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Art Crawl Season


Pender Island Art Crawl

Last year we went to Saltspring Island for the Apple Festival.  The Gulf Islands are well known for their artists, and I quite enjoyed an open studio day on Denman Island back in 2009.  Not wanting to repeat the Saltspring Island trip again the following year, I did some research and found that Pender Island does an art crawl.  While there is no direct ferry to Pender Island from Vancouver, you can transfer on Mayne Island and make a day out of it.  I talked to my parents about it and they could join us from Victoria for the day as well.

Salish Heron Berthed Next

We were on the ferry in Tsawassen by 9am for the run over to Mayne Island where we did a transfer to an Island hopping ferry that took us to Pender.  We arrive on Pender at 11am, just before the Art Crawl started and met my parents who were walk on ferry passengers from Victoria.

Queued Up For Ferry TransferFour Ferries In On Picture


I had a plan for which artists to visit (there were 21 stops available), but on the drive from the ferry to our first stop, we noticed the Pender Island Farmers Market was up and running.  I actually visited Pender Island for the May Long Weekend back in 2003 so it was fun seeing a repeat.  At this point, I discovered that my parents have only visited one Gulf Island (Saltspring) in the 35 years they have lived in Victoria - this is only their second Gulf Island. 
 
Totem Poles On Pender Islands Community HallWool Products At Farmers Market

Dad With Strawberry PopsicleNara With Cookies And Creme PopsicleFall Flowers At Farmers Market

After a quick snacks run, we drove to our first artist - Morgan Warren.  Morgan has a yurt on her property which is both a studio and a gallery.  I was also surprised to find my Mom already has three framed paintings from this artist from when the artist lived in Sidney, BC.  It was lunch time so we drove to Thieves Bay Park for picnic lunch.

Lunch With ViewPicnic At Thieves Bay Park


After a quick lunch (the art crawl ends at 4pm), we got on the road to visit some more locations.

Fall Crocus At Karin Kocha Campbell
I don't take photos at every artist I visit, but our next studio - Karin Kocha Campbell - was very photogenic.  The artist does weaving using natural materials which matches well with her native plant nursery business.  Her materials were extremely photogenic.

Basket Materials Hanging To DrySmaller Weaving Supplies
 
Kim Pollard Studio
Next we visited Hope Catcher Studio.  This was a dedicated studio on a small working farm.  This artist was busy - while we were there she had a continous stream of visitors coming to see her new works.



Door Gong

We visited Thuja Wood Art and Silver Circle Weaving - a husband and wife artist pair at their home.  There home was amazing (a front pond full of dragon flies) and the whole property (home and some buildings) was built using straw bale construction.  The wood art had a very limited selection (one piece) because his most recent gallery showing had sold out.  The weaver was very kind to Claira and let Claira learn how to use the loom.  Claira really enjoyed that.
Claira Operating Loom

Felted Door Hanging
We visited a few more artists, but 4pm does come rather quickly and we had a 5pm ferry to catch.
 


Small Male Deer
While driving back to the shopping area mid island, we happened upon a small herd of Island deer outside of a community tennis court.  Island deer are funny - they are tiny compared to mainland deer and they don't seem to get very stressed when humans are around.  (They chose to sit down right next to a tennis court with people playing). 

Young Deer
 
Roadside Flower Stand
So we worked our way back to the Ferry terminal (Nara did some homework in the car), back to Victoria and then back to Vancouver.  Sadly, we missed the 7pm sailing to Vancouver (we were the first car to not get on) so we had a long wait in Swartz Bay.  Overall, I was pretty impressed we could do a day trip to a Gulf Island and actually do something with the day.  Maybe next year we'll try Mayne Island!


Victoria for Thanksgiving

I don't know when it became a tradition, but we do often go to Victoria for Thanksgiving. This weekend is usually the last weekend of the farmers markets so we decided to stop by the Market at the Saanich Fair grounds to see what was still in season.

Saanich Farmers Market
 
I have a soft spot for vegetables and Claira has a soft spot for mini-donuts. 

Mini Donut TrailerWooden Boxes Of Produce


When I was a kid we used to go up to Sooke Potholes in the summer.  A lot has changed since then - the grounds are now a park and there is good parking and access.  The kids didn't bring their bathing suits so they could only run around on the rocks.

Kids Walked Out To Shallow Island


American Dipper With Reflection
I was lucky to spot an American Dipper on the shore.  These small birds aren't that rare, but they can be tricky to photograph because you usually notice them as they are flying away, up the river to creek.  I happened to already have my camera bag out so I was able to get some nice snaps.

American Dipper In Shallow Water

I did have a hike in mind - I wanted to see the Todd Creek Trestle.  This Trestle is part of the Galloping Goose Trail but we had to take a side trail to walk up to the trail bed.  It's been really warm and dry in Victoria - the ferms in the forest were withered from the dryness.
 
Kids On Todd Creek TrestleOn Trestle Bridge DeckTodd Creek Trestle Curve

After our little hike up to the trestle and back, we drove up to the bigger potholes.  The rocks are quite slippery as Nara demonstrated by uncontrollably sliding into the river.  Oh well - at least it was warm out.

Big Sooke PotholeNara Fell In


We got the kids back to the car and Nara wrapped up in a jacket.  Good trip down memory lane!

Quick's Bottom Park

Quick's bottom has a sign at the side of the road that I have passed easily 100 times, but I have never visited. This trip, that changed! The park has a fast trail through the park and large grasslands. There wasn't a lot of birds now, but in the spring I'm sure this place is busy.

Bench Under Oak TreeTunnel Through Park


Pumpkin Pie
Being Thanksgiving, we did have a Thanksgiving dinner.  Claira wanted photos of her center piece. 

Thanksgiving Table Setting

The Gardens at the Horticulture Center of the Pacific

March 2005 - my first monthly blog, but for nostalgia I wanted to visit again.  My last visit was spring which has no shortage of beautiful things to photograph, but this was fall which would make things a bit harder.

Kids Walking Into Horticulture Centre Of The Pacific

 Nara Jumping Over Rock BridgeNara Demonstrating First Aid

 
First duplicate - and the thing I really wanted to see - was the Zen garden.  When I visited in 2015 this garden was just built - the rocks were clean and the stones were very well organized.  Seventeen years later, the garden is still there, but it has certainly evolved.  Rocks and lanterns had moss on them.  Trees and shrubs grew up and filled in the space.  The rock garden got a new island.
 
Japanese Rock Garden
 
 
Tea House Above Weedy PondWindow In Japanese Style Wall



Second duplicate - there is a zig-zag bridge up from the zen garden that I have a photo of in 2015.  The light was quite dappled (contrasty) so the people really stand out in these shots compared to the bridge.

Claira On Zig Zag BridgeGrand Family On BridgeParents On Bridge


Lots of familar things, a few new things.  We were quite surprised to see a large outdoor bonsai exhibit.  The trees are amazing, but the micro details - the moss, the lichen on the bark - really made made these exhibits something special.

Chinese Juniper BonsaiUmbrella Like Canopy
 
  Undershot Flowers
Being a Garden, there is lots of plant details.  I got out my macro lens and probably could have spent an hour poking around details.


Snail Exploring RocksTiny Cup LichenWater Drops On Spider Web
 
 

Sunshine Coast Art Crawl

Marleen Vermeulen Studio
My first Sunshine Coast Art Crawl was back in 2019.  Just like this weekend, Helen was working the weekend so I had the kids and I made a reservation for the ferries a few months in advance.  This time I had a bit of a plan - arrive closer to start time and then spend the day driving North.  I timed my day to hit the Northern limit just as the crawl ended and then I would turn around and drive back for the ferry.  It's amazing how much closer everything seems when you have visited this part of the world before.


One of our favorite artists (Greta) shows at the Ian Tan Gallery which is close to our house.  This kids have always liked her paintings because there are little games (count the crows) and the images are so warm and inviting.  Greta showed the kids around and we visited her neighbor as well!

Gretas Feather CollectionKids Looking At Masks


Last time I was on the crawl I heard about "THIS IS IT DESIGN / URS" - I giant studio with a long line of cars parked out on the road.  This year still had the long line of cars, but I knew it was worth a stop in.  The artist studio is huge - larger than many homes - and full of interesting projects and tools.  They had a huge overhead kiln that was running just warm enough to make the giant space warm even with the door propped open all the time.

Largest Kiln Ever SeenRain Chain With Maples


The kids do like to get involved and I found one of the artists - Wolfpup studio - was running a demo.  We hung out and played a bit of soccer until the demo was ready to go and the kids got to do dyeing using Indigo.  The kids were both happy with their projects.

Claira Wrapped Up TowelClaira Dunking Wrapped Up BallClaira With Wrapped BallThe Big Reveal
 
Mixing Concentrated IndigoNara Dyeing Her ShirtNaras Big Reveal
 
We continued driving north and reached our point of apoapsis for this trip at Elly Van Alfen show of her quilts. 


Elly Van Alfen Quilts

Glaze Sample BoardTwo Layer Forest Stencil
 

Nara's Science Fair Project

Nara's school does a science fair project.  Last year, her project was looking at pollution and it's impact on brine shrimp.  One night I drove out to a toy store in Coquitlam to buy 6 sea monkeys kits.  Another day after school we went to a rock shop to buy a rock made out of copper pyrite.  We introduce a variable amount of tailings and then counted how many shrimp survived at the varying concentrations.  Easy!

Nara Checking ContinuityTerminating Lead
This year, Nara wanted to measure the potential of using seaweed to reduce the concentration of pollutants.  To do this, she needed keep the seaweed alive to measure it's performance.  That meant she needed a life support system for her seaweed.  We started with cooling the water.  Nara started by wiring up a power supply.


Drilling Mounting HolesZip Tie Power Suply
The power supply was then mounted to a project board so we could attach additional components.  We didn't have the correct little screws to mount the power supply so we used holes through the board and zap straps to secure things.


Tracing ControllerAdjusting Mounting Screws
After next we mounted a peltier junction chiller (used for active cooling processors) and a small temperature controller I already had.  Lastly, we wired in the small immersion pump to get the cooling water through the junction.


Temperature Controller
We did a test run and the chiller could bring 2 liters of water down to target temperature (11°C) from room temperature in less than 10 minutes.  Our target setup had 5 x 2 liter test containers and another 10 liters of fresh water to cool down the containers.  All of this was in our cooler in our living room.


Next up, we need to make sea water.  There is a product called "Instant Ocean" where you can measure in their powdered salt and mix up salt water.  A bit of measurement and our salt water was ready.

  Measuring Distilled WaterMeasuring Into Test JugsShaking Water Container
 
Mixing Up Chemistry
Next up we needed to make our "pollution".  The pollution we were modeling was agricultural run-off.  We found water soluble fertilizers and tried to figure out the correct mix down ratio.  For our first round of testing, we discovered we actually got the concentration wrong - at least 10x stronger than we meant.  Oops.


Next up was measuring the concentrations in the water.  We used kits we bought from an aquarium store to measure each of our 5 test containers every night.

Measuring AmmoniaColor MatchingMeasuring Phosphate
 
Kelp Collecting At Kits Beach
Last but not least, we needed seaweed!  Our local beach didn't have a lot of species choices, but there was no shortage of sea lettuce on the rocks.  We picked a few choice stones with a healthy seaweed growing on it and took it home.



Sea Lettuce On StoneSeaweed Layed Out Surface Area Measurement
Nara cleaned up the kelp, we measured it and then put it in the tanks.

Measuring Kelp Weight
 
 
Tanks With Stones And Kelp
We ran for about 6 days before we realized we messed up the chemistry.  The next week, we tried again with a better procedure and got solid results.  Thanks for all of the fun Nara!


 


On Trestle Bridge Deck
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Small Male Deer
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Big Sooke Pothole
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Salish Heron Berthed Next
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Nara With Cookies And Creme Popsicle
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Tunnel Through Park
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Nara Demonstrating First Aid
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Fall Flowers At Farmers Market
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Fall Crocus At Karin Kocha Campbell
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Rain Chain With Maples
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Totem Poles On Pender Islands Community Hall
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Basket Materials Hanging To Dry
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Sea Lettuce On Stone
Tracing Controller
Measuring Ammonia
Marleen Vermeulen Studio
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Mixing Up Chemistry
Mixing Concentrated Indigo
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Claira Wrapped Up Towel
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Wool Products At Farmers Market
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Measuring Into Test Jugs
Pumpkin Pie
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American Dipper In Shallow Water
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Bench Under Oak Tree
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Measuring Phosphate
Terminating Lead
Drilling Mounting Holes
Nara Jumping Over Rock Bridge
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Gretas Feather Collection
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Saanich Farmers Market
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Color Matching
Snail Exploring Rocks
Altitude: 34m (111 feet)
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Kim Pollard Studio
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Claira On Zig Zag Bridge
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Two Layer Forest Stencil
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Kelp Collecting At Kits Beach
Queued Up For Ferry Transfer
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Tanks With Stones And Kelp
Parents On Bridge
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Picnic At Thieves Bay Park
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Mini Donut Trailer
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Grand Family On Bridge
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Kids On Todd Creek Trestle
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Nara Dyeing Her Shirt
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Window In Japanese Style Wall
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Kids Looking At Masks
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Felted Door Hanging
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Shaking Water Container
Largest Kiln Ever Seen
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Thanksgiving Table Setting
Smaller Weaving Supplies
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Tea House Above Weedy Pond
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American Dipper With Reflection
Species: Cinclus mexicanus (American Dipper)
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Kids Walked Out To Shallow Island
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Dad With Strawberry Popsicle
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Four Ferries In On Picture
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Measuring Kelp Weight
Naras Big Reveal
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Nara Checking Continuity
Claira With Wrapped Ball
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Water Drops On Spider Web
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Roadside Flower Stand
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Wooden Boxes Of Produce
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Claira Dunking Wrapped Up Ball
Claira Operating Loom
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Measuring Distilled Water
Tiny Cup Lichen
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Japanese Rock Garden
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Nara Fell In
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Todd Creek Trestle Curve
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Seaweed Layed Out Surface Area Measurement
Young Deer
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Lunch With View
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Undershot Flowers
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Glaze Sample Board
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Adjusting Mounting Screws
Elly Van Alfen Quilts
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Door Gong
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Umbrella Like Canopy
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Kids Walking Into Horticulture Centre Of The Pacific
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The Big Reveal
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Zip Tie Power Suply
Chinese Juniper Bonsai
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Temperature Controller
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