I Used To Like Bluegrass Music

Old Neptune looks down in Victoria Harbour. I wonder how many folks notice him.

Old Neptune looks down in Victoria Harbour.
I wonder how many folks notice him.

 

( No offence Billy Connolly) The title line once appeared in a previous blog about a campground in Arizona. I used it again as I left a campground in Sooke. The campground operator was preparing for a Bluegrass festival on the upcoming weekend. He was rolling his eyes already as tents sprouted all round and practising bands picked their way through the morning. “You’re got a a wild weekend ahead I see,” I intoned. “By Monday morning you’ll be saying, I used to like banjo music.” his smile was so forlorn. At least the weather was perfect.

Keep your blinkers on...it's nuts out here. Some animal-rights advocates want to ban horse-drawn carriages in Victoria because of the traffic danger. My experience with work horses leaves me believing they enjoy their work.

Keep your blinkers on…it’s nuts out here.
Some animal-rights advocates want to ban horse-drawn carriages in Victoria because of the traffic danger. My experience with work horses leaves me believing they enjoy their work.

If only horses could talk!

If only horses could talk!

The weather has eased into rainy days which we so desperately need. It is cool and variable. Those of us wanting to get some brightwork done on our boats are a bit frustrated but there will be plenty of hot, dry days ahead and every drop of rain is precious. Meanwhile I’m muddling with some major changes in my personal life. It’s a time of darkness. I’m not feeling particularly articulate at the moment but I’m still finding joy in life through my photography.

A lineup of rental/tour bikes. A great way for visitors to see the city, ...and no-one seems worried about their safety

A lineup of rental/tour bikes. A great way for visitors to see the city,
…and no-one seems worried about their safety

When I was a kid this was an ultimate accessory.

When I was a kid this was an ultimate accessory.

Here are lots of pictures for my readers, many taken on a recent orbit to the West of Victoria.

A true photograph need not be explained.

Nor can it be contained in words.”

… Ansel Adams

The War Bitch Nothing glorious in reality.

The War Bitch
Nothing glorious in reality, victorious or not.

Now THAT'S a lawn ornament! The old Sheringham Point Light , salvaged to make a small museum in Sooke on Southern Vancouver Island.

Now THAT’S a lawn ornament!
The old Sheringham Point Light , salvaged to make a small museum in Sooke on Southern Vancouver Island.

Through a window, a scene from a woodcutter's cabin just as it was left.

Through a window, a scene from a woodcutter’s cabin just as it was left.

Both Day gone by

Bath Day, Laundry Day gone by

BAT MAN...The time-faded emblem of international harvester

BAT MAN…The time-faded emblem of International Harvester Co.

Simple complexity An old gillnet drum quietly returning to the forest it came from

Simple complexity
An old gillnet drum quietly returning to the forest it came from

A very happy three-legged dog fetching balls in the clear water of the upper Sooke River Potholes

A very happy three-legged dog fetching balls in the clear water of the upper Sooke River Potholes

FAMILY Off for an afternoon through an old orchard to the beaches, fields and forest trails of East Sooke Park. The park is huge and delightful.

FAMILY
Off for an afternoon through an old orchard to the beaches, fields and forest trails of East Sooke Park. The park is huge and delightful.

One of many  old farm meadows in East Sooke Park. Yes it IS real!

One of many old farm meadows in East Sooke Park. Yes it IS real!

The Low Road A well-worn path on the way to Becher Point

The Low Road
A well-worn path on the way to Becher Point

Becher Point Petroglyph Looking out on Juan De Fuca Strait and the shores of the Olympic Peninsula WA

Becher Point Petroglyph, you’ve got to look for it!
Looking out on Juan De Fuca Strait and the shores of the Olympic Peninsula WA

Now can you see it? It is etched in solid granite.

Now can you see it?
It is etched in solid granite.

Smooth! Arbutus limbs and a spider's web.

Smooth!
Arbutus limbs and a spider’s web.

ZORRO was here!

ZORRO was here!

Race Rocks Lighthouse in the distance. This granite monolith was pre-manufactured in Scotland, sailed around Cape Horn  and assembled on site. Imagine the storms it's weathered.

Race Rocks Lighthouse in the distance. This granite monolith was pre-manufactured in Scotland, sailed around Cape Horn and assembled on site. Imagine the storms it’s weathered.

Mamostratus clouds over the marina. no tricks, that's the way they were.

Mamostratus clouds over the marina.
no tricks, that’s the way they were.

An all-natural, completely organic light show.

An all-natural, completely organic light show.

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