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An Event Full Summer

Before summer memories fade to Fall, best to savor some more highlights.

Victoria excels in honoring people’s passions with a season of “Festivals”.  

So…go fly a kite.

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Or hit the road to Deuce Days.  

Over a thousand classic cars from throughout the US and Canada, restored by mostly male boomers, who are enjoying the ride of their lives.

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(A summer side trip to Vancouver brought this unique auto art sighting…

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…and the Dixie Chicks at Rodgers Arena.)

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Back on the Island, a Pride parade.

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Let’s wrap with a sampler of summer scenes.

Here, a pop up show…

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 …dance on Dallas Beach.

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Walk on, take a seat, and watch the Beacon Hill Bridge reflect…

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…or catch the bats, balls…

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and Buds.

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We’ll close with a walk along the Dallas Beach Breakwater…

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…where the sun’s gaze adds mystery, to the life aquatic.

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And we even get a wave goodbye…

to Summer ’16.

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Beauty in Place

As Sinatra sang:  “It’s very nice to go trav’ling / To Paris, London and Rome / It’s oh so nice to go trav’ling / But it’s so much nicer, yes it’s so much nicer, to come home.”

That’s my take on Victoria.  Returning brings feelings both familiar and exhilarating.  

This summer, these song birds echoed my sentiments.

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It’s easy to fall for a city that serves up shots of joy, within the confines of a daily walk.

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Rush hour…

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…and Happy Hour.

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And of course, time to reflect…

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…on the Island’s vibrant blend of characters.

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Out with the song birds…

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Be back…

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Hawk in the Hood

Here in the suburbs of Washington, DC, we’re used to watching political hawks squawk on TV (think Donald and Hillary).

But we never expected to see a Red Tailed Hawk…

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…sitting pretty in our backyard.

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She (he?) visited us on two cold, February mornings.  

Just chillin and hawkeyed.

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Here’s looking at you, kid.

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Vancouver Forgets to Remember

We had occasion to take a brief January journey to Vancouver.  

The opening airport scene offered hope that this was a city that honored its history.  

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As it turns out, not so much.

Vancouver’s downtown core does offer many interesting views,

starting harbor-side.

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The city’s central library is an architectural treat,

with a soaring center space.

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While Vancouver’s Chinatown is mired in decay,

murals look back to better times.

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Hendrix lived nearby for a time, with his grandmother.

 

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We did see some fine examples of heritage buildings.

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But increasingly it appears that Vancouver’s history is shadowed by high rises.

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A sign of the times:

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As a Vancouver Sun article put it:  “We’ve done a remarkable job of erasing our architectural history.  

Many of the city’s historic buildings have fallen to the wrecker’s ball over the last 125 years.”

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Public pressure has brought Vancouver a “Heritage Action Plan,” and a renewed focus on “saving historic buildings.”

Let’s hope the city heeds the call…

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Looking Back

This past year, these scenes grabbed my attention.

Starting with my grandson keeping his eye…

on the pitcher.

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And then there was:

Focus…

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Incoming…

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Cloud color…

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An afternoon commute…

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Decked out in the backyard… 

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  Alone time… 

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Reason to celebrate…

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A setting sun soliloquy…                                   

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Pals…

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Harbor light…

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Bridge of sighs…

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House of mirth…

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New York bar….

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 Oyster bar…

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Window dressing…

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Tied up…

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Starin’ heron…

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Faux dog sunset….

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A Fly By Summer

Photography gives and takes,

you back.

Here’s an opportunity to revisit summer ’15 in Victoria.  

These scenes focus on flight.  

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Every dog must have his day…

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And buskers too…

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In August there was a hubbub along Dallas beach.

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Up in the sky, it’s a Bird, it’s a plane…

actually, it’s the Snowbirds. Canada’s take on

synchronized flying.  

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From our 14th floor rental, we were fortunate to have a bird’s eye view of seaplanes

soaring.

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In the backyard of our other summer stay, the bird feeder was so popular it called for air traffic control.  

Here the customer’s careen in for lunch.

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For our final summer fly by, an eagle soars,

in the mist of a Port Renfrew morning.

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New York City: Street and Island Views

Coming down from the High Line-here are some street level sightings. 

Times Square, of course—gotta see the show!  

(This was before NY’s big boob breakout–Google if you missed it.)

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Walking from Broadway to the subway, we happened upon this

underground band.  Dismissing the usual fare, they launched into, of all things,

the Beatle’s A Day in the Life.  

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Densely alive, NY is all about juxtaposition.  

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It feels like you can enter any New York City art gallery, and be challenged.

This exhibit featured female artists,

portraying the burden of women’s traditional roles.

Take the task of cooking countless meals.

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Another gallery focused on New York’s pet-centric nature.

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We’ll end this visit  with a tram ride,

from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island.

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Roosevelt Island, a narrow 2 mile long spit of land in New York’s East River,

provides a place of peace amidst the bustle of the big city.  

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Honoring Franklin D. Roosevelt, it also serves a higher purpose…

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…along with splendid views of the Manhattan skyline.

Views to go out on…

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High Times in New York City

April in New York.

I was reminded that no matter your stature,

the Big Apple will make you feel small (in a good way). 

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When feeling small, it’s great to step up, and see New York in a whole new light.

The High Line— is a 1.45-mile-long linear park, built on an abandoned railway hub.

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In 1999, locals Joshua David and Robert Hammond, started the effort to create an uplifting, public space–to go from rail to ramble.  Super heroes indeed.

 

 

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Today, five million people a year, walk the Line.

Here are some of the sights along the way.

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For apartment dwellers along the Line, their life is an open book.

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And for those who aspire to overlook the Line,

a sign of the gilded times.

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But for the Public, it’s a treasure.  High Line Park offers a bounty of visual treats.

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The High Line is a reminder that New York is always

busy being born.  

And, always a fertile experience.

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Next, we’ll get back to the NYC streets,

before we rise again.

Deer-ly Departed

Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria is a favorite walk of mine, 

bringing peace and perspective.

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These visitors were taking a different kind of sustenance.

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If not quite paying respect, they tread lightly.

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And engaged in their own kind of family reunion.

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All in all, quite a fine day for a nibble in God’s acre.

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Victorian Ramble

Here’s a sample summer ramble through Victoria, BC.

We open with the dating game at Beacon Hill Park.  

This male peacock opens up, in hopes of hailing a hen.  

It appears that size does matter,

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and turnabout is fair play.

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This guy appears to be up a tree, without a mate.

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But wait!  

What light through yonder branches blooms?

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Further along, you’ll run into the colorful characters of

Fisherman’s Wharf.

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And speaking of “colorful characters,” head downtown for the Gay Pride Parade.

Though this summer the colors were somewhat muted, as Victoria’s skies took on an ominous glow from the numerous wildfires burning BC.  

(They’ve since waned due to cooler weather, but beware the Ides of Marching Climate Change)

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Spirits still soared.  

Bottoms up!

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Turn another downtown corner and you might run into

a bike race.

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These gentlemen provided security,

Victoria style.

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Till next time,

keep on truckin.

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