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.

2014 Discovery Island Hike from Hotel

(3.5 Hours) Spectacular remote walking adventure from Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Meeting Location: Oak Bay Beach Hotel (15 min east of Victoria).

Dates can be arranged: from May 15th through Sept 15th

Time: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Cost:  $69. each.

Children welcome.  Under 6 – Free/6-12 – half price

What’s included:

  •  Boat ride to Discovery Island across from Oak Bay Beach Hotel
  • Naturalist Guided walking tour around Discovery Island
  • Binoculars for your use aboard the Discovery Shuttle

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable walking footwear, no sandals or flip flops
  • Dress in weather appropriate layers
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera
  • Water and a snack or lunch
  • Enthusiasm

Health Related:

Tour includes traveling in an open motorboat, disembarking via a ramp, walking on a pebble beach and well-groomed trails with very little inclination.