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. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ceramics - II

Teapot, 2 cups, a creamer and a sugar bowl by Scott and Garnet Beardsley of Beardsley Pottery
on Denman Island. Their studio has long been a stop on the Denman Island Pottery Studio
Tour held every year in May.
This is the second in an ongoing series featuring ceramics by potters of the west coast.

Monday, September 25, 2017


A photographer capturing a typical late September day at Willingdon Beach - cool, windy, and threatening rain.
These are are archive photos, but the September weather never changes.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Brown-Eyed Susans

Brown-eyed Susans.

Lots of Brown-eyed Susans.

Lots and lots of Brown-eyed Susans.
At the Cranberry Cemetery. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

End Of The Day?

Tying up his dozer boat and heading to shore in those orange Stihl caulk boots. Though I
have never understood why "caulk" is pronounced "cork", or is it
that "cork" is spelled "caulk"?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Seeing Double

A domestic bird, somebody on Cranberry Lake must be rearing Muscovy Ducks, a handful
of these were floating around on the lake at the bottom of Drake St., yesterday.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Going Up

Past mid-September and we still have tourists checking out our views. These out-of-towners
were going up the trail to Valentine Mountain, to take in the view at the top.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


A tea set by Cranberry Pottery. It's been some years now since the potters closed shop
and retired, but after 35 or so years there is an awful lot of their work around our city.

This is the first post in what will be an ongoing series featuring west coast potters and their work for
those coming days when the weather keeps me home - or I'm otherwise indisposed - and need a blog post.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Looking Back

As the weather isn't cooperating I've dug into the archives.
These are photos taken at the outdoor Market/Fall Fair over the last few years.
Above, from 2009, sourdough breads.

Preserves at the 2011 Fall Fair.

This floral arrangement greeted visitors at the entrance to the Fair in 2013.

Chicken-in-a-Basket, taken at the 2014 Fall Fair.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017


We're back, with the first photo taken in 4 weeks. This Dahlia is one of the few blooms still
to be found in the Townsite's Triangle Garden.
Summer is gone for another year.