Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Polar Prince

The Polar Prince arrived yesterday afternoon, as forewarned in the Powell River Peak. I'm reasonably sure
a lot of people will make the same mistake I did, but this is not a Coast Guard boat. She used to be though,
and till 1986 she was the CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert. The government retired her, and then sold her to a
private concern in 2001. In any case, it isn't often we see an ice breaker in our local waters. Thankfully not
required. For reference, that's our local CCGS Cape Caution tied up alongside, and she's 47 feet long,
so the Polar Prince is a fair size. She left at 11pm, on her way to Nanoose Bay.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ceramics - III

The two previous posts in this series have been of functional ware, made for everyday use. These pieces by
Gordon Hutchens of Denman Island are decorative ware, or art pottery. They are of crystal-glazed
porcelain, meaning they were fired at high temperatures. Not large, the vase on the left is 7" tall.
Hutchens is very well known, both as potter and teacher, and is currently in charge of the
extensive ceramics program at North Island College in Courtenay, BC.

And if one doesn't recognize a
Hutchens vase by looks, they all carry his signature on the bottom.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Saturday's Market

Saturday was the end of yet another season for the outdoor Farmer's Market and we'll
mark it with a splash of floral colour, photos taken at Marisa Mastrodonato's
flower bouquet market booth, on the day.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

In The News

In recent news there was an article that said yesterday was the last day of business for the Landmark Hotel on
Vancouver's Robson St. The hotel has been a Vancouver icon for 44 years, but it's coming down to make way for 2 
condo towers. These are archive photos, from my last stay, almost 6 years ago to the day, and while
they weren't taken from the top - 42 stories - if I remember correctly this is the view
down and across Robson St from the 12th floor as the sun set on the city.

I definitely won't be able to afford one of those new condos when built, but then I haven't been able to
afford recent rates at the Landmark either.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Canoe Carving

The Hɛhɛwšɩn (the way forward) Reconciliation Canoe Carving project is underway at Willingdon Beach,
and over the next 5-6 weeks a very large log will be turned into a very nice cedar canoe. Here carver
Sherman Pallen takes shavings off what will be the prow.

The carvers will be at the site from 8-4:30, Monday through Friday, and anyone interested is invited
to go down and lend a hand. We will be revisiting from time to time, as progress continues.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Black Oystercatchers

I've featured these before, but as they're one of my favourite shorebirds, and there's a number of them along
the Seawalk the last little while, these are here again. "Oystercatcher" is actually a misnomer as
they don't eat oysters, though they do have a fondness for clams.

The top bird is a juvenile, it doesn't have the full bright orbital eye ring that this adult has, and also
the beak is a duller orange.

Thursday, September 28, 2017


Leucism : a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white,
pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. (Wikipedia)
As in this Northwestern Crow.