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Day 324: Victoria, BC

Approaching Victoria you can see we aren’t the only cruise ship.  We docked just this side of that one.

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(All photos a combination of the Samsung Galaxy s5 and Nikon Coolpix P7100)

Off in the distance was this impressive sleeping volcano…Mount Baker, perhaps?

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This is the Lido Deck and pool area open to the sunshine.

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Even as nice as it was on deck they still did not open it completely.

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The labour for Victoria doesn’t look that big, but it sure was busy!

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The Orca boat and the yellow Prince of Whales boats are whale watching tours.  We took one once to see killer whales (Orcas).

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This is another three photo panorama of where we docked.  The Regatta is one of those high end cruise lines.  Way out of our budget!

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Despite my best efforts we took a bus into the city for a little tourism. (Another three photo panorama!?!?)

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Because I saw a better way…the dailylife wife didn’t seem to.  Tours for Two: Ural Motorcycles with Sidecars.  And a guide/driver!

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Once downtown we walked around the Inner Harbour for a bit.

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The other way:

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Lots of flowers around Victoria, and we didn’t even get to the Buschart Gardens!

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We finally settled for spell at Sam’s Deli, after some nice shopping.  Unfortunately by the time we found the Tilley shop, it had closed.  Drat.

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Sam had wine…

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…and beer!

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And the entertainment was provided by Darth Vader…with a fiddle!

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(These last four are by the Dailylife Wife on her Olympus PL5)

Those darned fisheyes distort and exaggerate everything…

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Then it was back on the ship!

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And off to our last Happy Hour.  It was some kind of a chocolate martini, but I don’t recall the Ship’s name for it.  Not bad!

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Still a little sunset and moonrise to come…

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 323: Back to the Cruise!

The last full day of our Cruise!

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The Lido Deck with the pool and cafe is quiet if you get there early enough!

(All photos down to the sunshine were taken on my Samsung Galaxy s5.)

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We ate at the buffet this morning.  Most of the second half of the cruise we had eaten in the big dining room with table service and a bit different menu.  But this was OK.

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Outside it was foggy again.

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As near as we could tell these racks are to wash the window on the Lido Deck.  they roll back and forth along the ship.

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You could tell the sun was up there somewhere.

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It just was not shining on us.

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(Wallpaper sized…)

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At this point there was almost a catastrophe.  I had been moving around the deck, and the fog horn had been blowing every couple of minutes.  I didn’t realized I had moved right under it when I took this photo.  A second after I snapped it, the horn blew, and the Pacific almost got a new phone…

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Finally we got out of the fog.

(A six photo panorama!)

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(The rest of these photo were taken on my Nikon Coolpix P7100.)

It was quite nice up on deck with the sun and little breeze.

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Intrepid Cruisers.

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Next stop, Victoria!

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Addendum to Day 310…

I was curious as to why the Whale Sharks from Day 310 were so far out of the tropics, so I emailed the Shark Research Institute, where Dailylife Daughter #2 had found the photo that looked like whale sharks…


Hi Curtis,

Our webmaster forward your request to us. The images posted on
http://www.dailylife.barrowroad.com/?p=23419 are of an ocean sunfish, *Mola
mola.*

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_sunfish

They DO look like floating heads. We've seen them in the tropics and
occasionally here off New Jersey. Can't eat them tho; their flesh is
riddled with parasites.

Best regards,
Marie Levine
Shark Research Institute

Sure enough, I looked and one of the photos could taken by me on the Amsterdam.  So they are NOT whale sharks but are a kind of Sunfish.

 

Pretty ugly looking, either way!

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>



				

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First ice down there, too.  Interesting.

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(1/1000s f/3.2 ISO100 7.4mm (35mm eq:35mm) +1/3 stop Nikon Coolpix P7100)

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(1/500s f/3.5 ISO100 11.8mm (35mm eq:55mm) P7100)

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(1/200s f/4.5 ISO100 20.1mm (35mm eq:94mm) +2/3 stop P7100)

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(1/2000s f/7.1 ISO1600 20.1mm (35mm eq:94mm) +1/3 stop P7100)

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(1/1600s f/8.0 ISO1600 42.6mm (35mm eq:200mm) +1/3 stop P7100)

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 321

Another foggy morning down by the River.

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(1/800s f/3.5 ISO100 6mm (35mm eq:28mm) -1 stop Nikon Coolpix P7100)

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(1/640s f/4.0 ISO100 16.3mm (35mm eq:76mm) -1/3 stop P7100)

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(1/1000s f/4.0 ISO100 6mm (35mm eq:28mm) P7100)

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(1/800s f/4.0 ISO100 6mm (35mm eq:28mm) -2/3 stop P7100)

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(1/800s f/3.5 ISO100 10.7mm (35mm eq:50mm) P7100)

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(1/320s f/5.6 ISO100 42.6mm (35mm eq:200mm) -1/3 stop P7100)

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(1/800s f/4.5 ISO100 20.1mm (35mm eq:94mm) P7100)

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 320: Something you don’t see every day…

A tree full of Cedar Waxwings…-12F by the River.  It was -18F during the night.

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(1/1000s f/8.0 ISO320 155mm Canon 7D)

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 319

Three variations on the same photo.  These are all from the same image.

The whole thing (mostly).

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(1/350s f/8.0 ISO100 140mm Canon 7D)

Variation 1.

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Variation 2.

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~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

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Islands in the stream…

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(1/500s f/8.0 ISO100 221mm Canon 7D)

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

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Abstract to-be-recycled pipes…

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(1/180s f/8.0 ISO100 300mm +1/2 stop Canon 7D)

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

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A Redearred Grebe, a bit outside of it’s range. Shot through the river mist…

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(1/350s f/8.0 ISO100 300mm +1/2 stop Canon 7D)

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>