Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bald Eagle

With the horrendous weather lately I'm having to dig into the archives, so here's one of
my favourite Bald Eagle photos. A classic pose on the rocks of the South Harbour breakwater.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Ceramics V

The fifth in this ongoing series featuring west coast potters is a stoneware tea set by Meg Buckley. She was a
potter for almost 50 years, since 1980, till a recent retirement, on Salt Spring Island. Her studio on the Fulford
- Ganges Road was well know for her functional ware in this speckled oatmeal glaze. As she's now retired,
the next time I drop - and break - the lid to that sugar bowl, I will no longer be able to drop into her
Salt Spring gallery to replace it.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Looking Back

Long-time Powell River residents will remember back to February 1975, when 4 rail cars of poisonous liquid chlorine
disappeared from a barge on its way to the local paper mill. The Chieftain III was the tug towing the barge to Powell
River on the evening of Feb 18, in a storm. When dawn broke the following morning the crew noted that the 4 rail
cars were missing. So somewhere in Malaspina Strait, between Glower Point near Gibsons and Powell River,
there still sit 4 rail cars of potentially catastrophic chlorine. Many, many thousands of dollars have been
spent looking for them. In 2004 government scientists said they "might" have located the rail cars, but
they're not sure. After 40+ years of rusting on the bottom there is still no consensus on how
dangerous they really are - estimates run from "very" to "not at all".

These days the Chieftain III is mostly used to haul log booms to the south, in this case, yesterday, to the
bluffs at Gabriola Island, opposite the Harmac pulp mill south of Naniamo.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

It's Not Just The Canadas ...

... that are fouling our parks and playing fields. Their cousins the Snow Geese are lending a hand.
These "helping hands" were busy at the JP Dallos soccer field. It's a mess. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Sad Commentary

 It says something about the state of our world that even in our semi-isolated little city, population
12,384, where you can't leave town without waiting for a ferry, the local RCMP felt
the need to have a fully-armed officer, C8 tactical carbine and all, on station at
the Remembrance Day ceremony on Saturday.

Monday, November 13, 2017

On A Sunday Morning

This archive photo of 3 lads out on the water on a Sunday morning has been one of my favourites for a good while.
That may be because it reminds me of the days of my long-gone youth, when we did this on the St.Lawrence
River, among the Thousand Islands. Taken in early autumn, so just slightly out of season, and so
long ago that these teens are now grown men.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Ready For Winter

Lost its spots and grown a heavier coat, ready for its very first winter.

And not to worry, mama was nearby, just out of the frame.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Those Dull Drab Days

Those drab, dull days, when it's difficult to find a photography subject.
Normal temperatures for the first half of November are somewhere around 10°C so the 3 to 5's we've been
having the last while have been decidedly cool. Add in a breeze, and dark threatening skies and it feels
more like mid-winter than mid-autumn. And definitely not a nice time to be on the water. Which is
probably why the Seaspan Queen was the only boat on the chuck Tuesday, other than our ferries.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Ceramics IV

Continuing the series featuring ceramics by BC potters, for those days I need a blog post. This tea set is
by Anne Byrne, of B's Pottery Studio on Salt Spring Island. This is a celadon glaze, which she uses in a lot
of her work. For many years B's Pottery has been a fixture at the Salt Spring Saturday market at
Ganges, which is where this set was purchased.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Henderson House

The very first home built in Powell River, it was built by the Powell River Co. for Dr. Henderson,
and deeded to him as incentive to become the new town's first doctor. Construction on the
house started in 1910, right next door to, and the same time as, the first hospital. For some
time it was the only privately-owned home in the company town. It was restored as a 
community heritage project for the city's centennial celebration.
An archive photo, from Fall 2011.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Search and Rescue

Sitting at the lip of the Cormorant's bay.
One of the SAR CH-149 Cormorants from Comox was practicing maneuvers with our local CCGS Cape Caution
one day last week. I watched them winch down 3 SAR personnel, from the Cormorant to the deck of the
Caution, not an easy thing to do in the wash from that propeller.

Hanging by a thread.
Note that he - or she - is wearing a full wetsuit,. Even aside from maybe going in the chuck, that's a lot of
wet thrown up by the Cormorant.

Still hanging, but ...
And I will readily admit that whoever it is on the end of that cable, they have more nerve than I do.

,,, getting closer.
The Caution has a 14' beam, which is not an overly large target.

And the eagle has landed!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Gold, Rust and Green

At Cranberry Lake, looking toward Lindsay Park. I posted a similar view last year; this
year the colours are a few weeks earlier. We don't get the bright colours they do
in parts east, but the coast has many other blessings to compensate.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Beyond My Means

Waterfront property that is. The backside of the houses on Willingdon Ave.

Saturday, November 4, 2017


I think it safe to say that one does not expect to hear the sound of a lone French Horn
while passing through the park at Willingdon Beach, yet there it was.

On investigating, I must say I concur with our musician - when you have time off work
and need to practice on a gorgeous autumn day, what better place than the
Amphitheatre at Willingdon. Though he did say it was a little cold on the fingers.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Duck Lake Vistas

The view at Duck Lake last Sunday morning. Top, with an 85mm lens, below, with a 35mm. This is my church on a Sunday.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

At The Weir

To escape the fog in Westview on Sunday morning I headed inland, and made my
first stop at the Haslam Lake weir, where the lake drains into Lang Creek.
This has been, and remains, one of my favourite scenes, I've taken photos here
several times and will probably do so again. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

More Fog

The weatherman said "foggy patches" for Saturday morning, but the reality was a thick
blanket across the coast that spread a good bit inland.
This is the Upper Willingdon pathway.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Like A Mill Pond

I don't know why - and there's probably a rational explanation - but whenever we have
fog, the waters of Malaspina Strait are virtually ripple-less, or as the saying goes,
"it's like a mill pond out there".  As demonstrated by this shot of the dolphin
off the Westview Wharf, in the recent pea-soup.

Monday, October 30, 2017

On The Seawalk 2

While taking yesterday's photos I noted that this bench, which has been MIA for some time, has been redone
and put back in place. It's the only bench on the length of the Seawalk with any character, the rest
are the usual slatted style, and is meant to represent Sliammon First Nation's part in the local area
and in the building of the Seawalk.  I particularly like the centre whorl, but then I have a
failing for Coast Salish design.
You can see it in context in Photo 2 of yesterday's post, on the right.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

On The Seawalk

On the Seawalk on a foggy morning. Foggy mornings are far from unusual this time of year,
though that certainly isn't stopping many people from enjoying their walk.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Fog At The Hulks

Fog enveloping the "hulks" that form the harbour breakwater at the Catalyst Mill.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Lip-Licking Good

Accessing the archives, from a series taken in Fall 2012. No catch-and-release here.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Canoe Carving II

The Hɛhɛwšɩn (the way forward) Reconciliation Canoe Carving project continues at Willingdon
Beach.  Both canoes, this large one and another smaller one, are being worked on
daily. Saturday the large one will be steamed, to widen it 4 to 6 inches, which
should be interesting to see. Above foreground is carver Sherman Pallen,
below, carver Ivan Rosypskye.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

At Pebble Beach Farm

From the archives : 23 October, 2011
Looking towards Pebble Beach Farm from the water side.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

C'est une chanson, qui nous ressemble
Toi tu m'aimais et je t'aimais
Nous vivions tous les deux ensemble
Toi que m'aimais moi qui t'aimais

Mais la vie sépare ceux qui s'aiment
Tout doucement sans faire de bruit
Et la mer efface sur le sable
Les pas des amants désunis

With the inimitable voice of Edith Piaf, enough to make a man maudlin.
Or is it just the season.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Black Oystercatcher, Once More

As noted more than once before, these are my favourite shorebird, and while a few issues have kept
me away from my camera and blogging, I did manage to catch this Oystercatcher catching
its breakfast one day late last week.

They may not eat oysters, but they certainly have a taste for any mussel they can find along shore. I
watched this bird for about 20 minutes, watched it find and eat 3 of these clams.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Polar Prince

The Polar Prince arrived yesterday afternoon, as forewarned in the Powell River Peak. I'm reasonably sure
a lot of people will make the same mistake I did, but this is not a Coast Guard boat. She used to be though,
and till 1986 she was the CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert. The government retired her, and then sold her to a
private concern in 2001. In any case, it isn't often we see an ice breaker in our local waters. Thankfully not
required. For reference, that's our local CCGS Cape Caution tied up alongside, and she's 47 feet long,
so the Polar Prince is a fair size. She left at 11pm, on her way to Nanoose Bay.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ceramics - III

The two previous posts in this series have been of functional ware, made for everyday use. These pieces by
Gordon Hutchens of Denman Island are decorative ware, or art pottery. They are of crystal-glazed
porcelain, meaning they were fired at high temperatures. Not large, the vase on the left is 7" tall.
Hutchens is very well known, both as potter and teacher, and is currently in charge of the
extensive ceramics program at North Island College in Courtenay, BC.

And if one doesn't recognize a
Hutchens vase by looks, they all carry his signature on the bottom.