February 27, 2013

Womens Walking Group

At the duck pond

The walkers and a carving

Two friendly ponies

Sheep in a meadow

 Ladies, eleven of us did very well at 4.9 miles in some very strong
gusts of winds ! We began at the church and circled to the Baytown
Restaurant for coffee and back.Thanks to our drivers Celine and
Dianne.Cliff has spoken to the C.E.O. and Pro at the Cowichan Golf
Course and we will be walking on the back nine of the course before
most of the golfers arrive.Meet at the Legion at 9:30 am. sharp. I will
then have more information on the walk and where we will have our
lunch.  V.M.
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February 26, 2013

YSAG Men's Walking group

It was quite windy on our walk yesterday. Forunetly no trees landed on us.

February 25, 2013

Some shots from our "Last Spike Hike".

What kind of fungi is this?

The Gang.

Self explanatory.

Huge rock - how did it get here?

The "Last Spike" is starting to tarnish.

"Last Spike" cairn.


Recent woodcarving activities.  We meet every Friday from 9AM til Noon.  Join us.

Our new honing machine - polishes up blade edges for a sharper,smoother cut.

Discussing carving techniques.

Touching up the blade edge.

Hollowing out a bowl.

That tool works much better now.
Carving lettering on a sign.

Carved ship in a bottle - see note below.

Notice background details.
This "Ship in a bottle" was passed on to Harry from Buzz Fraser who was an original member of  YSAG and the woodcarving group.

February 24, 2013

YSAG Computer/Photography Grp

Hello YSAG Photographers,
For next Tuesday's meeting on Photography we will go to school. The topic of our Class session will be: 'Colour Perception'. The source of this session comes from Cambridge in Colour which is a Website with some excellent tutorials. We will follow this: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/color-perception.htm Check it out if you have the time.
We will of course also look at pictures that you have taken recently and want to share with the group. I listened to a presentation about Lightroom and am more convinced then ever that it just does so much more then the free programs like Picasa can offer that it worth paying out some money to get it.
Any questions about our blog or anything concerning photography - bring it on!
Meeting time Tuesday, February 26 at 10:30 am.
Here are 2 pictures I took on Saturday.
Oyster Catchers

A photgenic Crow

February 19, 2013

Womens Walking Group

Some lively steppers

Mountain landscape at Mt. Washington

Barrow's Goldeneye

Thanks to Joan for the pictures and information for this weeks walk.
The group started out in a bit of a drizzle but all the umbrellas were
put away before the the 5K walk was done.Eleven went on to Serious
Coffee for coffee and a slice. Next week monday the 25th.the plan
is to walk near St Johns church.Meet at the Legion at 10am.  V.M.

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February 18, 2013

Men's Walking Group

Photos from our Feb. 18 walk.

Track & Trestle inspection crew - deemed safe - for walking.

CVRD Trail - ecologically friendly.

Some ups and downs though -

along with the good.

Big Leaf  "Maple syrple" harvest - supposed to be thicker and stronger flavour than Sugar maple.

Mallard male and mate.

February 12, 2013

Womens Walking Group

Thanks to Wendy's invitation, 12 walkers visited the Peerless
Alpaca Farm.We learned alpacas are sheared in May each
year.The llamas are sheared only at the midriff.The wool is
then sent to a mill.Contrary to belief,llamas do not spit at
people.Llamas are also used for pet therapy.With seats
removed from a van,the llamas will enter by the side doors
and sit on the floor for the ride to the different nursing homes.
Next monday the 18th.we will walk to the Mill Bay ferry.
Leaving the Legion at 10am.    V.M.

February 11, 2013

Womens Walking group

A visit to the Peerless Alpaca Farm
Photos by Joan,Lloyd,and Vera

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Men's walking group

Hay these guy's don't look like they have just walked 10 k. Good picture and good walk today, Great weather for walking. Tks for driving Mike, and tks for the pictures. Next week we can check out the tracks from Massons north. okay?? C.U. Then.
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February 9, 2013

Computer/Photography Group

Shawnigan Lake in January
Hello All YSAG Photographers,
The partial agenda for the photography group meeting on February12 at 10:30am will include details on how four CVCC judges chose 10 pictures out of 32 that were submitted to go to the North Shore Photography Challenge.
This competition is organized by the North Shore Photography Society. Camera clubs in the province are invited to submit 10 of their best pictures. This is a high level competition and the quality of pictures in past years has been very high.
We will of course include time for any topics or questions that you may have about photography.
Above is a picture that did not go to the NSPS competition.

February 5, 2013

Womens Walking Group

At the end of the trail before starting back
Some Mallards swim by

Eleven walkers went through the Cowichan estuary where we saw many birds,
one which we haven't identified yet. There was also a good view of the Butter
Church. Lunch was enjoyed at the Cow Cafe in Cowichan Bay. Next monday
the 11th we walk from the Legion to the Peerless Alpaca Farm where eleven
alpacas and three llamas live. Wendy also lives there and will answer our
questions and let us see the animals up close. Suggestions for walks are 
always welcome. Meet at the Legion at 10am.    V.M.
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February 4, 2013

Men's Walking Group

We walked around local trails today including through our local cemetery and saw this beautiful carved bench. There is no plaque or carver information on it. Does anyone know the details of this work of art?
This carved bench is in our local cemetery
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Men's Walking Group

Nice sign.
Pics from todays walk.

Neat planter.


Overlooking  Shawnigan Lake.