Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Tribute in the Cathedral

While the Christ Church Cathedral was under construction in the 1920s, a determined little bird decided to build her nest near the capital of the southeastern pillar of the Nave. Building operations at that point were suspended until her family had been successfully launched into the world.
"Robin Pillar" is fourth from the left at the center of this photo:
As a tribute to her determination, a stone model of the bird and nest marks the spot atop the capital near the top of the pillar:

Monday, April 20, 2009

Dog of the day

"Saxon" is quite mature enough to take himself for a walk in the park along Dallas Road.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A smile for the Universe

The Climenhaga Observatory Ash Dome at the University of Victoria sports a 0.5-m F/10.5 Cassegrain telescope...and a smiley face.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Campus Lepus

To some, the fluffy creatures are the unofficial mascot of the University of Victoria.
Most of the feral rabbits at UVic are descended from European rabbits and are unwanted pets or descendants of unspayed or unneutered pets abandoned on campus by members of the community. An informal official count put the number of rabbits at over 250, however, many estimates put the figure at closer to 1,000 hoppers.
To learn more, visit HERE.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hopscotch on steroids

Possibly a Guinness world record for longest hopscotch course - spotted on Hampshire Road, Oak Bay, BC (click on pic to enlarge).

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Fence extension

This homeowner appears to have been so taken by their fence that they just had to extend the idea around the telephone pole in front of their home.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Shock as croc spotted in Gonzales Bay!

"If I hadn't seen it myself I wouldn't have believed it" whispered local resident Ms. Sandy Divan."I immediately called the Victoria Animal Control Services – but discovered that Officers do not respond to wildlife matters unless a domestic animal is involved" she said. Luckily the Mainland news media happened to be at the Animal Control offices doing a story on pet adoption, so they decided to investigate the situation at the Bay themselves (croc in circled area).The public had to keep their distance. However this photo clearly reveals the uninvited beach visitor:"Brutus" is credited with being the first to bravely bark a warning.The news team called the Victoria Animal Control back and this time mentioned the mental trauma endured by Brutus as a result of his encounter with the croc. Fortunately the call was put in after 9:00 AM and before 5:00 PM which fell within their mandate for investigating nuisance matters. And since they were now aware that a local canine citizen was involved they were obliged to respond.Unfortunately, by the time Animal Control Services arrived, the morose beast had slipped away into the waters of the Bay. One of the attending officers (who wishes to remain anonymous) thinks that it may have been someone's pet, likely from one of the houses that surround the Bay, that had gotten loose. "Sadly, this sort of thing happens all the time. Home owners too busy enjoying their views to pay proper attention to where their pets are at. It's not going to be easy on it though" he said. "These waters are pretty cold at this time of year...well, most times of the year actually."