.Cadboro.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Cordova Bay, along the coast northeast of Victoria.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Albert Head Lagoon and was alternately excited and depressed by the bird in the above photo. He was one of a group of 4 or 5 similar small birds running around in the muck at the edge of the lagoon. He looked unusual to me and I was happy to add a new species to my list. At the same time I was depressed because I couldn't seem to get a clear photo of this bird. Even when they were standing still they seemed fuzzy. It wasn't until I got home and was able to look at the photos at higher resolution that I realized what I had seen. These birds are fuzzy because they are still wearing their chick fluff. These fuzzy little birds were young Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus). Standing guard a little back from the edge of the lagoon was a larger, trimmer Killdeer, most likely the mother, still watching over her chicks (below).
Monday, July 9, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Witty's Lagoon yesterday and was happy to discover a small patch of these lovely little flowers beside the trail that leads from the parking lot down to the lagoon and beach. Their common name is Crown Brodiaea (Brodiaea coronaria) but they are also known as Fool's Onion since they grow from an onion-like corm that is reputed to be both nutritious and tasty and was prized by Native Peoples and early settlers to this area. Witty's Lagoon is named after one of those early settlers. The same man donated the land for the building of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin that was featured here a few weeks ago. Both the church and the lagoon (a Capital Regional District Park) are located in Metchosin, one of the Western Communities.
Friday, July 6, 2012
|The Pacific Coast of North America is sometimes referred to as "Lotusland", generally by easterners who view themselves as more pragmatic or realistic. But there's lots of hard-nosed materialism out here as well and not many people wear flowers in their hair any more. Don't despair though - the real Lotusland is just a thirty-five minute ferry trip from Victoria. The sign above is one of the first things you will see when the ferry docks at Fulford Harbour on Saltspring Island and while it by no means sums up the island, it does give some idea of the island's character. The sign is made from old surfboards and lists a pretty good menu of counterculture interests. But Saltspring's unusual character runs deeper than a few hippy stores. The island has its own flag and currency. Albert Einstein is quoted on the $5 bill:"How I wish that somewhere there existed an Island for those who are wise and of goodwill. In such a place, even I would be an ardent patriot."|
The island probably has a higher population of artists of many kinds than anywhere else in Canada. Check out the Saltspring Music website to see what I mean. For those interested in the visual arts, check out the Salt Spring Studio Tour. If you would like to find out more about this extraordinary little island, click HERE to visit the Saltspring Consciousness website.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Vancouver Island, a very large island (460 kilometres [290 mi] in length and 80 kilometres [50 mi] in width at its widest point). However, Vancouver Island is not the only island in what is now known as the Salish Sea. There are hundreds of other much smaller islands that form the archipelago called the Gulf Islands. These islands are in Victoria's back yard, scattered over the waters between Vancouver Island and the mainland. The largest and most densely populated of these islands is Saltspring Island (pop. about 10,000). Saltspring is a fascinating place and an interesting bit of its history is that many of the early settlers were immigrants from Hawaii who intermarried with First Nations families already in residence on the island. You can find out more about these islanders in a very interesting article HERE. Many of the original Hawaiian settlers are buried in the churchyard of the the church they helped to build in the 1880s, St. Paul's, pictured above. Saltspring is a very idiosyncratic island for many other reasons and we'll have a closer look at it over the next few days.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Gay Pride Week (July 1- 8) here in Victoria. Above, members of the Queens team add a whole new layer of meaning to "stealing a base."