Finding Beauty in the Commonplace


Impression of a Lighthouse

Lighthouse with sun and clouds

This is a test post to help us make sure that the social network connections are working. It may as well be a bit decorative

Fisgard Lighthouse is a very photogenic spot. It’s located between Fort Rodd Hill, a historic site in Colwood, BC and the Esquimalt harbour. It’s frequently in the foreground of ¬†views with ships and boats in the background.



Snow Days Update

Japanese garden

It’s not that frequent for us to have snow closures in Southern Vancouver Island. This past week there was the longest snow closure of schools ever … three days. After the snow stopped falling and parking lots and paths were cleared I went for a bit of a walk to record the largest snowfall since 1996. Meanwhile my little gallery show hasn’t had much traffic. Too many folk shovelling and too few shopping for art. The featured image and the scene below are from Butchart Gardens.

Reflective globe in snowy garden

This bridge below lives in Beacon Hill Park. By the time of this photo, the snow was starting to get a bit scrappy but was still enough to give the idea of a winter scene.

Stone bridge

Part of the purpose of this little post is to test out the newly completed installation of at SiteGround. The move has given a much quicker and more responsive version of the site, but was not without a few frustrating moments along the way.

My Morning Doughnut

Apparently this cloud formation is a really rare sight. A whole lot of photos of this hole in the clouds made it to the evening news. The context is that in the lower Vancouver Island (and probably other nearby areas) there was a spectacular sunrise this morning and I managed to catch a shot of it from my son’s place in Saanichton.

The two trees silhouetted in the photo are leftovers from the farm. On the left is a may tree and on the right is pear tree which still bears a crop each year.

Upcoming Feature at Village Gallery

BC Ferry at sunrise

I have a small exhibit starting on February 1 at Village Gallery in Sidney. There will be 6 canvases featured for about 6 weeks. I will also have the usual stock of Art Cards available. These vary seasonally.

One of the images that will be showing contains a tree that is no longer there. “Morning Oak” shows the oak tree that stood in the field near East Saanich and Mount Newton. During the big December storm, that tree became a huge pile of rubble. Unfortunate because this tree and its field was a truly iconic piece of Saanich Peninsula beauty. This image shows the tree in the early morning when it was still whole and reasonably healthy.

Oak tree in a field


Trees and Mists

Big rock on a foggy, sandy beach

This post was originally published on my previous site but as I am rebuilding, I thought I’d start here and then gradually add previous posts.

This was my first try at creating a post with the new WordPress editor so I wasn’t sure exactly how things would turn out. As it turns out, I’m not a fan of Gutenberg as it stands so I have gone back to the classic editor for my posts for now.

I have a new feature starting at Village Gallery in Sidney, BC starting on February 1 so this series of posts will highlight some of the candidate images. The featured image comes from the south-west coast of the Island on China Beach. The ocean there is still part of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and you don’t get to the actual Pacific for another few kilometres.

China Beach is a sand beach, but many of the others along that section of coast are composed of stones and present a bit of extra exercise when you walk them.

This particular image, Beach Rock is presented for its moodiness.