World War II defense for Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupo was established at Godley Heads gun emplacements. Twisting and exposed, it was a treacherous haul across the volcanic Port Hills to Christchurch. Warning shots were never fired, and the Big Guns were never actually installed before the war ended. Incurring considerable damage during the recent earthquakes, much of […]
Behind our Ashburton lodging grew a potato patch. Behind the potato patch withered a row of little old cars. The land owner had erected a flash new Quonset to showcase his bright, shiny, restored car collection. I left a note on the locked gate. The spud grower phoned, and through his rather muddy accent, said […]
Pincushion cactus are native to Canada, growing in Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan prairies and semi-deserts. Our Xeriscaped front garden diorama features several species of Canadian and Siberian cactus. Yellow and pink pincushion are in full bloom right now – so if you like unusual flowers swing by with your camera to have a look. There […]
Reeds in a Smoky Sunset Clearwater Lake nestled on the Chilcotin Plateau beside the lonesome Freedom Highway on the drive out to Bella Coola. Forest fire smoke turned the sun a vibrant red as it sank over the Coastal mountains. Diptych was two 30 x 48 inch High Gloss Metal prints for an accountant’s board […]
Moose, porpoise, grouse, squirrel, fish – spirit animal apparitions in a crumpled hunk of junk up at Gavin & Shirley MacInroy’s scrap yard, on Old Hedley Road, near Princeton, BC. Gavin’s youthful vocation was in the logging industry. Retirement days are now occupied with unique recreational activities such as cutting flunked school buses in half.
Sandon, in West Kootenay, British Columbia, is a ghost town and home to an eccentric scrap metal hoarder and dealer. His fascinating collection of historical Vancouver trolley buses includes complete pedigrees. Breaking through the gloomy sky, a fleeting spark of sunlight exploded off our gold reflector, igniting the fire dancer masquerading in this metal Mardi […]