Friday, September 29, 2006

The Blues

As I dearly love the Blues, I thought I'd share links to a couple of videos that I've enjoyed.

The first is Joe Bonamassa at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Joe Bonamassa

And if you want to know more about Joe, check this out:
Joe's Bio

The next is Walter Trout playing Dust My Broom.
Walter Trout

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

My Daughter Rainey

This is my beautiful daughter Rainey and her family: Ellys, Tom, Rainey, Joe and Keely, on the beach in New Jersey.

Community Garden

I planted two cherry tomato plants in my small box and they've produced most abundantly. The third photo is a close up of the delicious little morsels. Don't forget that you can click on the image to see the full size version.

Evening Sky

The evening sky, just before sunset. How beautiful is the palette of colours that nature creates.

Monday, September 25, 2006

My Son Ken

The handsome fella in these photos is my youngest, my son Ken. In the most recent photo I have of him, you see him realizing a dream behind the wheel of a fire engine. He was a volunteer with our local volunteer fire department and had just gotten his air brake endorsement. The middle photo is about two years old and the bottom photo is a collage I created of Ken and his daughter Hazel.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Fog Lingers

Though the fog has lingered all day, you can see that most of it has burned off and the sky and ocean are a beautiful brilliant blue. The view is looking towards Sointula on Malcolm Island. Also a close up of the ferry heading out.

Jonny Lang

Wikipedia says this about Jonny Lang:

"Jonny Lang (born Jon Gordon Langseth, Jr. in Fargo, North Dakota, January 29, 1981) is an American blues guitarist and singer. In 1995, at the age of 14, his first album was released; Smokin by Kid Jonny Lang and the Big Bang. At age 15, Lang released his debut solo album Lie to Me. Part of this success is due to a voice that sounds like that of 40 year old blues veteran, containing a harshness tempered by a fine falsetto that has taken prominence in his newest albums. Part of it is his scorching guitar solos, which display a prodigious natural talent honed by years of practice and playing. Whatever the secret to his success, the youngster has quickly become a fixture in the blues world, drawing crowds wherever he goes. He has been recognized by famous guitarists all over the world, and was recognized in 2004 by Eric Clapton. Clapton asked Lang to play at the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival to raise money for the Crossroads Centre Antigua."

If you go to his Website you can hear several cuts from his newest album, "Turn Around," which just was released September 19, 2006. Well worth a listen.

Stevie Ray Vaughn

I mentioned in my profile that SRV's version of Little Wing is my favourite song. If you haven't heard it, there are two video versions available online that you can check out.

One is a Tribute to all guitar players.

The second is an 8 minute Video of SRV.

Both of these videos can be downloaded free in a format that can be played on your computer or Video iPod.

Many musicians and singers have covered Jimi Hendrix's Little Wing and Stevie's is absoluetly my favourite, however an acoustic version by Ottmar Liebert is a close second.

The Fog Bank

I love it when it's foggy like it is today. Low flying clouds of fog are hanging on the trees and swirling just above the silvery ocean, making the world feel eerie and magical. Here are two photos to show you what I mean. The first is a view of Ledge Point which is directly across from the town harbour. The second looks toward Haddington Island where the ferry is about to vanish into the fog. If you click on the image, you'll be taken to a full screen version.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

A Beautiful Day

It was a beautiful day for a walk. It's hard to believe that today is the first day of autumn with the sun shining and feeling quite hot. The harbour views were so peaceful and discovering that the Farmers Market was on today was quite a treat. Added to the pleasure of the walk was happening upon some friends who were enjoying a coffee in a local haunt.

Harbour Walk

A nice place to relax. Notice the bank of fog rolling in.

Looking toward Haddington Island over the rocky beach at high tide.

The jetty where the ferry docks.

Another view of high tide beach.

Late September blooms at the Harbour Office.

Harbour Walk 2

View over Harbour looking towards the end of the bay.

Boats in Harbour.

Parched grass along waterfront walkway. It's been a very dry summer.

Boats in Harbour.

Monkey tree at Harbour.

Harbour Walk 3

Boats in the Harbour.

Farmer's market at the Harbour.

Float planes in the Harbour.

View towards the booming jetty.

One of my favourite old buildings in town.