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Photos Victoria, BC

Butchart Gardens, July 2020

The Butchart Gardens (Wikipedia: Butchart Gardens) is a beatuiful collection of mostly floral gardens set within and around an old limestone quarry, in Brentwood Bay, just outside of Victoria. The gardens have a long history in the area, and are designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. I visited the gardens for the first…

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Arkel Signature BB handlebar bag

I like the idea of handlebar bags and have tried various setups, many of which have felt bulky or awkward. I prefer having my handlebar area relatively open — I like a clean and light front end and I tend to alternate hand positions regularly on long rides — but there are still many scenarios…

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Photos, April 2020

Hello world. I hope everyone is doing well as the pandemic continues to make us shift and evaluate our everyday practices. It’s been a challenging and enlightening time, personally. I certainly haven’t been out and about taking lots of photos, but luckily there are many beautiful things right outside my doorstep. Here are a few…

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Photos, March 2020

A few shots around town from March, 2020. I’m a little late on getting these ones posted, mostly due to feeling quite distracted from the global pandemic and subsequent cultural shifts. We’re still far from ‘normal’, but I’m slowly getting back into a rhythm with shooting and posting again.Despite (or perhaps in many ways as…

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Photos, February 2020

February brings with it the first signs of Spring here on southern Vancouver Island. These are some shots from around town, shot on my Olympus EM10-II.

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Salsa Cowchipper: Installing and riding (video)

Swapping out handlebars is by far one the most effective and economical upgrades one can make to their bike. For a relatively small investment, the change in feel and comfort can be dramatic. In fact, changing out bars can almost make it feel like you’re riding a whole new bike. A few weeks ago, I…

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Soggy lines at Thetis Lake (video)

I am trying out a new chest cam, so I made a little montage from a soggy January day out at Thetis Lake.

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Photos, January 2020

Some shots from New Years Day, and some captures around town during the week of snow we had here in Victoria, mid-January. Shot on my Olympus EM10-II.

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Photos, December 2019

Some photos shot in and around Victoria, BC, December, 2019, on my Olympus EM10-II.

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Bicycle Touring: Sooke Hills to Mill Bay

A late October overnight loop to Bamberton Provincial Park, first heading north through the Sooke Hills to Shawnigan Lake, then southeast to Mill Bay. Crisp morning air exhaled into a warm and bright fall day. The ride through the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail proved to be a particularly challenging section of this route, featuring some…

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Bicycle Touring: Pender Overnighter

I had amazing weather for an early-fall overnighter to Pender Island, camping at Shingle Bay. The morning ride to the ferry at Swartz Bay was bright and crisp, and the day turned out to be warm and sunny. The riding on Pender was hilly and fun. The night on Shingle Bay provided one of the…

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Bicycle Touring: Saturna Overnighter

The freedom and feeling of self-sufficiency is one of the most appealing aspects of bicycle touring to me. Being able to power yourself, carry everything you need, and move at your own pace, is so fun and satisfying. This feeling is captured very well even on short, one night trips. They require a little less…