Where Art Thou?

Victoria, BC is graced with an abundance of artists.  

 Almost every stroll turns into an art walk.  Here’s what 2014 has displayed for me so far.

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Sometimes it’s in the eye of the beholder, au naturale…

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…or is it?

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Then there is the bounty of the organized art walk, this one down Moss Street.  

Where artists and aficionados reign for a day.

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Art and street life reside.

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Where artists and their art, blend…P1300313

 

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and where even snack time, offers a tasty treat for the eyes.

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If You See it – Celebrate It!

In the midst of a sunny summer, Victoria knows how to celebrate.

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Canada Day was a birthday bash 147 years in the making…

Standing “on guard for thee.”

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The sun set, music filled the great lawn in front of the Legislature…

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venders took last call, as expectations rose for the grand finale.

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A stroll down to the harbor gets you close to the little island…where the big bang awaits.

Then night gives way to light.

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The celebration ended with an image that looked like…creation.

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The next weekend brought out the flash and color of Victoria’s annual Gay Pride Parade.  Quite the scene…

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Tourists wondered what they had walked into.

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Just one more reason to celebrate in the Capital City.

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Scene It: Kite Flight Fest

A walk in Victoria, BC will often stop you in your tracks.

Even the eagle, resting atop the world’s 4th highest totem pole, appears transfixed…

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…by the impromptu festivities below.

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Then again, festivals are de rigueur for Victoria in the summer.

This Victoria Day found Chinese Dragons once again, leaving mouth’s agape.

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There were tykes on motor bikes…

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…and a street demo to palpitate a parent’s heart.

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What really lit up the coast of Victoria in late May was the city’s first International Kite Flying Festival.  

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Kiting is a high art form.  

Acclaimed kite designers  from around the US and Canada used the blue sky for their canvas. 

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Kids were, of course, captured by the kites.

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The kiters who journeyed to Victoria put on a show of synchronized kiting.

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 As dusk descended along the coast, and a cruise ship departed for Alaska…

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Kites lit up the night sky.  

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Providing fireworks…without the fire.

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And another Victoria day ends with a splash of color.

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Scene It!

Returning to Victoria after a 6 month stay in suburban Maryland was certainly a breath of fresh air.

There was also a slight sense of “been here, seen this,” unlike our initial landing on Vancouver Island three years ago.  

But then, as before, the beauty hit.  I relaxed into the sublime slide-show of Victoria’s day-to-day:

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Kites dancing above Dallas Beach.

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Herons stepping out.

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While it was lovely to once again view a mini-duck dynasty in the placid ponds of Beacon Hill Park…

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…I got an unexpected jolt from seeing ducks in the soup, in the rolling waves of the Strait.

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Where they had to seek shelter from the storm.

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There are the other unique Island characters that cross your path.  Like this long man on a short bike…with takeout.

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It was, of course, wonderful to see my old friend, Anna’s Hummingbird.  

If you are patient, Anna is likely to reward you with a dance.  Or was it yoga…a sun salutation perhaps?  Whatever it was, this Anna was into the flow.

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Loose, limber, and ready to fly!

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To be continued…