Vancouver Island: A Return Trip

Forty-seven years ago Ellen and I moved from Victoria, B.C. to Quesnel in the central interior of British Columbia. Having been married for only a year it was a big move. My father-in-law helped with the move. I’m sure he thought we were out of our minds. But he kept his thoughts to himself…ever the gentleman.

We had never experienced temperatures of -45 degrees Fahrenheit. We did that winter and in a few winters after that. Our sons were born there and our careers in education took off. After 6 years we moved to our current location, Kelowna, B.C.

We were very happy living in the central interior and are equally as happy here in Kelowna. Both have their own special beauty. But in the back of our minds we missed Victoria and the coastal area of British Columbia. I think the beauty there is unsurpassed. Whenever I have the chance to visit I take as much of it in as possible. My camera becomes very busy.

This week we will be travelling to Victoria. I can hardly wait to get on the road. Last year we made several trips to Vancouver Island and Victoria. I loved being up early and wandering around the wharves, back alleys and streets of Victoria and the coastal forest as seen in Mount Douglas Park.

Some of my favourite images were captured on those trips. Others though, could have been better. So, this trip will be a perfect opportunity to ‘redo’ those that didn’t turn out the way I expected.

As I wandered Fisherman’s Wharf last year I shot a small group of reflections. Two or three captured the colour and whimsical feeling I experience when there. At the time I didn’t think too much about it but on this trip I’ll be looking to capture as many interesting and colourful reflections as I can. Should be fun.

Oh, there is one more item on my list…an outing with my father-in-law. He’s 93 this year. All things considered he’s doing pretty well. So we’ll head out in my truck, grab a couple of coffees at ‘Mickie D’s’, drive to Dallas Road and the Victoria waterfront and have a great chat about life and things…..Priceless!!!

Vivid colours are reflected by the waters of Victoria, B.C.'s inner harbour

Vivid colours are reflected by the waters of Victoria, B.C.’s inner harbour

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  1. Brenda Larson May 3, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    Have fun!

    • Stu Dale May 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

      Thanks!Just home. We did have a good trip.

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