Welcome to the Island Rambles Blog

Welcome to my blog world. This is a photo blog, poetry and short story blog about my life on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. I take photos of the birds and scenery I find. I hope you enjoy your time here and please come back again. PHOTOS WILL ENLARGE IF CLICKED. The photos are slide show enabled if you click on them. If you click on the top lighthouse photo it always takes you to the most recent summary list of my postings. I am also at my Facebook Page Island Rambles or Islandrambles at YouTube.


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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Reflections on New Year's Eve

Happy New Year!!!  I found a new game to play....Weekend Reflections and you know I love water reflecting. Check out the other reflections there.  These shots were taken last week at Brentwood Bay.

Brentwood Bay is the home of the Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay ferry. You can see the long dock there. The ferry route is the oldest continuous ferry route on coastal B.C. and was started by two naval officers in 1924.  It was bought out by B.C. Ferries in 1969.

I found two boats there with appropriate names for a New Year's eve party and you can see what we are drinking.  The sky was incredible with all the popcorn clouds but I was having to shoot into the sun and did not realize the best shot was the water reflecting the clouds.   Then the sun was playing peek a boo with me but I hope you enjoy the shots and hello to the Weekend Reflections folks.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas To All

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. I have been taking a little break for the holidays.   This is for the sky watchers at
Sky Watch. There are lots of pictures of the world's sky there.

My picture today is from south of Campbell River, B.C. where we stayed in the summer.  I took this right outside our little trailer as the sun set on the first night there.  Campbell River is on the east coast of Vancouver Island at the south end of Discovery Passage which is named after George Vancouver's ship the HMS Discovery as he arrived here in 1792.

The Coast Salish and Island Comox First Nations peoples lived here until sometime in the 18th Century the natives of the Fort Rupert area migrated south and enslaved the local tribes.  They became the raiders of the Coast Salish people in the south.

Dr. Samuel Campbell was the ship surgeon on the HMS Plumber when they mapped the area around 1859 and his name seems to have been given to the river.

I hope to return soon with some pictures of the Christmas lights in the area. Hello to some of my old readers who have returned to see me.  It is wonderful to hear from so many of you.


Thursday, December 08, 2011

Back to Sky Watch McNeill Bay

Remember me? I am back to sky watch with you.  This picture is of McNeill Bay, Victoria, B.C. Canada. McNeill Bay is a great place to sit and sky watch and see the storms come in. It is sometimes called Shoal Bay and they say that it is the place where Victoria came into existence. It is the birth place of Victoria however the local First Nations Lekwungen people had lived in summer camps nearby and harvested camas and Springbrook clover here probably for centuries. The steamship SS Beaver anchored at this beautiful bay on the afternoon of March 14, 1843 and the next morning James Douglas went ashore at Clover Point, over to the left. The bay is named after Captain William Henry McNeill, the Master of the Beaver, a Hudson's Bay Company steamer. I sometimes wonder what the area looked like then. Chief Factor Douglas wrote to a friend that there were tall grasses and ferns up over their heads as they walked near Clover Point. He then selected it as the site for Fort Victoria. Now it is a busy spot for boaters. The First Nations people called the area Camosack or "rush of water" possibly for the rip tide there. Captain McNeill went on to buy 200 acres of land and became one of Oak Bays five main landowners of the time.

Hello to my old blog friends and readers, please leave a comment for me.  I have just returned to blogging and everything has changed here.  New interface and new dashboard.  Very nice but a lot for me to learn. This post is for Sky Watch where you can find many more skies all around the world.
Here is the link to Sky Watch.