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Signs of End Times

As you walk or motor thru life, there’s the chance you’ll be seduced

by messages in the public space.  

Sometimes they entertain…sometimes they seek to entice.

Take this highway sign in Virginia.

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Is there life after Exit 320 in Crossville?

Might be best to sit and think this over.

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We’re all heading somewhere fast…

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…maybe too fast.

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But no matter the species, the ending is written in stone.

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Scouting the closing scenes in this small town cemetery–

it was clear that, in death, the road still beckoned.

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An epitaph is like

an eternal tweet.

And if I’m going to be grounded,

I’d pick a plot that’s bare bones.

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The Puppets take Victoria

The scene: Victoria in September.  

The cast: Puppeteers of America (gathering in a garden spot to showcase their art)

The plot:  A neighborhood awakes one Saturday to find itself awash in color and spectacle, delighting all who wade in, or watch the parade pass by.

 

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Children, of course, are transfixed

and transported.

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The parade passed by the Victoria Art Museum,

where a mural came to life.

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Quite a scene, this puppet

play day.

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Eye Sights

Take a walk around town, along the coast, or in the park.  Life is movement, that catches your eye, and stops you in your tracks.

So that you can see… 

The Long and the Short of It

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Sidewalk Serenade

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Down to Earth

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Jelly Roll  

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Goose Steppin’

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As Easy as 3, 2, 1

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 Ruffled Feathers

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Having a Ball

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Cat Flight

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Bird Tales

Beacon Hill Park in Victoria is normally a place of peace,

   offering a time…to take time.

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But one day the peace was broken,

   by a cacophony of sound.  

For this couple,

  there was trouble in paradise.

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It was out in the open,

   the push and pull of relationships…

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  the dance of distress.

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How was it resolved?

…in the end, the squawking you take,

is equal to the squawking you make.

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There’s another pair of Island birds that stick in my memory.

I first came upon this woman,

   eating lunch on the Dallas Beach path.

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And on a fence post directly across from her…

   perched a pair of Ravens.

This pair were clearly in sync, in silent supplication,

   and hungary for attention.

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Front Row Busking

Fun can be hard work, ask any entertainer–better yet, ask a busker.

At this year’s Busker’s Festival, I gained a front row appreciation for the sweat equity invested by these modern day vaudevillians.

When it comes to catching and holding a crowd, they’re playing with fire.

 

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I had seen this married pair perform before, but enjoyed this close-up so much more.

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The crowd was pumped…

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As is often the case–a call was made for audience participation, and a young girl responded.

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Fortified, our young volunteer made ready for the catch in the hat.

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Alas, not all attempts are successful, though she made an after-the-fact lunge.

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Despite the drop she was a happy camper, and got $20 for her performance.  

Meanwhile the leader of the next act was warming up by massaging the shoulder’s of an audience member .  

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Until the tourist turned the tables.

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These break dancers from the heart of the city, brought a bit of New York to Victoria’s island scene.

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And yes, they asked for audience participants.

Earlier, I had mistakenly responded to their question: “Anyone here from New York?”

“Born in Brooklyn,” I shouted.  

Minutes later, I found myself in front of my own camera, pulled up from my front row seat to “dance”.  Dare I say, I got a bit carried away.

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After I exited, to the high fives of 8, 10 and 12 year olds, the show climaxed with a successful leap over a bevy of new volunteers…

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Eye Sight

I am three and a half months into this most recent Victoria sojourn.

So, some impressions.

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     Due Vigilance

 

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Sky High

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Carrying a Spare

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Homeless Stick

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Heron Klatch

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Bounty

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When’s the Last Time You Saw an Edsel?

(Look it Up)

 

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Triple Play

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Frightfully Fun

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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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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