The Dale family moved to Cadboro Bay near Victoria, B.C. when I was about 15 years old. After years of renting Mom and Dad finally could afford to own a home. Newly built to their specifications, it was their palace. Looking back, I’m sure it was a financial stretch but they did it. They were so proud.
Having lived in the Fairfield area of Victoria since grade 5, I came to know the nooks and crannies of the Victoria waterfront. Clover Point, Smugglers’ Cove and the Breakwater were places I regularly visited especially in the summer months.
Once we moved to our new home I had new places to explore. A short bike ride would get me to the beach at Cadboro Bay, Cattle Point and even the Oak Bay Marina. Today, whenever we visit Victoria, I take at least one drive along the waterfront from Cadboro Bay to the Breakwater. There are always lots of stops and many images captured.
The view above is from Cattle Point just past Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C. I’ve spent many hours there even into my university days conducting observations for my biology and zoology courses.
About 10 days ago, I sat there in the front seat of my pickup with my father in law. The view of a storm passing along the Strait of Juan de Fuca was fascinating. He too, had spent many hours of his youth here. At almost 93 he has many fond memories. As we sipped our coffees we talked about times past…he in his sailboat 75 years ago, me exploring the rocks and beach combing. And both of us at different times somehow getting out to Chatham and Discovery Islands and meeting the reclusive owner Captain Beaumont.
His eyes sparkled as we shared our experiences and enjoyed each other’s company. He just loves to get out and see the world around him. I love being with a man who over the 50 plus years I have known him has aged but not changed…still kind, gentle, honest, respectful and witty. I’m looking forward to our next shared coffee!
I think my childhood in Victoria and the places I frequented motivate me to return and capture its beauty with my camera. On my most recent trip I managed to get to some of my other favourite haunts – the Inner Harbour, Fisherman’s Wharf, Mount Douglas Park and of course Cattle Point.
My images were of reflections in the protected waters of Fisherman’s Wharf. These colourful distorted reflections made for some interesting compositions. I think that a few of them will look stunning as prints. Getting them to that stage will my next challenge.