What have I done?

What have I done for the last few months?

What have I done with my photography?

What stories do I have to tell?

We’ve been home in Campbell River for 3 months already. The weather has been cooler and wetter than normal. Is that to blame for my inactivity? Is being retired to blame? You know the old “there’s nothing that has to be done today that can’t wait til tomorrow?”.

As I look back on the last few months I remember my week on Gabriola Island at a workshop called “Develop your Creative Vision”. It was hosted by Chris Harris and Dennis Ducklow. It was fantastic, so creative, so much fun. 13 classmates from Montreal, Ontario, Alberta, BC, Seattle. Quite the collection of photographers young and old but all of us with the ambition and desire to explore new ideas and ways to take different pictures and learn new skills. Multiple exposures. Camera movement (in all directions apparently)… haha…

How much tv have I watched? How many word puzzles have I completed? How many Jigidi puzzles have I completed? (I could look up the stats but won’t). How many books have I read? I’ve done lots of all of these things.

We just got back from a family wedding and a family tree trip thru Alberta and Saskatchewan. Saw Aunts, Uncles and Cousins (some I hadn’t seen in 50 years). It was great to reconnect with my people. Loved all the miles and smiles.

The pink wall, shadows and spiders from The Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River
Multiple Exposure of the wall at the Campbell River Bowling Alley.
Trees from Drumbeg Park on Gabriola Island
Multiple Exposure of the beach rocks and a lighthouse eagle from Gabriola

Multiple Exposure Seaweed.

Malaspina Galleries Sandstone on Gabriola Island

Hornby Island – May 10-12, 2019

I finally made it over to Hornby Island with my camera after all these years of living on Vancouver Island.  My sister and I were there probably 20 years ago.  We did a quick trip over to Tribune Bay on Hornby, a quick stop at some pottery shops on Denman Island and called it a day.

This trip was different.  Our camera club members stayed at Hornby Island Dive Lodge for 2 nights and spent 3 days photographing the Island.  We photographed Ford Cove & Marina.  Helliwell Provincial Park.  Grassy Point.  Tribune Bay.  Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park.  Tim Biggins Anvil.  Heron Rocks.  There were spots we missed of course, but these are the ones we made it to.  The weather was dry and sunny, the weekend was awesome!  Here are my photo’s.

Heron Rocks 9415
Heron Rocks 9415



Canada vs USA – cool differences, and that doesn’t just mean the weather!!

 I’m adding stuff as I go along:

March 14 – 2012 

Cool Difference #7 


Most of our mail in Canada is delivered right to our door where we probably have a mail slot or a small metal mail box attached to the wall of our entrance to our house.  There are still some people with mailboxes and alot of subdivisions now have the “Super Mail box”, which is on the side of the road and you stop by it on your way home, open your padlock, get out your mail, and away you go.

But here in Bullhead City, all the mailboxes in the subdivisions we have walked thru have a mailbox at the side of their driveway.  There are some really cool mailboxes!  Your traditional mail box shape on a post, but we’ve discovered mailboxes inserted into cement walls or decorative posts.  Mailboxes that are all different colors, shapes, sizes and with different decorations.  It makes for a very interesting walk down the street.  I am tempted to take my camera and photograph all the different ones, but don’t want to intrude on peoples privacy and property.  But they are fun to see!  Here’s a couple of pictures that I’ve copied from the internet to show you what we’ve seen.










Cool Difference #6 

We’ve all heard the expression: cool as a cucumber! 

Well It turns out that cool difference #6 is indeed cucumbers!!  I eat a lot of Long English Cucumbers! 


  I didn’t realize this, but Long English Cucumbers seem to be really popular in BC! The internet calls it “the lazy man’s cucumber”, because you don’t have to peel it or core it to eat it.  Mmnnn — I thought I liked them cause they taste better and are crunchy and sweet! 

We’ve been to all 3 grocery stores here in Bullhead City, and we have managed to find them, but you have to look,look way high up,’cause they are hard to find, and there’s not many to choose from.

When we walk into any grocery store in Canada, the LongECuc’s are everywhere!  They’re laid out in displays at the front of the store, and in the vegetable isles, and, in the organic section, they are everywhere!If you want to find a regular cucumber, then the hunt begins! 

 They are usually somewhere near the zuchinni and then you look at them,

look at the zuchinni,

look at the cucumber,

yes, that’s a cucumber, yes, that’s the zuchinni.Cool!



Bat Cave Lego

March 2012

Cool Difference #1

We are spending this month in the States.  We get to escape the wet, grey Vancouver Island weather for the month!  We leave in a howling south easter that included some snow flurries and beat our way over the border.  Our first stop is in Portland, OR to see the kids.  We have one excited little grandson who knows that Grandpa is taking him shopping at “The Lego Store” and he can pick out anything he wants for a birthday present.  We drive to a mall, the excited child dashes into the mall and makes his way directly to The Lego Store!!

We look at each other – ‘There’s a Lego Store?’

‘Really? – a store operated by Lego, contains only Lego?, Really?’

That is so cool!!  They also had A Disney Store!!  Do we have a store like that in Canada? Now, I know we don’t live in a huge place or anything, but do we?

Cool Difference #2


We were reminded that it is really difficult to buy Coffee Crisp and Peppermint Aero chocolate bars while in the States.  You can rarely find them!  But what you can find everywhere and easily is BOOZE!  They have a pharmacy chain of stores down here called CVS Pharmacy and Liquor!  I’m serious – AND Liquor.  That’s what their signs say.  It’s in all the grocery stores, gas stations, corner stores, – it’s everywhere!  AND CHEAP – 6 Millers for $6 and that’s at Chevron – it’s probably cheaper if we shopped around.  A 26’r of Meyers Rum for $18 at Wal-Mart that costs at least $40 in Canada.  We haven’t even tried the Liquor Stores yet.  We’re scared to go in there – we might spend our whole budget in a giddy shopping spree!


Cool Difference #3

Vinegar!  You can buy it in all the grocery stores, but it’s not available at any restuarant if you ask for some for your fries.  If you do that or ask for brown toast, the waiter or waitress will ask you what part of Canada are you from?

Cool Difference #4

Bacon comes in these cool ziploc packages.  You don’t even need a knife to break into it.  Just ZIP, pull the edges apart and Voila!  Bacon ready to go.  Pull out a few slices, ZIP it back together and back in the fridge it goes. No rewrapping, repackaging, just ZIP!!


Cool Difference #5

A $.99 cent bottle of lotion called “Spider Cider”.  The label says it’s made with real spiders, but I don’t see ‘the spider parts’ listed anywhere in the ingredients!!.  🙂   It’s very citrusy, goes on smoothly, not greasy and should be kept out of the reach of young adults, just in case they confuse it with drinking cider!!

Stay tuned – I’m sure I’ll add more stuff as I go along…