Lens-Artists: Changing or Changeable

Seasonal changes alter the landscape, deep greens give over to vibrant amber, flaming reds and oranges, and cold… A photographer alters the light, shifts the focus, tempers the colour and perfects the image’s final delivery. In the same way, I look within, search for the beauty, adjust flaws, accept what I cannot change, and strive […]

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CFFC: Seaplanes

It rained for days on end, the April we spent on Vancouver Island, so when the sun came out, we headed for the water.  Nanaimo Harbour is a hive of activity, with walking paths, a children’s playground, ferry docks, and seaplane tours. There is something about planes landing on water that fascinates. (Thanks to Cee’s […]

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A Lake and A Pub

Westwood Lake, situated in the foothills of Mt. Benson, Nanaimo, is an unexpected surprise.  Pulling into the parking lot, I am eager to get out and explore.  The parking lot fronts a beach area and there are trails leading in either direction – over 5 km of walking trails, as well as mountain biking trails […]

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More of Nanaimo

Illness and old bodies are taking their toll on us, and as a result we are pacing ourselves more, taking days off between outings, try to regain some semblance of balance.  It is easy to hibernate when the rain is pouring down, but as soon as the sun shows up, there is an urge to […]

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Morrell Nature Sanctuary

Morrell Nature Sanctuary is just five minutes from where we are staying in Nanaimo, and an earlier attempt to visit was thwarted by heavy rains and Ric’s bad knees, so when Pippy comes to visit next, I suggest we try again. “I just want to make it to the lake,”  I tell her, armed with […]

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Nanaimo, B.C.

“I’ll take you for lunch if you like.” Of course, I’d like.  “Can I bring my camera?” “Sure.” So we head downtown with no particular destination in mind, other than to find a place near the water.  At the harbour front we find a park with manicured gardens, concrete walkways, and plenty of parking. “Let’s […]

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Goodbye Victoria, Hello Nanaimo

Rain has defined our time on Vancouver Island.  I guess this is where they coined the adage:  April showers bring May flowers.  While some trees are already in blossom, it is easy to see that others are on the cusp.  We are all just waiting for sunshine.    For most of the week we have […]

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