Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Above is the cover of my latest book, Long Legs Boy. It has just been published by Oolichan Books here in Canada and I have a limited number of copies to distribute free to readers who will undertake to write a brief review of the book and publish it on their blog or other website. All you have to do is to send me an e-mail with your name and postal address and the URL of the blog or website where you will publish your review. You can read the book blurb more easily by clicking on the above scan of the cover. The book is an easy read and at 220 pages the complaint of most readers so far has been that "it ends too soon" or that "it is too short".
E-mail me (Benjamin Madison) for your free review copy:
Long Legs Boy is also available at bookstores here in Canada and locally in Victoria as well as internationally through online booksellers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
The Ogden Point Breakwater is getting a new look - guard rails. When they have finished installing these I suspect they will look very nice and encourage more people to walk out on the breakwater. Click the Ogden Point Breakwater label below to see how it looked without the rails.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I joined causeway artist Dean Lewis for a walk along the Ogden Point Breakwater this morning and we were happy to spy these two little shorebirds having breakfast amongst the barnacles and limpets on the lower edges of the breakwater. I have identified these as Sanderling (Calidris alba) though I'm not 100% certain since there are many small sandpiper-like birds that are very similar. Any birders out there who can confirm or correct this identification are invited to make a comment. After we watched these birds a bit Dean and I took the hint and went and had breakfast ourselves at the nearby Ogden Point Cafe. Dean had the barnacles on toast and I satisfied myself with some fried kelp and a side of limpets.
Monday, February 25, 2013
On a drive along Dallas Road today we came upon this monumental structure built on the beach in front of Ross Bay Cemetery. I don't know how long it's been there or how long it will last but hats off to the builder of this incredible driftwood creation. - Fern
Sunday, February 24, 2013
I didn't know if I could compete with all the beautiful spring flowers that Benjamin Madison has been posting the last couple of days and then voila! The sun came out ever so briefly but long enough to catch the reflection shining on the water. - Fern
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Seeing Fern's photo of snowdrops a few days ago reminded me that I had not checked Beacon Hill Park for spring flowers yet this year. It has been so mild lately that it seems that spring has already arrived and the glorious burst of crocuses pictured above would seem to confirm it. These are planted crocuses in beds but the escaped crocuses are also peeping out all over the park and we'll have a look at them tomorrow.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I mentioned the other day that I always enjoy seeing wildlife on my walks through my part of this city and I was rewarded again recently by being able to observe two young Blacktail Deer browsing on a hillside above the West Bay Walkway, one of which is pictured above. While keeping a prudent distance, these deer seemed nonetheless to be used enough to humans not to panic or race off in fear as I approached.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Well, here we are half way through February and the crocus and daffodil buds are near bursting. While the sun pops through from time to time, most of the days now are like this - gray and misty. Here's what the city looked like from the West Bay Walkway recently.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
This is the same otter as pictured yesterday, a few minutes later. He climbed out onto the rocky shore in order to enjoy quite a large fish he had caught. It was still flopping about and it took more than a few bites with those sharp teeth to kill it. Otters are social animals and you can see another otter swimming on the right in the background.
Friday, February 15, 2013
It always gives me a thrill to see wildlife here in the city and it has been some time since I was privileged to sight an otter. Although he was swimming yesterday in the salt water near the shoreline along the Westsong Walkway, he's a North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis) and not a Sea Otter. Sea Otters are found in the coastal waters of Vancouver Island but not in the Victoria area. I particularly like to see otters because they are sometimes used as an indicator of pollution - they are very sensitive to pollution.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013