A short trip to Victoria BC

Lucky me, I’m off again on an other getaway. Back to one of my favorite cities in north America, Victoria BC.  It’s easy to get here, it’s inexpensive to get here and it’s beautiful getting here. Then when you arrive you’re immersed in a culture of happy people whos apparent collective ambition is to get along with each other and be happy. Nice place. The reason, other than just loving it here, that I come as often as I do, is to visit with my good friend

Lewis (aka) Bud

Lewis. One of the best men I know. A good friend and a kind citizen to humanity.   We will walk, drink, dine and score enough laughs to satisfy any thirst for levity, which if you’re coming from the US, a little levity is sorely needed right now.

This short weekend will be spent mostly walking around looking for photos. Lewis is working both days I’m here so I’ll have a rare opportunity to walk and shoot with time on my hands and a mind and heart focused on stories.

Port Angeles, Washington. This is the dock from which the BlackBall Ferry service operates the Coho Ferry.
I couldn’t resist grabbing a quick shot of this lovely woman and her hail swirling out of control. I did look for her afterward and gave her a copy of the image.

The view arriving into the Inner Harbor is always beautiful and always welcoming, no matter the weather.

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The Inner Harbor and The Empress Hotel

Victoria is a great city for walking around and making surprise discoveries. There are so many small restaurants covering nearly every type of cuisine you can imagine and in most cases it’s done perfectly and always with a welcoming smile. This mornings stroll took me to breakfast at Relish, a small restaurant with imaginative pairings and amazing results.  I had the Baked Eggs with chard, spinach, Brie and salad and it was delicious.


Wandering around after breakfast I came across a lot of beautiful and old architecture. I couldn’t find the date of this church But the stone work and stained glass was magnificent.img_0400

Inside the church a choir was singing and their voices embraced the feeling you got while standing in awe of this places beauty.img_0397Hidden treasures for photographers are everywhere and without even looking too hard. Tomorrow’s my last full day here and back to the US I go on the BlackBall Coho Ferry.  No matter how long the stay, this lively, happy place is always a treasure.

Until next time.

The Canadian flag flying over City Hall. Also the view from bedroom at Lewis’s condo. Lucky me.

The Canadian flag flying over City Hall. Also the view from my bedroom window at Lewis’s condo. Lucky me.

So for now I have fond memories and photos and the good fortune of knowing I can go back to beautiful Victoria BC anytime.  A short drive to Port Angeles, an hour and a half on a really nice ship and I’m there.

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The Coho Ferry at the BlackBall Ferry Terminal

Fall ~ 2016

We are currently in the middle of the wettest October in our history.  I don’t know how many inches of rain we’ve had to date but it is soggy, everywhere.  Getting out to find our typical fall colors hasn’t been easy this year.  Big wind storms, lot of rain, very little travel and no creative juices flowing, has largely kept the cameras in the bag with only a few exceptions.

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The first big windstorm of the season turned out to be no wind storm at all.

The month of October started out with a windstorm that blew most of the leaves from the trees down.  But we did get what was billed as the biggest windstorm of the season so I drove out to the coast, to Westport, Washington to have a look and maybe get a few shots of some big waves.  The photo above is pretty much the biggest wave we got, at least that night.  I heard there was more to be seen the next day.

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Downtown Westport, Washington as the “big” storm was preparing to make landfall.

By the time the storm had passed it had blown much of leaves off of the trees so fall colors were a little scarce from this time forward.  But not entirely.  After doing a little driving around I was lucky and found a few places that still had a bit of color.

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Near the Tahuya River, Tahuya, Washington

This was one of those days when I felt I needed to get out with camera in hand and find something, anything to shoot.  To find some inspiration, some creativity, anything to open up the otherwise clogged up creative channels.

So when that happens I load up a little gear, not much because I don’t want to get lost in the process of thinking in terms of gear, get in the car, pick a direction and drive.  Typically I’ll drive away from the busier side life but not always.  Sometimes I’ll drive straight into the city to connect with an other kind of life view.

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Saw this car placed purposely at the beginning of someones driveway.  It looked like it matched the fall colors surrounding it.

On another weekend my lovely wife and I decided on one of our regular weekend drives to Port Townsend, Washington.  It’s a “can’t miss” kind of place.  It’s a beautiful drive getting there, the town is historic and beautiful.  There are a dozen plus good places to eat and lots of really good coffee spots with fabulous views of the Puget Sound and mountains.

It’s a wonderful place to walk, talk and it’s relaxed atmosphere lends itself toward day dreaming.

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Port Townsend, Washington

The month of October ended up with a celebration.  My sweet wife had a significant birthday and off to the big city (Seattle) we went for a couple of days.  Dining at the best seafood restaurants, Martini’s and wine at fun bars, shopping and best of all walking and laughing our way through the city.

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And so comes to a close another wonderful October and the end of another beautiful Fall in the Pacific Northwest.