The Dallas Beach walk in Victoria offers a splendid variety of visual pleasures.
Whether it’s sailboats up against the Olympics…
…flowers framing the jagged coast line.
…or kite surfers and sailors celebrating a windy day.
Even the coastal police scenes have a laid back vibe.
Take the case of the caught camper – whose morning view was prempted by the authorities.
But with typical Island lightness; as this officer patiently and politely tried to rouse a sleeping law-breaker.
And even smiled when caught in the act.
Taking this daily stroll with my camera has helped me focus on the smaller scenes–the close-ups.
It’s “slow seeing”.
Where before, I’d walk past what appeared to be just another “blackbird”;
now I stop and catch my first Brown-headed Cowbird.
But it was the hummingbirds that stopped me in my tracks.
Anna’s Hummingbird to be exact.
Anna’s are at home on the Pacific coast.
The male Anna’s head and throat are covered in iridescent reddish-pink feathers, that can look dull brown or grey when out of direct sunlight.
Anna’s is “stocky” for a hummingbird.
Perhaps that explains their propensity to stay perched, even when observed up close.
And it’s up close, in the sun’s spotlight, that Anna’s really shine.
Like “flying jewelry”.
Anna’s red “mask” lends them the air of a super hero.
The Scarlet Pimpernel, by way of Spiderman.
Super-fast flight is, of course, the key to the bird’s allure.
I was happy to “stand still like a hummingbird” (to borrow the title of Henry Miller’s book);
to see the micro-moment in time, in the space between launch and liftoff.
Then, there is the moment to ruffle feathers.
Finally, befitting the progressive nature of its Vancouver Island home,
there’s a left turn to signal.