I went out to Esquimalt Lagoon on Wednesday to see if there were any interesting birds passing through on their way to their northern nesting grounds. There were lots of Northern Pintail Ducks and Mallards but nothing unusual so I contented myself with a few photos of my favorite model, the Fisgard Lighthouse, since it is visible from the lagoon. From this perspective it almost looks landlocked - that's because of the telephoto compression that makes the naval base on the other side of the harbor entrance seem so close.
Situated on the far west coast of Canada, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of the Province of British Columbia. Its benign climate (the warmest winters in Canada) and placid lifestyle make it a favorite retirement location as well as a popular tourist destination. About 400,000 people live in Victoria and adjacent communities. Click the photos to see them larger!