Author: donsca

A dabbler in photography, writing and science.

Mr/Mrs Seagull

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This little gull was so cooperative the other day. It sat on the rail, as I walked by and got my camera out to take a shot of the Olympics across the strait.

When I turned back, it was still there. I said out loud “How about a picture”, and it didn’t move. I swung the camera around zoomed in a bit and snapped a couple of shots. It was good enough to just sit there and put up with the paparazzi.

Now, if I could just remember to focus on the eyes and then reframe….

Twins leaving harbour

Twins leaving the harbour
Last month, I saw these two, almost identical boats leaving Victoria for ports unknown.

I wondered what their story was; going home? rentals finished for the year? close friends off to another port? strangers who just happened to cross paths?

Perhaps it’s best left to the imagination, and accept the peaceful feeling it leaves me with when I look at the photo.

Cat sitting

I took care of sister’s cat for 10 days or so back in July. That was quite a milestone.  I’m mostly a dog guy, after having 2 dogs for over 15 years, but it went well, and the cat seemed a lot friendlier after that.

In fact, I got invited back for a replay. Sister and her hubby had a conference to go to in Vancouver, so they asked if I could drop in for a bit and cat sit. They left Thursday night, I arrived at their place on Friday morning and stayed through Saturday morning. They’re coming back tonight.

How did it go? Well, did the cat ever have a lot to tell me! She mewed and mewed pretty much constantly, from when I got there until I left. In and out, in and out. Mew mew mew mew, in and out. It got so bad that last night I just had to tell her that I was ignoring her, because she wouldn’t shut up and I had no idea what she wanted.

The strange thing was that she shut up and had a nap after that. Weird, eh?

Guess they know more than they let on.

You know you’re getting old when

you’ve outlived a bridge ;-(

I just realized that crews have been blasting away the remnants of the old Port Mann Bridge that used to crossed the Fraser River.

The new one, under construction on the left in the photo below, opened in 2012 and is quite a 10 lane marvel. The old one, seen on the right below, opened in 1964.

Guess I’ll have a few years on either side of the old one. Amazing how time flies when you’re having fun.

Just Past Half Way

Who knew?

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Out on the end of the breakwater in Victoria, you never know what you’ll see.

This day, there were 3-4 sets of 2 canoes paddling out, around the Brochie Ledge light and back into the harbour.

Hardy folks, for sure. Must have been some kind of Dragon Boat crews, or something like that, I guess.

Salmon run

Spawning salmon
A salmon run is quite an event, and worth a visit if you get a chance.

The chum salmon are running in the Goldstream River right now. They are not as colourful as the sockeye and chinook, but the run is impressive none the less.

The fish in the photo are close to 2 feet long and are working their way up the river from an estuary at the end of Saanich Inlet on Vancouver Island. The run continues through mid December.