Friday, March 4, 2011

An Afternoon in Victoria

As soon as we had finished our essential shopping... Costco, Staples and Home Depot... we did a few frivolous things that we seldom take time to do.  We loved the IMAX Arabia so much, we went back to see it again.  

In front of the IMAX/Museum building I was amazed to see several trees ready to burst forth in bloom!  Only a few blossoms were starting to open... but next week I think many of Victoria's streets will be pink.

When we stopped at the Wharfside for some fish and chips... it was raining pretty good.  And then it stopped and the sunlight sparkled in the raindrops on the glass.  Photo by Shirley.  To see more of Shirley's creative photography click on this 365Project link.

We were sitting right next to the outdoor patio... and were pretty happy to have a dry table inside.

We enjoyed our view of the harbour, the parliament buildings and Robbins parking lot... but the most delightful was watching the float planes come and go as we ate.

Walking back to the truck on this pedestrian street, you can see it is "off season."  Soon it will be busy with tourists... but today I took a minute to be a tourist and took a picture of my sweetheart.

With almost an hour to burn before the Red Art Gallery event, we headed out to Oak Bay to check on the progress of the new Oak Bay Beach Hotel.

It was after five so all the workers were long gone... but as you can see the second story is coming along nicely... which couldn't happen until three stories of underground parking were completed.

The huge crane works steady all day...  but enjoys a little break at the end of the afternoon.  It knows there is still a lot of work before this project is completed.

It will take more than a year before we can sleep here... but it is good to see things progressing.

Not far from the Hotel site is the Victoria Golf and Country Club... and what a dramatic ocean view it enjoys!

As the sun was setting the clouds were catching the last rays of the day.  I am looking forward to an invitation to golf here!

Last week we received an invitation to attend a special opening of the new Red Art Gallery in Oak Bay, thanks to Bobb Hamilton,  an old realtor friend from Kelowna days, who now lives here and is married to the artist.  Just to see this invitation is worth the click.  This is a photo I took of Marion Evamy at her gallery last evening.

I first became aware of Marion's work a couple of years ago at the Sydney Community Center Annual Art Show... where she won "Best of Show."  I really love the feeling that radiates from her work.  If you are at all interested in art you will want to click here to check out her website.

We only had a few minutes before catching our ferry home last night... and in all the years we have been going back and forth, this is the first time I stopped to take a photo of this handsome totem pole in the lounge area at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal.  I love the detail and the design.

I never cease to be amazed at some of the shots I get with only my little iPhone.

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally used up and worn out, shouting '...MAN,what a ride!' 
George Carlin 

1 comment:

  1. Not really sure what the quote has to do with today's blog but I love it anyway. Maybe you were thinking of how we usually arrive at the ferry terminal, skidding into place and terribly upset if anyone comes behind us because that would mean we got there too early!!!