Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Today is our one year anniversary as Canadians and Gabriolans and this photo was made aboard the ferry on the last leg of our journey. The antenna flag was a gift from a total stranger, an elderly lady, who befriended Mrs. Snapper when she got totally lost in North Vancouver. That unsolicited gesture of kindness is exemplary of our experience thus far. Do we like it here? You bet!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
There' a lot to like about living on Gabriola and right up there near the top of the list is the fact that folks around here aren't afraid to get their hands dirty. There's a strong spirit of volunteerism on the island and that nurtures a strong sense of community.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
My daily driver, on old Apollo ten speed that I picked up at GIRO (our local recycling org) for $6 and converted to a fixed gear. I topped her off with a brown Brooks B17, the most comfortable saddle known to man. If you're curious about fixies, you can read about them here or scope some photos at this gallery.
Brickyard Beach is so called because it's on the site of a former brick factory and the beach is littered with pieces of bricks from way back when. It's also the site of the famous Potato Cannon event, the last of which was held this year on Canada Day. In the far distance, that's Mt. Benson hovering over Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Trees. Lots and lots of trees. Big trees. Cedars. Firs. Arbutus. Spruce. Trees are the dominant physical characteristic of Gabriola. If you're outdoors, you're looking at trees. Unless you're at the beach looking out at the water. Even then you're looking at trees on another island. I was having a conversation the other day with a handful of friends, some of whom were native Northwesterners and some from the prairie provinces. The people from the prairie said they had trouble getting used to the trees, especially the largeness of them and the fact that they can create a slightly claustrophobic feeling. Well, all this talk about trees got me thinking that maybe I hadn't really showcased Gabriola's forest on this blog. But when I scrolled back through my posts, I saw trees in nearly half the images! So I guess you get the picture.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
This photo has a fair amount of oddness about it. For starters, there's the listing perspective (made possible by a flipout viewscreen). Then there's the fact that my pal made this two-stringed acoustic bass out of a trash can and some scrap lumber. And he's playing jazz on it with a fiddle bow. The rope is a strap so he can use it in a marching band setting (he came walking up my driveway thumping out the bass line from Sunshine Of Your Love). But what I really like about this image is the look on his wife's face. They've been married a long time and she loves him still, not despite his eccentricities but because of them. This would make a fine picture to post on Valentine's Day but I can't wait that long.
You can see more oddshots from around the world by visiting Katney's Kaboodle
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Detail from a "found sounds" installation that was erected at The Commons as part of last month's Elements Festival. I was planning on making this one a black and white image but after doing the A-B thing with both versions, I decided I really liked the blues. Mrs. Snapper offered that the colour added depth to the image. So here ya go, another monochromatic colour photo.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Some stuff from my garden: Yellow and zucchini squash, chard, Thai basil and a plum tomato. There was broccoli too but it somehow didn't get in the frame. You regulars might be somewhat amused to know that this was taken last Saturday, the last day of my Colour Challenge but after I'd already posted the daily photo. Oh well...