Thursday, June 22, 2017


I've posted Killdeer photos before, but they are a delightful little bird and when I come
across a cooperative one, I take the photos.

A late lunch, and according to the time stamps on the camera, less than 2 seconds
to scarf it down. Must have been hungry.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Phil - or so the chalkboard named him - one of the balladeers enjoying himself
on stage at the Market on Father's Day Sunday.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Engineer

Of the Paradise Valley Railroad. Rides for the Dad's were free on Father's Day Sunday, 
but with the cool damp weather there wasn't a huge turnout at the Farmer's Market, and by
the time I'd left I hadn't seen many takers.

And yes, we'll keep off the track!

Monday, June 19, 2017


To quote that well-know fellow to the south of us, "Sad, so sad!", but I can't get Skippy in Canada anymore!
I stocked up at the time - a few more than you see here - but I've just finished the
last of my favourite peanut butter.
It was a long and happy relationship, but they've left me in the lurch. Sad, so sad.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Truthfully, these aren't my favourite bloom, but they were there, and I needed a
shot or two for the blog queue. So here you go.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Old Friend

This Eagle is getting to be an old friend, we seem to meet regularly on the same
branch of the same tree. And like many an old friend ...

...sometimes you've had enough of each other, and it's time to head to the next tree.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Street Art

Street art, for lack of a better definition. It's a condoned wall, so I can't call it graffiti, but a Banksy it's not.
In Cranberry, on the Curling Club, a short section of a long covered wall. On the backside, and not
view-able from Cranberry St. Thankfully.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Roses May Be Red ....

...but I prefer the other colours (not least because I find deep floral red a difficult colour
to get right with my camera).

These were found at the little City rose garden at Joyce Ave and Westview, on Sunday morning.

I do these bushes every spring, can't seem to help myself.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Man At Work - Take 2

Fueling up his Cat excavator (from a tank on his truck, you don't just drive those into the service station) at 7:30am,
before the paying work started at 8. Three excavators are working at the lot below the
School Board offices on Ontario St. Rumour is more houses going in.

I keep telling myself that, now I'm retired, it's great I don't have to get up early in the morning,
but I still seem to be getting up early in the morning, if just to take photos.

I resisted the temptation to title this "The Man With The Dragon Tattoo". There's a large
"Oriental Wizard Riding Dragon" on his left arm.

Monday, June 12, 2017


This week last year a friend and myself packed our camera gear in his boat and headed
"up the lake". That being Powell Lake for the non-resident readers. One item on
the list was Osprey photos, of which there are a fair number of opportunities up the lake.

June is nesting season, and there was a hatchling, maybe two, in this nest underneath that adult.

 They are a magnificent bird, as all raptors are, but I've always thought they look just a little bit silly face on.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sticky Buns

Lots of fine looking baked goods at the Farmer's Market yesterday, at several different stalls.

Some of it moved very quickly ...

...and I went home with some sticky buns.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mixed Feelings

I have mixed feelings over Canada Geese. On the one hand they are definitely a handsome bird, and they
certainly photograph well. On the other, the  mess they make of our parks nobody would wish for.
But when I see some fool let his dog chase them out of the park, as happened here, I get
this urge to kick the dog ...and its master. Mixed feelings.

These birds were catching the sun at Willingdon Beach.

One half of a domestic squabble, best not to interfere!

Posing for the portrait.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Seaspan Cutlass

The Seaspan Cutlass and two chip barges, her third barge was already on its way into the harbour.
Since they knocked down the scrub along a section of the mill road, it's a much better view
of the tugs on the far side of the "hulks" that make the artificial harbour for the mill.
Below is the Cutlass making her way back south at Grief Point, just an hour or
two later, pulling 3 empty barges a good way behind her.

Thursday, June 8, 2017


Pretty, and very low maintenance, they grow like a weed, in amongst the weeds.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Corvus caurinus

Corvus caurinus AKA the Northwestern Crow. Endemic to the coast of the Pacific
Northwest, they are a tad smaller than the American Crow in parts east, though you would
need to see them side by each to tell the difference. As you can see, it gave me an
appraising eye, then decided I was worth the cold shoulder. Intelligent bird.

An aside: I had thought the phrase "side by each" to also be endemic to our coast, I certainly
never heard it till I came West, but it seems it's used on both coasts. Live and learn.

According to Wikipedia, "Beaches and shorelines are the principal forage areas" and
that's where I found this bird, on one of the logs at Willingdon Beach.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Man At Work

I take a lot of tugboat photos, and I often think it would have been nice to have
spent my working life on the water. But then I'm pretty sure that to this
fellow, crawling out of the below deck engine room of the J.R.W.,
it's just a job.

These are archive photos of a Seaspan worker, from when we still had Seaspan
tugs working out of our harbour. They've been gone 2 years.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Rhodos # 16 Thru # 20

By this time last year the Rhodo season was nearing the finish line, but as this year the season
was late starting, it's finishing later also. This post I'm cheating just a tad in that the
photo of the white variety was taken on my recent day-trip to the Island, and isn't a local.
(Being local to Powell River is important - I've been living here 40+ years,
and I'm still not considered a local by the locals!)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

PRISMA On The Beach

It's June, so it must be PRISMA month, and this year the dates are June 12 - 24.
And once again, Arthur Arnold and the Festival Orchestra will be at Willingdon Beach
for a free concert and festivities, on the 14th. So fair warning, Powell Riverites,
mark your calendar.

 These photos of the string players of the Festival Orchestra, who sit at the front and get photographed,
are from the first PRISMA on the Beach, in 2015.