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Exploring Victoria's 'Hidden Places'...

Hi Folks:

Robert Frost wrote:

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

Although frequented by both locals and tourists every year, downtown Victoria has a number of alleyways, pathways, etc. that aren't visited so often. None of them are exactly secret, but some of them are less well known than others so I thought we could have a photowalk to explore some of these areas.

The area in question is 'roughly' bound by Belleville, Quadra, Herald and Store/Wharf Streets. I walked the route I have in mind yesterday, and it's about 8 km long. If the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, this isn't going to be very short. It took me just over an hour, but with people stopping to make photographs along the way I think we should allow about 3 - 3½ hours for this walk. We won't be running at a marathon pace by any means, but because of the geography of Victoria there are a lot of ups and downs and there are a couple of places where there are a lot of stairs. You'll have to judge your own fitness level. As it happens, the hardest part of the walk is near the beginning! If people want to drop out along the way that's fine, but if you want to start later, there's no way to tell where we'll be at any given time.

So...

What to bring:
Comfortable walking shoes
Water/ snacks (if you need them)
Clothing appropriate to the weather (if it's raining, bring a bag for your camera and prepare to get wet).
Whatever camera gear you're comfortable carrying for 3 hours or so.
A bit of laughter and a sense of adventure.

What to photograph:
Anything but me.

I can't actually prevent you from making images of me, but I'd prefer it if you didn't, and I'll happily move out of your way. Instead, you might want to photograph: light, shadows, angles, patterns, colours, shapes, buildings, flowers, leaves, trees, wildlife, cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, skateboards, people at work, people at play, people with children, people with pets, clouds, the effects of wind, water, reflections, boats, macros, signs, juxtapositions... in short, whatever you can imagine.

We'll start and end the walk at the NE corner of the Legislature Grounds, by the War Memorial. I'll be the tall hairy guy with the brown baseball cap.

Depending on how much you travel around the downtown you might have been to some or all of these places, but I can guarantee one thing... as Heraclitus said, "One cannot step into the same river twice." Might even be fun.

Mike.

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  • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

    Don't forget to share your images! Looking forward to seeing them.

    Mike.

    October 19, 2013

    • Andrew W.

      Beth please don't be embarrassed. The group is open to all levels of skill and artistic vision. Everyone has their own style...be proud of what you create.

      2 · October 19, 2013

    • Maureen

      Beth, your images were beautiful. You have a sensitive eye! All photos have merit as presented, with or without Photoshop alterations.

      October 21, 2013

  • Sophia B.

    Thanks so much for the fabulous walk, Mike, it was great!

    1 · October 20, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      You're most welcome! It was lovely to meet you! Do you have any images you'd care to share? :-)

      October 20, 2013

  • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

    Hi Folks: Many thanks to the 14 or so people who showed up this morning, and the 8 who made it through the entire walk! I have two links for you. First is a .pdf file, as promised, giving directions for the route we walked today. You can download it from here: http://www.wolfnowl.com/Victoria_Hidden_Places_Walk.pdf

    The second is a link to a series of short (35 seconds) videos from the Knowledge Network, showing 'then' and now' images from various places around downtown. Some of them are from the 19th and the others are from the 20th century: http://knowledge.ca/program/victoria-then-now
    (in case you want to compare).

    Mike.

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Bev A.

      Sorry I couldn't make it today but your instructions seem to be quite clear so I'll be exploring some of these areas soon. Thanks.

      1 · October 19, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      You're most welcome! Let me know if you have any questions.

      October 19, 2013

  • Sandra

    Great tour today, thanks Mike for leading! Thanks also to all of you for sharing,ideas; app ideas especially.

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Virginia

      Oh do I have app ideas!

      2 · October 19, 2013

  • Sandra

    Five star!

    3 · October 19, 2013

  • Virginia

    Thanks, Mike, for a great tour. I spent the day in my favourite way, with lots of interesting and friendly people!

    3 · October 19, 2013

  • Alex b.

    Thanks Mike it was an adsolutely wonderful tour, I have now spotted five locations that I just must return to soon to take pictures. Sorry to bail out early but my leg was acting up, hope i didnt miss too much. Perfect morning and a great tour.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Alex b.

    Great

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Donna

    Late night last night so didn't remember shutting off my alarm. Sorry I missed it. Next time.

    October 19, 2013

  • James Y.

    I showed up 10 minutes late. Me bad.

    October 19, 2013

  • Matt F.

    Will be there late. Find you guys along the way

    October 19, 2013

  • Maureen

    Sorry, just woke up.

    October 19, 2013

  • Maureen

    Sorry, just woke up.

    October 19, 2013

  • Ken J.

    The 'tentative' commitment I had for this weekend has firmed up, so unable to make the get together. Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

    October 18, 2013

  • Tim C.

    Out of town

    October 18, 2013

  • Gary G.

    Somethings come up and not able to meet. Was looking forward to it.

    Hopefully this takes place another time.

    October 18, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Gary: I'll make a description of the route available for those who are interested... See you next time!!

      October 18, 2013

  • Rea

    First time out with this meetup! Looking forward to meeting you.

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    "NE corner of Legislature ground" means not inside but outside? on the grass? I'm very worried... Can you explain the place more detailed? Sorry...

    October 13, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Hi Elayne: If you stand on Belleville St. facing the Legislative Buildings there will be a giant sequoia tree beside you to the right and a statue of the queen more or less in front of you. Beyond her is the fountain and then the building itself. If you turn left and walk down Belleville St. toward the museum and Government St, before you get to the corner but still on the grounds is a statue/ memorial for Canada's war dead. This is where we're meeting. Make sense?

      1 · October 14, 2013

  • TJ H.

    I haven't managed to make it out to any yet but hopefully I can this time!

    October 11, 2013

  • Bev A.

    Sounds fascinating but I think that would be way too much walking for me! :o(

    October 6, 2013

    • Bev A.

      That would be great Mike!

      October 6, 2013

    • Sandra

      Nice to chat with you Beth Anne!

      October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Jade Fountain 3366 Douglas St (250)[masked] has the best Dim Sum in town. It is a bit further from downtown core though. However it is definitely worth the trip. You know they are authentic when it is cart-pushing :).

    October 7, 2013

  • Gary G.

    Before reading Jaquelines comments about Chinese lunch, I was going to suggest Dim Sum afterwards. If event is to end at one,,how about reservations for goup at 1:15. I don't know any restaurant to reccomend.

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might be tempted if there was the promise of company and lunch afterward...and a longer yet shorter walk...if we started at the leg.and ended at china town...we'd have food at the end and more time to take it all in. ;-)

    October 6, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Hi Jacqueline: If people want to set a place to meet afterward when we meet up, you're welcome to join in for as long as you want and then meet the group afterward. From Chinatown the rest of it is pretty much all downhill, though... ;-)

      October 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Mike and others,
    This sounds like a fascinating urban discovery walk. I led a similar walk for The Places Project earlier this year (link: bit.ly/11A466b) - without a crew of excellent photographers.
    If any of you are interested in contributing photos with or without commentary for use in our Rethink Urban blog (http://rethinkurban.com) I would be delighted to hear from you.

    October 6, 2013

  • Ken J.

    I have a previous tentative commitment for this day, so my RSVP 'yes' is a 'qualified yes', but I think it's a fabulous idea. Thanx Mike!

    October 6, 2013

  • Kevin L.

    I should be back on Island for this walk, sounds like it could be a good time.

    October 6, 2013

  • James Y.

    I just bought a full frame macro, so I am down with this meet up.

    October 6, 2013

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