The Finch And The Poppies

There's a huge empty lot in Victoria BC's Chinatown where a building once stood. After the building was taken down, weeds eventually overtook the place, and it remains protected by a big wire fence. One day, while I was walking through Chinatown, I peered through the gaps in … [Read more...]

The Significance of a Dahlia

I used to think dahlias were extremely insignificant flowers until I came across this intensely beautiful variety at the Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm last August. Now as I sit in the warmth of my home on a damp, windy December evening, this extremely significant dahlia … [Read more...]

Sunshine on a Stormy Day

The fabulous Beaux Arts Sun Tower, Vancouver, was built in 1912 by same architect that designed the famous Woodward’s building. In 1912 it was the tallest building in Canada until Toronto built a taller one 2 years later. In 1918 Harry Gardiner – the ‘Human Fly’ – scaled the … [Read more...]

Guardian Angel Makes A Stand

  I've lately become intensely aware of the number of teenagers that have committed suicide in the Comox Valley in the past few months - and not just the Comox Valley - it is happening everywhere. Bullying is happening right under our noses and the bullies are getting … [Read more...]

A Surprise from a Frog

  I took this shot while visiting the dahlia farm I go to every spring when the dahlias are in bloom (the owner has an amazing variety). IAfter taking a lot of photos, I returned to my car and realized my camera was on the wrong setting. I sheepishly explained to the … [Read more...]

Magical Encounter in the Morning Rain

  One rainy morning in early spring - after months of seemingly endless rain in the relentless West Coast Rain Forest - I walked out of my home and came across this majestic flower. The flower's gentle beauty touched my heart and soul because it appeared to be crying … [Read more...]

A Swan Triangle

  The Esquimalt Lagoon is one of the many beautiful places in Victoria that I go to take photos. The lagoon is home to an abundance of waterfowl - Depending on the time of year that you visit the lagoon you might spot Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Great … [Read more...]

Puerto Vallarta Sunset Serenade

Heather Hess captures music in the image   One day when I was working for a website in Puerto Vallarta taking photos of hotels and attractions for hours and hours. One evening as I was returning to the hotel after a day of intense shooting, I happened by this guy … [Read more...]

Life at Cool’s Pond, Vernon, B.C.

Heather Hess finds the bird   Everytime I visit Vernon, B.C. I head out to Cool's Pond. Cool's Pond is one of my favorite places to go when I want solitude - at the little pond I watch nature at it's best. The antics of turtles and frogs are fun but most of all I … [Read more...]

Graceful Waterlillies and Elegant Koa

Heather Hess, the monk and the fish   This photo was taken at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver's Chinatown. When I visited Vancouver I used to visit the Garden of Ease to find solace and tranquility and ponder on the mystery of life. The … [Read more...]

The Magical Carousel

Heather Hess goes round and round   I was visiting Seattle taking travel photos for a website I worked for and came across this ornate carousel on the waterfront near Pike Place Market. I admired it from afar for a while and then got on it - as I was circling it … [Read more...]

In Remembrance of a Peacock

Heather Hess remembers   I was in awe the first time I saw the lacey white feathers of this beautiful creature! I visited this gorgeous peacock for years. A couple of years ago, she damaged a foot and started to limp. She seemed very depressed. Her snowy white … [Read more...]