May 2015 – Dr. Andrew Ross’ Birds of Oak Bay

Cattle Point Arts, Science and Culture Foundation is pleased to deliver another wonderful album of local bird photographs taken in Oak Bay in May 2015 by Dr. Andrew Ross. Click on star image at top right corner to download high resolution image to see the birds as you have never seen them. ?

Birds of Oak Bay – May 2015

Staqeya the coastal wolf on Discovery Island

Staqeya the coastal wolf, still on Discovery Island, May 31, 2015 by Mike Sheehan. Amazing photo taken yesterday of the wolf over on Discovery Island. We need to get him a spouse? Some say this is the spirit of Chief Ron Sam’s father. Appeared on the island just after old Chief died. — with Mike Sheehan atDiscovery Island (British Columbia). 

Wolves have excellent hearing, and under certain conditions can hear a howl as far as six miles away in the forest and ten miles away on the open tundra. A wolf howl is a deep and continuous sound from about half a second to 11 seconds long. So perhaps his pack in the Sooke Hills know where he is.

Summer Solstice Giclee – Front Lobby

Robert Williams Summer Solstice – 5:21 am, June 21, 2015

from Cattle Point Star Park – Sunrise June 21 over Chatham and Discovery Islands

Julian Hancock suggested we get a second canvas – one for the front lobby too. We have produced a giclee of the Summer Solstice taken at the same time and date from Cattle Point courtesy of Robert Williams. You can see from the cloud formation it was taken at the exact time as Dr. Ross’s image now hung in the 3rd floor lobby – i.e. at 05:21 am on June 21, 2015. This is no coincidence as we were taking photos of the 2015 Summer Solstice all along the Oak Bay Seafront.

The giclee (print on canvas) is hung where the old clock was in the front lobby.

Hope you like it and that everytime you leave or come home, it makes you feel good. 

Last minute cheques or cash please drop in my letter box at #104. We are just 2 donations short after we made the front lobby giclee a little larger than planned.

By the way many thanks to digital photo expert Terry Zlot who has amazed us with his company’s skills and capability. He is at “The Print Lab” on Bowker in Oak Bay. HeSafety

Bald Eagle – June 2014

Dr. Andrew Ross was awoken early Sunday morning by the loud sounds of a “Murder of Crows” in the huge tree between his apartment on the 6th floor of Hampshire House, and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. He finally got out of bed and took a closer look. Much to his surprise he saw an eagle, a beautiful Bald Eagle, high up in the tree. 


Then he noticed the crows were attacking the Eagle. He was quite concerned.

The Eagle seemed injured and favoured his wing.


After 4 hours of observing the torment, Dr. Ross decided to phone the Eagle Emergency line which he was surprised to learn was in Courtenay. Well they said they would have someone from Victoria there right away. Faster than a paramedic from Jubilee the Eagle Doctor arrived.

Much to everyone’s relief after leaning over the Ross’s balcony and prodding the eagle with her long expandable pole, the Bald Eagle suddenly soared into the air and left.

The Eagle Doctor explained that sometimes the eagle would have trouble digesting something and would sit in a tree for hours.