Holland Park bluff walk

Fairly often, I’ll take this walk along the outer edge of Holland Park in Victoria, BC (Wikipedia link). There are a couple of routes, but the best is what I call the lung buster. About half way through, there’s a quick climb up from sea level to the top of the bluff via a mix of stairs and path (about 15-20m elevation). Feels good when you’ve finished and you’ve caught your breath again.

Anyway, the view is always changing. These shots are from the top of the bluff looking south-east on a winter morning.

Bright sky on a cloudy day

And a few minutes later,

Hint of sun above the clouds

Wildlife along the David Foster Walkway in Victoria BC

Several times a week I’ll take a walk around part of the Victoria Harbour. The path I take is called the David Foster Walkway, and it goes from the US ferry terminals downtown, around to Fisherman’s Wharf.

This spring, I started watching a family of otters feed, but one day, I saw these little critters out and about. I guess this racoon family felt rather safe digging for breakfast in the harbour mud. Very cute to see.

Digging for breakfast

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 😉

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.