Orange pop

Soda bright on overcast days, theres’s nothing wrong with a little visual pick me up.

IMG_20180322_091336I wouldn’t want to overdose on orange (or overdose on anything), but when I was looking at photographs taken on our walks around the harbour at Ucluelet, clearly I enjoy a blast of brightness.

IMG_20180322_091433It’s easy to see why, as the floats add splashes of colour on a muted day, popping out against the green and grey. These are meant to be seen, and aren’t natural in colour – I wouldn’t want to eat or drink foodstuffs this colour – but it sure does stand out. I have a vivid orange camera float, ready for the day I drop it in the water. Perhaps I should should invest in some of the rain/fishing gear that comes in a similar orange, for when I go after the dropped camera. Perhaps I should not drop the camera.

My usual Albertan raisin dry skin has enjoyed the damp warmth of the coastal environment – I look years younger, like a guy in his 50s…

IMG_20180322_091135I know, you read these posts (thank you for that!) expecting interesting tales about almost wilderness adventures, and instead, there’s a tip for healthy skin – come to the coast! Click on the link at the bottom to go directly to

Here’s a little something sweet that happened on the docks last week.

“Am I in the next bit?”
Scout was exploring an interesting-smelling corner of a jetty, when a loud exhaling from the water startled her. A harbour seal emerged, looking very cute, and looking very intently at Scout. It swam a little closer, to within a couple of metres from where we stood, which was different – they normally pop up and pop off pretty sharpish when we’re spotted. IMG_20180322_091123We backed off a few metres, to give it some space, retreating down the dock, although Scout really wanted to make friends. The seal looked as if it was going to come up onto the dock, half out of the water, but then dropped back in. I was glad enough about that, because I don’t suppose dog-seal encounters are to be encouraged, and we’d have had to walk past to get back. (If only I’d had my camera with me – although I’d have probably dropped it in excitement, testing the orange float, and my willingness to put a hand into seal occupied waters…)

The lovely Tromso is still here!
A small post this week, about small happenings – but there’s always something happening, little bursts of colour and life, very refreshing, like coastal air on dry skin…

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

(If you scrolled down for the link to PlaidCamperBeauty, it doesn’t really exist, although we’re all beautiful on the inside!)


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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

10 thoughts on “Orange pop”

  1. Loved this trip to Ucluelet Harbor, pc. Loved the bright orange floats, the joke about dropping your camera, the fog and coastal lifestyle with the added beauty tip. And the tale about the harbor seal is truly wonderful — knowing what they usually do, seeing him pop up and checking Scout out. The moment of loud exhaling sounded enchanting. Thanks for taking us there with you–

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    1. Always happy to put up a beauty tip or two – I always look great (on the radio…)
      Whenever we’re here, I seem to spend increasing amounts of time on the various Ucluelet landings, for as long as Scout can take before dragging me away. This trip, we’ve seen so many seals and sea lions, and they are a delight each time!
      Thanks, Jet, and I hope you’ve had a pleasant spring weekend.

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  2. Hm-m-m, I would not have wanted to test a seal/dog encounter either. I see that Scout has mastered the art of finding a big stick…my dog friends look so proud as they strut their stuff with a big stick. Your descriptions make me want to come to the coast to saturate my Alberta-parched skin. I know what both extremes feel like and could use some relief. I like the photos with the split-compliments and couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to de-saturate all the colours except for orange. I used to do that with Lightroom occasionally. Regardless, I enjoy your posts and wish you and Mrs plaidcamper a great weekend.


    1. Thanks, Jane! I’m tempted to try the de-saturation you mention, just to see. That said, it was so rainy and grey this past week, I suspect the de-saturation is already there!
      I hope Alberta is beginning to warm up, although I saw it was snowing in many parts once again over the weekend – stay warm!


  3. Indeed, always something happening somewhere when we look around, a floating ball of orange, a warm sun, if we look hard enough. We, out here in the shivery winds and snows of Northeast America should be envious of the damp, enlivening air that you and yours are experiencing now. I suppose if I look hard enough around here, I might see some color, too. Nature says it’s coming but it doesn’t say when. Enjoy!


    1. Thanks, Walt! It has been easy to enjoy the rounds of sun and (this past week) heavy rain, making for a pleasant enough contrast to the snow many other parts are still experiencing.
      Hang in there, it has to warm up!


  4. Thank you for the “visual pick me up” and the laugh picturing Mrs. PC rescuing you and Scout from the water after a seal encounter. I’m glad the trip to the coast has you feeling a young 50.


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