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.
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.