Photos of readers

Send your photos, in please (2 max); I have a decent number but there are a lot of subscribers.

Today’s reader is Loren Parfitt from Vancouver, and his notes are indented (cat photo is lagniappe):

I have been following your blog since 2014.  I am an atheist, likely for my whole life (haha I cant remember all the way back).  I love cats and kiteboarding.  I live in Squamish, BC Canada, which is a small town north of Vancouver.  It is a pretty amazing spot surrounded by nature.  We regularly see bears, eagles, seals and sea lions.  This year I had the pleasure to see a couple of Orcas while on the water kiting!  It was a little nerve-racking but an incredible experience.

Here is a picture from the King of the Air competition that I went to in Cape Town in February.  It was an incredible event in a beautiful spot. [JAC: Loren is in foreground; it’s a selfie]

Here is a picture of me kiting at the Squamish spit,  an old river training dyke that we use as our launching spot for the Squamish Windsports Society.  As you can see the spot is surrounded by mountains, which makes for a gorgeous backdrop.  Because the ocean temperature is colder than the land in the summer, we get wind almost every day.  The chief (granite monolith to the right in the picture below) and another mountain range to the left (which you can’t see) create a Venturi effect that guarantees strong winds most sunny days.
I kite every day I can in the summer time, so I end up spending a lot of my time at this spot.
PS Here is my cat Goku.  He is a silver tabby that I got from the SPCA in 2012. [JAC: Look at that fur!]



  1. Jenny Haniver
    Posted September 21, 2019 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Gosh, what a gorgeous part of the world you live in and what a gorgeous kitty Goku is.

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted September 21, 2019 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I misread “kiting” as “knitting”

    Nice entry

  3. Saul Sorrell-Till
    Posted September 21, 2019 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Why does that feather duster have a face?

    • Blue
      Posted September 21, 2019 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

      ! T R U T H, Mr Sorrell – Till / Mr Parfitt !

      Darling pix … … all three !


    • Heather Hastie
      Posted September 21, 2019 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

      Ha! Good spotting, Saul!

      Beautiful cat, and great pics and story. Thanks Loren. 🙂

  4. Janet
    Posted September 21, 2019 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Wow, kiting above orcas – now that would be an adrenaline rush. Wonder what the orcas were thinking…

  5. rickflick
    Posted September 21, 2019 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Ah…to be young and able to fly in this way. Kiting sounds fun. BC sounds fun too.

  6. merilee
    Posted September 21, 2019 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Greetings, Loren, from Pemberton, where I am currently visiting my son and family. Spectacular part of the world (and bald eagle capital.)

    • LorenP
      Posted September 21, 2019 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      Hi Merilee,

      Pemberton is a beautiful spot too. Specially love Mt Curry. I actually live in Brackendale so very close to the main eagle viewing area. Have a great time on your visit

      • merilee
        Posted September 22, 2019 at 10:08 am | Permalink

        THanks, Loren. My daughter-in-law’s best friend lives in Brackendale, so I have been there for dinner. We almost adopted a Mt. Curry special (dog) a couple of years ago. Were at North Arm Farm yesterday, near Mt, C. Hoping the rain’s going to hold off a bit this week…

  7. Michael Fisher
    Posted September 21, 2019 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Goku from planet vegeta? Kiting & kittening = good life Loren.

    • LorenP
      Posted September 22, 2019 at 10:50 am | Permalink

      He still hasnt gone Super Saiyan 🙂

  8. Mark R.
    Posted September 22, 2019 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Now that looks like a fun sport. Intense yet probably a lot safer than other types of “flying” sports since you get to land in water if there’s a mistake.

  9. Posted September 23, 2019 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Always nice to see BC! (My father is from out there and I lived in Vancouver for 2 years 20 years ago. Wow, how time flies …)

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