No Planet B

Washington, DC was hot on Saturday.  Record heat and humidity met tens of thousands of people who marched for action on Climate Change.

With the fate of the Earth in the balance, creativity, anger and hope flourished.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Women’s March: Signs of the Times

Last Sunday millions of people worldwide took to the streets to send a message.  The election of Donald Trump provoked an outpouring of emotions, much of it expressed in sign language.

I was with half a million marchers in Washington, DC.   A turnout much larger than the inauguration that preceded it, and focused on a President who believes in “alternative facts”.  Anger mixed with the joy of a shared vision for a more inclusive and “kinder”country. 

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A number of signs reflected the concerns of environmentalist Bill McKibben:  “It’s clear that we’re about to witness the steady demolition, or attempted demolition, of the environmental protections that have been put in place over the past five decades.”

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This is only the beginning.

Sun Spots

The late afternoon sun, laying low on Vancouver Island, provides a spark to any picture .  

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A magic hour for seeing light and color dance.

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Flowers bloom…

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A peacocks loses himself, in a spot on disappearing act…

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A seagull takes a late afternoon dip, in a lit up lagoon…

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And upon exiting, takes a bow.

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Then you come upon the abandoned pitchfork,

lending a touch of the macabre to a placid pond.

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Sun setting on the Island…

keep your eye on it.

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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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