This blog includes photography mostly done around Vancouver Island and Victoria BC, with Olympus cameras and lenses. While images deemed printable make it to the galleries, the blog updates may also show just curious every day's shots.
We went through a transition from an unusual cold to spring-like conditions since my last post. This collection will reflect just that, starting with full-blown winter landscapes (pretty weird looking for our area) and switching to warmth and blossoms - almost a full month later than normally. You'll forgive me for over-documenting the winter a bit. After all, I haven't seen this kind of landscape for many years already, so my shutter release went into overdrive.
Lastly, to brag a bit: my image made a cover of the 2017 Victoria Tourist Guide:
January has been a very unusual month for Victoria. What the rest of Canada would consider a warm-up, for this city is a deep freeze. I mean, below zero in the night? And barely nudging above freezing point in the day? Anyway, the couple of weeks during which we saw this phenomenon provided a few nice photo opportunities. Some of the photos from this series are still in the waiting queue, so they'll go in the next post.
Catching up with my photography now that my large project is finalized. Here is the series of January images. Hope you enjoy them, even though they don't have much snow
Last pieces of the autumn:
Downtown with all the Christmas Illumination (I thought
This image was shared on Facebook and Twitter by a few notable Victoria pages, including Tourism Victoria:
What kind of December would it be without blooming cherry tree...
And a few decorated Christmas tree photos,
Happy New Year, everyone!
Being incredibly busy with new project, I am a bit behind with my photography. Here are my latest autumn shots, and in my next e-mail I will tell you about the new project. It's not photography-related, but hopefully will interest you :)
Let's start this mid-autumn collection with something not many people observed up close and personal: harvesting cranberries. Quite a spectacle, I have to say. Judge for yourself:
Commotion at the Ogden Point: Hippo, chopper, cruise ship. 3 in 1.
Fall in forest:
Beacon Hill Park
The Butchart Gardens
Had a photoshoot with two the cutest terriers ever. Making these guys to pose was both a challenge and fun:
A few from Sidney:
Let me tease you with some food photography: shishkebab,
and the grapes harvested right in our backyard:
and finish with spectacular sunset from Patricia bay
Signs of fall...
As always in August, we have this amazing treat: Perseid Meteor shower
Who is hungry?
Dragon in the night
Patricia Bay sunset
Moonrise at the Tulista Park
Last chance: who is hungry?
Look who I met at the beach
I thought this time I would simply post images with no comments. After all, they are photographs, and if they are well-executed, they should speak for themselves, right? I mean, it's not like you need words to tell the hummingbird from smoked turkey legs or drying garlic from a pretty girl near the hot car. BTW, those cars gathered here for Northwest Deuce Days. With this, I'll shut up. Enjoy!
When the summer comes, things look... well, summery. See for yourself.
Sidney, Canada day celebrations. Sea King helicopter demonstrates water rescue techniques
Summer just doesn't happen without roses
or Torch Lilies
or sleeping Moss Ladies
or ducks at the pond with water lilies. OK, I'll stop.
Back to Sidney
Here he pretends to be Sphinx
and Jordy doesn't understand why I pretend I have rights to this chair.
This is how you get your sun tan
Unknown (to me) flower
Awww. Summer romance
Little ducklings. Very new
This turtle seems to be just as new, and just as curious about flowers.
Largest canoe ever mooring in Victoria. Over 4 thousand guests
Some tulip leftovers:
I'll pretend I don't even see you...
...aaand, eye contact!
Beautiful design, isn't it
Blue poppies time!
Island View Beach
California Lilac along Sidney shore
Lavender in my backyard
Farmland all around
Basking in the sun:
And for these, not so much sun:
April can't be without tulips:
or cherry blossoms:
Sidney shore is always fascinating:
...as is Fisherman's Wharf:
First visit of the year:
Tulista Park at the sunset:
"Got my good side?"
Sidney shore again
Beacon Hill Park
Port Sidney Marina
Let's start with couple night shots:
Spring along Sidney seashore
Cormorant to seagull: do you see my boat coming?
Magnolia is a difficult subject, pretty to look at but rarely comes out well on photos. Black and white did it this time:
Spring in Beacon Hill Park
Portrait of a stranger:
Great Blue Herons nesting:
"Yes, I am guarding the house! You keep away, hear me?"
Fun at the Willows Beach
Oak Bay Marina. Seals and otters compete for attention (and fish)
And to conclude, beautiful double rainbow out of my window:
January 29th spring has fired first shots:
Moss Lady is still sleeping though
Spring Prelude at the Butchart Gardens:
Just two weeks later, it's more like a machine-gun
Ducks: and then manna fell from heaven
Tod Inlet, old foundations overtaken by the moss and undergrowth
Sidney seashore, in all its evening glory
This was mostly relaxing month with not much going on, after the holiday rush was over. So, the images reflect just that - slower pace, nothing dramatic. A few decent shots with fog on the water (see what I did there?) is the most drama you get in January.
OK, this one is somewhat dramatic.
Walking on the water!
Let's start with the very last November image and then move to all the illumination and Christmas shots. There are Butchart Gardens (of course!), downtown and Sidney images, almost all of them are of a night variety. The only exception are a few Christmas Day daytime shots in Sidney which I inserted to give you a little break from the holiday lights. Happy New Year!
November, as expected, yielded deep autumn colors, fallen leaves and some close encounters with peacocks. Let's go over this fall's crop. As none of the images requires any comments, I'll just leave them for you to scroll through.
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