If you were looking at yesterday's scene and turned 180 degrees you would see the scene pictured above. This is the Royal Roads anchorage, so called because it lies between Albert Head and Victoria, both named after members of the British royal family. I believe those large ships lying offshore are waiting for a chance to visit the Esquimalt graving docks that are capable of servicing such enormous craft. The cairn and plaque pictured below give a little history of Royal Roads.
It was a bright, windy day today so I went out to Esquimalt Lagoon. It was even windier out there. You can see in this photo all the seagulls are grounded and facing the same direction. That's what they do when it's really windy. The cairn on the right memorializes another big wind over one hundred years ago. We'll have a look at that tomorrow.
Though Sunday afternoon was bleak and gray, here's another sign of spring on the Inner Harbour - the first busking musician I have seen this year. I think his fingers must have been getting pretty cold after playing for awhile. Mine were getting numb by the time I had taken out my camera and snapped this shot.
Running between Yates Street and Bastion Square the city has commissioned a series of art pieces which, in my opinion are fabulous. Titled Coastal Reports by Daniel Ellingsen they are worth seeing. There is more information here.
Here's another shot from the archives - one of those photos that just happens when you're out and about with a camera in hand. This little guy and his dad were in Chinatown to see the Chinese New Year celebration in February 2010. I didn't get a very good view of the actual celebration but this photo more than made up for that.
Situated on the far west coast of Canada, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of the Province of British Columbia. Its benign climate (the warmest winters in Canada) and placid lifestyle make it a favorite retirement location as well as a popular tourist destination. About 400,000 people live in Victoria and adjacent communities. Click the photos to see them larger!