Author: donsca

A dabbler in photography, writing and science.

Christmas is officially here

Home Lumber
I can’t remember who said it originally, but it resonated with me as well: “It’s not Christmas until I’ve seen ads for Chia pets and the Clapper”. Well, I’ve seen them both now, so ūüėČ

The other side of the coin is the Christmas community celebrations. Last night in Victoria we had the Lighted Truck Parade and the Lighted Ship Parade.

There were a lot more trucks than ships, but with either, it’s impressive how much effort some folks put in to make it a success for the community. Kudos to them!

My ship prize goes to the tropical Santa:
Tropical santa

Head on

Seagulls on a roofEver notice how birds always face the weather head on. One reason is that the air flows over their feathers and keeps the feathers flat, trapping warmer air under the feathers to keep the birds warm.

Standing the other way, with their backs to the wind, just results in ruffled feathers and colder birds.

There’s a lesson about life to be learned there….

Paddleboarding in Juan de Fuca

Paddle boarder

I saw this person out on a paddleboard a couple of hundred meters off Clover Point in Victoria. He/she seemed to struggle a bit coming out of Ross Bay, but once out into the strait, it looked like the paddling got easier. Could have been the tidal currents around the point, I guess.

The air temperature was in the single digits and I expect the water was too. The paddler was all suited up in a floater suit and tethered to the board. Safe enough, I guess, but it had to be uncomfortable.

Seems like a dangerous, lonely sport at this time of year. But, to each his own, as they say.

Camouflaged doors (or sort of)

A Clover Point phenom

A Clover Point phenom

At Clover Point in Victoria, there’s a pumping station with some doors that appear to match the rock wall that surrounds them – sort of.

The doors are quite a bit darker than the walls, and they are plastered with signs pleading for people not to climb on the walls. Still, it’s a good effort to camouflage the doors and make them fit in with the wall.

Here’s a closer look at the doors. Can you see the hinges, the lock and the handle?

Camouflaged doors 2

When advertising jumps the shark

<rant on>I get it. Generating a news paper costs money, and advertising pays for it. But paying for the paper does too, doesn’t it?

Why, oh why, when I buy a news paper, do I have to break through ads to get to two, not one, but two of the sections to get to the news; one of which, I might add, is the front page of the damn paper. Grrrr.

Wikipedia definition: “use some type of “gimmick” in an attempt to keep viewers’ interest, and which is taken as a sign of desperation”.<rant off>

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Above: the paper today in Victoria – on the left, section C1; on the right, the ‘front’ page. The ads had to be removed to get to the news.

 

There is always a bright spot

Bright spot
No matter how low the clouds get, there’s always a bright spot somewhere.

Juan de Fuca Strait had kind of a dark mood this morning. The cloud deck was low and threatening, but still, there was a bit of light catching the edges here and there.

Calm between the storms. We had a ton of rain yesterday and more is expected tonight and tomorrow.

But, there’s always the bright spot, right?