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.
As a way to say Happy New Year, I've managed to prepare December post just in time. There were some amazing sights to catch, what with cormorants and Bald Eagle occupying the piles in Sidney and taking in the views of the Mount Baker. Grand Christmas light display at the private house driveway has been iconic Victoria sight for 28 years, and this is last year it's being put up. Truck parade, Inner Harbor lights, a Steller Jay in my backyard... all in all, it's been productive month. Enjoy :)
It's been a while, hasn't it? Fall proved to be a tad busier than I'd like. As it's winding down, let's try and summarize what occurred. First of all, my exhibition at The Atrium on Sept 30 went well. Let me show you what I presented (including myself and Iryna):
It was met with great appreciation and a few of my favorite pieces sold and moved to their new homes. Then our gorgeous autumn started and presented its usual array of amazing photo opportunities. Sharing them with you in no particular order and starting with food, enjoy!
This post is going to be a tad different from my usual. The thing is, there are a lot of Montreal images that I'd like to show you. The city is so vibrant, full of amazing street art and graffiti, it would be a shame to try and squeeze all the impressions in 20-30 images of a blog post. So, I will show some Victoria images in the blog and give you a link to Montreal gallery which you can explore at your own pace. Hope you like this approach. With that, here are some photos in Victoria and around.
We had a few days of smokey skies when the impact of the mainland wildfires reached the island:
Some clear skies too, to be sure:
Then we had 150 anniversary of Canada
Then we had solar eclipse
and some nice sunsets.
All in all, eventful enough - and I am far behind in processing all the photos. With that, promised Montreal gallery is at http://www.arrestinglight.com/montrealstreetart, Enjoy!
It's been a while since the last update. Things just got crazy on my end, with multiple developments (all good!) in both The Time Machine Diet book sales and photography business. I'll try to catch up though, so bear with me please! The following collection is selected from the shots since April to Mid-July, in Victoria and Kelowna. Enjoy!
Where else eagles stage such show right in front of you?
Hard at work!
This is how you cross the road. Look left, look right, open your tail and go!
Between some commercial photography, exhibition of a few of my prints and an upcoming trip to Montreal, I hope to be able to post the next update late August to mid September. Let's see how I keep up. For now, let me add as a sample the poster of the event where, among works of amazing artists, my exhibition will take place. Photo on the poster is shot by me as well:
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:
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