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Joe's Fired Up to Land

Joe's Fired Up to Land

Old enough now to really grasp air travel.


Weeping Willows at Beacon Hill Park

Weeping Willows at Beacon Hill Park


Lichen Branch

Lichen Branch

When I was little, and we read that caribou subsisted on lichen, the notion seemed hardly credible. But it turns out that the farther north one gets, the furrier the lichen gets. It's still not the Iron Chef's idea of a no-brainer, but it's more credible. (And it's EVERYWHERE.)


Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Let's hear it for black-and-white film and horizontal light.


Berries at Sunset, Government House Gardens

Berries at Sunset, Government House Gardens


The Atmosphere of Trees

The Atmosphere of Trees

Victoria's forests and trees were affecting, in no small part because the oaks and the other trees are famous for their lushness and because they gnarl and twist picturesquely.


Evening in Government House Gardens

Evening in Government House Gardens


Sunset at Government House

Sunset at Government House


Beater

Beater

In the same vein as the oak in the pasture. Black-and-white "film" loves a textured juxtaposition of hard, chromed lines against the natural swirl of vegetaion.


Oak Tree in Pasture

Oak Tree in Pasture

Digital cameras' ability to frame practically anything just how you want it invites the recapitulation of familiar forms, like berries with droplets (in the pond album) or "forlorn tree in a field."


Fungus on Stump, Government House Garden

Fungus on Stump, Government House Garden

Those of you who follow fungus will not be shocked to learn that ample exists in moist, chilly British Columbia. This particularly nice specimen of rubbery, flappity undead third-kingdom stuff appealed to Joe.


Quick's Bottom

Quick's Bottom

The combination of hawthorns and rose vines was particularly appealing at Quick's Bottom, where we saw trumpeter swans and a pileated woodpecker pair.


View from Ferry Dock in Victoria, B.C.

View from Ferry Dock in Victoria, B.C.

The weather was not sent from central casting, we were told. Sea lions watched the boat like eager, particularly graceful swimming dogs.