Walking in View Royal

I had a little fun here with the Nik Analog filter that gives photos a vintage look or  an old plate photograph touch.

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Fort Rodd Lighthouse across the cove

I live near the water and I’m close to many regional park lands.  The mountains in the distance are The Olympic Range on the American side, across the Juan de Fuca Strait.

The westcoast of the island is spectacular. View Royal is a more rural area but well connected to the town of Victoria.  My brother ( 50 something) and his friends just finished walking the famous, grueling and beautiful West Coast Trail for the last 6 days, through rain forest, torrential mud (the trail when it rains), and over mountain, raging river and chasm carrying 30-40 lb. back packs and watching for bear and cougar.  He saw three people airlifted out by medivac.  No, I’m not in the least bit interested!!  I prefer to be home at tea time and at bedtime.  I’m off to Scotland and Ireland at the end of August!!

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The road to the point

Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library has provided a wonderful story inspired by “the road to the point” entitled Apocalypse at Tea Time

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An old house on the Cove

 

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Riding the Goose – to Sooke Regional Park from View Royal ( Galloping Goose Trail)

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  1. The vintage treatments are lovely. That cove with the lone house on the water looks so pretty, and peaceful.

    Have a wonderful time on your trip. Both Ireland, and Scotland are my “bucket list”.
    My bucket list just grows and never gets any shorter. 🙂

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    1. thanks so much – my bucket list is long too but I’ve traveled a bit so far.

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  2. Peter Nena says:

    A remarkable place. I wish I could get as far away from the city as possible. But I work in the city.

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    1. I hope you get some weekend getaways Peter!! It is beautiful here though there are lots of grey days on the northwest coast. Maybe one day I will do a safari in Kenya!!

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      1. Peter Nena says:

        You are much welcome for the Safari, Cybele.

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  3. FeyGirl says:

    Just magnificent! I’ve hiked the area of the Juan de Fuca Strait, and it’s just MAGNIFICENT. One of the most beautiful areas I’ve been blessed to see.

    How lucky for you to visit Ireland and Scotland, my family’s ancestral home. I’ve been to Scotland, but never Ireland. Can’t wait to see your images!

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    1. It is!! Thank you Fey!! I know I can’t wait to go back too!! My cousins are there as well!

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  4. Cybelle, beautiful photos and landscape shot!

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  5. I love those pictures, it looks like they are coming out of an old fiction movie ❤

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    1. I think so too!! Thanks Voth!!!

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  6. Mjollnir says:

    A nice set of photos but I really like that last one. Superb. And I’m sure you’ll enjoy your trip to the old homeland too 😀

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  7. That first picture looks like an old oil painting! Brilliant. I love the other pictures, too, especially the light effects in the last one, which help create an illusion of a very long journey and this feeling of wanting to see what is beyond the furthest point visible.

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah. It does give that feeling of infinity and beyond if only I could pedal fast enough lol!!

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  8. joshi daniel says:

    what a surreal look 🙂

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    1. thanks Joshi- it is rather!!

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  9. Embracing a Wounded Soul says:

    You truly have an eye and mind for fantasy. I can’t explain what your photography and words do to me. I feel transported. Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent.

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    1. I so appreciate such a kind and wonderful comment!! I’m happy because that is what I hope!! You are welcome and -Thank you!!!

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      1. Embracing a Wounded Soul says:

        🙂 mission accomplished

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  10. Beautiful pictures (as usual), Cybele! Oh, and next time you’re planning a trip to Ireland and Scotland, don’t forget to tell me ahead of time so I can get ready to go with you! 😀 (yeh, dreaming again!)

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    1. the more the merrier as they say!! 🙂

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  11. Mélanie says:

    Belle et jolie Lune… I’m more than impressed by the beauty of your post… ❤ you're a genuine artist! btw, I love lighthouses… 🙂 you may have seen some @ my playground… 🙂 I often miss Vancouver and BC… HH = heartfelt hugs…
    * * *
    oh, my dilettante pix are really pale, no comparison to yours…

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    1. Yes the west coast is lovely as is the east coast!! I love your work!!! Merci beaucoup et bisous Melanie!!

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      1. Mélanie says:

        ❤ 🙂 ❤

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  12. Maria F. says:

    What beautiful place, and these images are so dreamy…

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    1. Many thanks Maria!! They are lovely walking places!! -with a camera!! 🙂

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  13. Oh I love the lighthouse photo – lighthouses are one of my passions and I adore the vintage feel of that one. Love the old house on the cove too!

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    1. thanks so much Andrea!! I love lighthouses too! Vancouver Island was called the graveyard of the Pacific because it had such a treacherous coast line until they lighthouses were built.

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  14. lauramacky says:

    I do a LOT with that filter. 🙂 Beautiful shots! I especially like the one with the biker stopped and the line in the road.

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    1. I just downloaded that filter after hearing about it!! It’s wonderful!! Thanks Laura. the Goose is a great trail- more civilized than the west coast trail! lol

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      1. lauramacky says:

        I love Nik. I have all their products. They grandfathered me into the entire suite since I had Nik Color and SEP for a long time. I’ve even downloaded additional textures for analog and imported them. You can even create your own and import them! Wait a sec….more civilized? Are you saying we are running amok over here? lol

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      2. lol!! that too and I like running amok!!! But comparing The Galloping Goose to the West Coast Trail hike my bro and his friends just did The Goose is like a highway!!:D Yes I’m learning more about the effect filters on Nik!

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  15. You did a great job with the antiquing effect on the first image – all the shots are good on your post (as always).

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    1. lots of fun with that one Robert!! The second is infra red with sepia!! Thanks so much!

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  16. Mark Simms says:

    Love the second shot…..gorgeous

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    1. thanks so much Mark!! I like that little path!!

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  17. Beautiful photos! I hope you have a wonderful time in Ireland and Scotland, and come back with lots of great photos.

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  18. aishasoasis says:

    I loge them all, as usual! Have a really great trip to Ireland and Scotland, Cybele, I dant wait to see those photos too! ♥♥♥ ;^)

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    1. thanks Aisha!! I will be taking lots- but I’m still on the island for the summer.

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      1. aishasoasis says:

        Oh, I’ll get to send you more bon voyages later, then! ♥♥♥ ;^)

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  19. They’re all absolutely beautiful! Love the vintage look, if i had to pick a favourite I’d go for Road to the point 🙂 perfect tone too!

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    1. yes that seems to be the pick!! Thanks Anica!!!

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  20. Rajiv says:

    These pictures look gorgeous. Spooky..

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    1. thanks Raj- spooky’s good!! 😀

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  21. Bastet says:

    Such fantastic photos make my heart sing and my muse spin! Would you mind if I used your first photo to write to? I of course will link your post giving full credit!

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    1. I am flattered Bastet!! Thank you and of course!! Any time!! I will look forward to the read!!

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      1. Bastet says:

        🙂 thanks so much!

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  22. Suzanne says:

    I really like this photo treatment. Have a great time in Ireland and Scotland. There are so many great photos to be taken in that part of the world. I’ll be heading that way myself about a month after you. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Suzanne!!! I agree with the photos yet to be taken!! Have you seen Ed Mooney’s ruins photos? Where are you heading in the fall?

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      1. Suzanne says:

        I’ll be going to Cork in Ireland and hopefully, Glastonbury in England. It will be a very short trip on a family matter. Whereabouts are you going? I must check out Ed Mooney’s site. Thanks for the tip. 🙂

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      2. I’ll be going to Cork as well!! And my favourite spot Wicklow and Glendalough. I’m going to the Hebrides in Scotland – breathtakingly wild!! and many other places. I missed Glastonbury as the tour got cancelled and I didn’t have enough time afterward- and would love to go there!! and to Cornwall!

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      3. Suzanne says:

        There are so many places to see in that part of the world. I’d love to visit Scotland but it all takes a lot of money. Enjoy your holiday. I’m sure your photos will be fabulous. I

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  23. ♡eM says:

    Oh, the news of your traveling to my ancestral grounds (Ireland) delights me!

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    1. It is wonderful!! 🙂 thanks Em

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  24. Fave pic, “Road to the Point”, gave your blog a share on G-Plus and on my FB page. very nicely done.

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    1. thanks so much Tim, I’ll head over to your blog as well!!

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