Again, I am barely sneaking this one in under the wire. My excuse this time is that I’ve been away. We took a trip up to the northern Vancouver Island town of Alert Bay. The trip was a combination of many things: pilgrimage, exploration, memorial service, art opening and a mini-holiday. I’m hoping to do a full blog posting on the trip, but for now, here are a few shots from the trip that fit the current photo challenge, which is almost over, and a sampler of what you’ll see in the full post.
From northern Vancouver Island, here’s my take on the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern.
The pattern of pilings and rails on the ferry ramp at Port McNeill as we waited for the ferry to Alert Bay.
The pattern of bricks and ivy on the old decaying residential school of St. Michael’s.
The pattern of design at U’mista Cultural Centre.
The pattern of the Sisiutl (double-headed serpent) design on traditional canoe.
The pattern of the top of the totem that stands guard at one of the burial grounds on the island.
The pattern of pilings used as a breakwater against the winter storms.The pattern of (yes, you are not seeing things) three double-decker buses that sit idle on the main drag of Alert Bay (the island is only 4km long and 1.5km wide – there is no bus service).
The pattern of old mossy steps at the village of Telegraph Cove, south of Alert Bay.Many different patterns in this shot, also from Telegraph Cove.Patterns within patterns - The pattern of fishing has changed. Once hundreds of commercial boats plied these waters, now you’re more likely to see only sport fishing boats.
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Recently I’ve been doing some experimenting with my iPhone and the photo apps I have downloaded. I know these won’t be for everyone, but here are a few pics that I’ve done recently. I apologize if they are repeats for some of you on facebook and Flickr.
Waiting in the Rain
Refraction in Black and White
excuse me while i touch the sky
Well, this didn’t quite work out to being a day in my life. But life, and any given day, doesn’t always happen the way you want it to. So, this is a blend of a couple days, but they had strong similarities, so we’ll just have to suspend disbelief.
Because this is that last photo challenge for March, I decided to stick with the phoneography theme, and do everything on my iPhone. I also chose the same photo effect, called cross-processing. It gives a slightly 70′s look to the photos, for amusement if nothing else. Anyway, here is my version of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day in My Life:
The essential ingredient for starting any day!
Dense fog greeting my dog and I as we headed to the beach for his morning run.
When we got back from the beach, Rosie cat was annoyed by the lack of a good fire on such a chilly, foggy morning.
As the fog lifted, the sun began to warm the day.
The sun was warm enough for the first laundry line of the year.
Of course, to appease the cat, I had to get more fire wood.
We had lunch outside of the potting shed as the sun slanted inside the tiny building.
After lunch, a trip to the only shopping centre on our little island.
The first blossoms of spring are appearing on Pender Island.
Small red berries on a shrub that I passed on the way home.
Our own fruit trees are also starting to come out.
The afternoon shadows began to grow long.
The day was coming to an end.
I don’t usually include other aspects of my life in this blog, but this week, something very special came to fruition. From March 18th to 23rd, while many young people across North America were hitting the slopes or the beaches for spring break, fifteen high school-aged cadets were gaining first-hand experience in what it’s like to be a modern fire fighter. It takes years of planning and hard work to put the Gulf Islands Fire/Rescue Cadet Camp together, and it results in a sometimes grueling but rewarding week of hard work. Both the instructors and cadets work long hours, from 6:45 in the morning to late into the evening, including one brain-jarring 1:00am fire call that would make a seasoned fire fighter groan.
The Camp is hosted by my department, Pender Island Fire Rescue, and by Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue on our neighboring island, and held at the training facility on North Pender Island. My job for this camp was to arrange for the Air Ops and Sea Ops, in which the cadets would learn the search component of Search and Rescue. For this, two private helicopter operators volunteered their time for the air component, while the Canadian Coast Guard and the RCMP provided the marine equipment for the sea component. My other job on the training ground, was to be the official photographer for the event. A job that was very enjoyable from beginning to end.
Why do I see this as fitting into this week’s photo challenge, future tense? Firstly, as an amateur photographer, it gave me new skills that I will take with me in the future. Secondly, the photos I’ve included, though taken with a Nikon D5000 DSLR, were all edited on my iPhone with Camera+, thanks to the magic and ease of migration from camera to phone by Dropbox, something that definitely has future tense possibilities. And finally, these fifteen polite, energetic and dedicated young people, that sweated it out for 6 days and nights straight, are our future tense.
Starting at the beginning. Learning the hose lines.
Rolling hose 101.
Confined space with a blacked out mask. Anyone feeling claustrophobic?
A light morning workout.
A water shield will protect you from the flames.
The art of the aerial search.
Rope rescue 101.
Auto fires 101.
Giving it all you’ve got!
The fire fighter’s laundry line at the end of the day.
I decided to do two versions of this weeks photo challenge. This one is just general food and beverage pictures I’ve taken over time. I’ve put a Camera+ spin on a couple of them, so they might not be for everyone, but mostly they’re just a little fun. Here’s Take 2 of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:
All pictures taken with my iPhone 4s
Lunch Food & Stuff:
Roadside fruit stand.
A trio of tasty treats!
Best macadamia nut pie in the world – Leoda’s Maui.
Food for the road.
A mountain of macaroons.
Kihei Caffe – a Maui favourite.
After the coffee is done.
Tropical fruit with an old-style look.
This weeks photo challenge was actually “Lunch,” but lunch was a bit rushed yesterday, so I decided to do dinner instead. We live on very small island, and needless to say, pizza delivery is definitely not and option. So, every week, at least once a week, I make a pizza from scratch. Friday night happened to be pizza night, so here’s what I came up with for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:
All pictures taken with my iPhone 4s
Hunting and gathering at the local grocery store.
Dough on the move.
Before the chop-chop.
After the chop-chop.
A whole mountain range of cheese!
The crust, she be very thin.
Dressing for dinner.
Bubblin’ on the stone.