Author Archives: Jim

Modern Petroglyph

Vancouver Island is home to much evidence of its indigenous people. This petroglyph appears to be more recent, as shown by its sharper lines. I don’t know who or why.

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Chase Estuary

A calm autumn day overlooking the Chase River estuary. A BC Ferries ship is in the background, entering Nanaimo Harbour.

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Island View

Living on an island, ships are an important part of our life. Here, off Nanaimo, the ferry to Gabriola Island passes in front of an ocean freighter, anchored and waiting its turn to enter Vancouver harbour to load.

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Abandoned buildings are fascinating. One wonders what story they would tell us if they could. Who? Why? When?

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Quadra Island Dock

Standing at a dock on Quadra Island on an autumn day. Even with the clouds and light rain, the view is captivating

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MV Songhee

The MV Songhee is moored aside the Centennial Pier in Port Alberni. In it present life, the MV Songhee lives as the Swept Away Inn. The MV Songhee was launched in 1944 as the US Army Harbour Tug TP-123. It … Continue reading

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Sir Eustace Hornswoggle

Walking on Harbour Quay in Port Alberni, I came across this carving of a little known gentleman, Sir Eustace Hornswoggle. In the 1850s, Captain Hornswoggle owned a fleet of Tea Clippers. He was knighted by the monarch of the day, … Continue reading

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Quadra Island Mist

This October we had rain on 28 of the 31 days. The skies were cloudy most of the month, but this did not detract from the spectacular autumn colours. The mist brings its own special magic to the surroundings.

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Nanaimo Busker

Walking around the Nanaimo Harbour is a pleasant way to spend an autumn afternoon. The music of the buskers is delightful company. This gentlemen was very accomplished on his instrument.

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While not on Vancouver Island, Skookumchuk Falls is near by on the Sechelt Peninsula. I hiked up to see the falls, but timed it badly as the tide was high, just starting to reverse, and the falls were not visible. … Continue reading

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