Victoria: Reminiscing

“What is it that keeps drawing me to the ocean and forested areas around Victoria?”  

Since arriving  in Victoria almost three weeks ago I think I have been in the forest at Mount Douglas Park or along the waterfront with my camera every day.  It’s  where I spent a good deal of my childhood.  I know this area well. 

Back then, some 60 years ago, my instructions were clear. “Chores first!  Be home by supper time!” No negotiations.  

So, with the vacuuming, dishes or the lawn done, I was on my bike and gone before someone thought of something else that needed to be done. If I wasn’t at the ball field at Beacon Hill Park with my friends we were on and about the cliffs and beaches along Dallas Road.  

What fun we had and how times have changed. Much older now I value the childhood I had then. I wonder whether kids today have the same sense of uncontrolled freedom.  

Much has changed yet so much has not. The breakwater at Ogden Point protects a deep-sea port that in the 50’s and 60’s was the transit point for overseas shipments of Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar.   

Today, it shelters a modern, busy cruise ship terminal while walkers use its picturesque length for their daily exercise. But the beaches, islands, cliffs and headlands have changed little. Most of the homes, many dating back to the early 20th century, remain.  

These treasures of architecture and the surrounding natural vistas are the subjects of many of my images. I reminisce, but now I have a far greater appreciation for their significance and beauty. That knowledge acquired so many years ago allows me to search out the best locations for my photography today. 

Gulls soar on the wind as waves crash at Cattle Point

Rain and wind prevailed today and the light so different.  I had to be out with my camera.   I thought Cattle Point would be a good location for rainy, windy photography.

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  1. Rick Thomas October 18, 2017 at 9:02 pm #

    I always have good memories of this old hood up against the wind and sea battered rocks, it’s why I sketch them time and again. I enjoy your work Stu. Cheers.

  2. jim and cathy October 18, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

    Love this vantage point, Stu. Looks like an oil or acrylic painting!???

    • Stu Dale October 19, 2017 at 10:21 am #

      Thanks! I thought this view would capture the mood of the moment.

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