Toronto – a moment in time

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I don’t usually deal in images that portray human suffering – I’m not afraid of it in any manner, and I’m not disgusted by it. I’m unhappy that people are homeless, and that others will walk by and either ignore or simply not see people that are homeless…

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Vanishing Toronto – Zippers

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Zipperz was a trendy, buzzing gay bar & nightspot with DJs & dancing. It’s gone…

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Kayaks – Toronto Harbour

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Kayaks and lots of them in Toronto

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Toronto ships

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Rigging on a tall ship that was visiting Toronto

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Salmon King

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Salmon King in Victoria’s Upper Harbour

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C-FNNV

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C-FNNV, a 1961 Cessna 172C at the Nanaimo airport

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Cowichan River Estuary – Fall reflections

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A moment in time at the Cowichan River Estuary – reflections of nature on the water, and a moment reflecting on the vanishing forest products industry.

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Roller derby

Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby can appear to be pure chaos, and to be fair, sometimes it is, but there is a lot of teamwork and strategy at play.

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Roller derby is one of the most gender and age inclusive sports, with men participating in co-ed games and on co-ed teams, and women skating on Men’s Roller Derby Association teams.

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Seagulls or Sea Gulls?

Seagulls or Sea Gulls?

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What most people refer to as seagulls or sea gulls are actually birds in the scientifically classified family Laridae- the gull and tern” family with more than 35 species in it.

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Gulls at Point Holmes, but what species?

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It really does not matter what species a gull is when it drops a wet surprise on you, but if you’re curious, there are eight species that are commonly seen on Vancouver Island and much of coastal British Colombia:

  • Glaucous-winged Gull—The most abundant gull on the BC coast.
  • Western Gull—This species is not abundant anywhere in BC, but is regularly seen in small numbers around Vancouver Island.
  • Herring Gull—Herring Gulls are fairly uncommon in the Georgia and Juan de Fuca Straits.
  • Thayer’s Gull—In fall, winter, and spring, this arctic-breeder is more numerous than Western and Herring Gulls but is still often vastly outnumbered by Glaucous-winged Gulls.
  • California, Ring-billed, Mew and Bonaparte’s Gulls—Smaller than the four gulls listed above and somewhat easier to distinguish based on their size and other features.

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and now you know…

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Point Holmes seagulls

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Raucous seagulls at Point Holmes – these birds are hardly ever quiet, but when they have a reason to make some noise they sure do!

Point Holmes is a beautiful section of coastline on Baynes Sound, which in turn is part of Georgia Strait and the Salish Sea. It’s a favorite stop for hungry sea gulls and seals.

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