Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park on a frosty December morning.
Tomorrow will be the start of Advent in the Western Christian tradition. That means you can start taking the chocolates out of the Advent calendar, and you can begin putting up Christmas decorations. Some of us use a different tradition and start putting up decorations as soon as Hallowe’en is over, which explains why some […]
View from Yellow Point Lodge, Yellow Point, BC
We took the long way home from our hike on Monday to drop by Yellow Point Lodge. It is in a perfect location to enjoy the ocean views from an isolated location within a forest. We did not visit the lodge itself, but we did enjoy the view.
The Fog Lifts
This is for everyone who has experienced brain fog with Covid-19. Eventually, the fog lifts.
Roberts Memorial Provincial Park
Roberts Memorial Provincial Park is in Yellow Point, British Columbia. It is a lovely short hike through ancient trees and abundant ferns to the coast where there is a view of Ruxton Island and Valdes Island. We also saw a sea lion and a loon that were happily ignoring each other and us.
Don’t Tell Me I’ve Nothing To Do
It just occurred to me that I like having lots of different things on the go at the same time. Sometimes I can do something like crocheting or writing for an hour, and sometimes I can do it for four hours. At the same time, though, in between times I have other activities that keep […]
Nothing Gold Can Stay*
The weather forecast is for snow tonight, so before the leaves are all blown away or covered up, here are today’s colours. *Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost Nature’s first green is gold,Her hardest hue to hold.Her early leaf’s a flower;But only so an hour.Then leaf subsides to leaf.So Eden sank to grief,So dawn […]
Clinging To A Cloud
Yesterday afternoon, after the heavy rainfall and before the strong winds came through, there was mist.
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Today I went with two newcomer friends to this wonderful park. It has the best of everything; beach, ocean waves, enormous old-growth trees, bright ferns, geese, ducks, and even a seal sighting. The trails are very accessible with wide flat paths and there are several lookout spots with information on the land, sea, and wildlife. […]
Here are some of the many shorebirds that I see when I walk along the harbourfront in Nanaimo. In these photos are gulls, crows, and some birds that I think may be either plovers or killdeers. I will appreciate identification from any birders who see this. They are always a delight to watch and surprisingly […]
How To Open Shellfish
All along the beach at Nanaimo are the broken shells of shellfish. The gulls and other shorebirds have figured out that the rocks are a great place to smash open these little calcium carbonate structures in order to feed on the inhabitants If you have seen The Lion King, you know all about the circle […]
After I read about a magnificent sculpture of a humpback whale made of driftwood, I was inspired to go out and take a few pictures of driftwood on the beach near me. There is a surprisingly wide variety of types of wood and textures, and some pieces look as though they have lived a very […]
Today it is raining and the rain is adding vibrancy to the fall colours. This morning I stepped out to mail a letter and noticed how lovely the garden wall looked. In case you were wondering, I don’t use those stairs because there is an elevator to get me to and from the ground floor […]
Beach, sand, gulls, surfers, colourful cottages, ukulele musicians, family, and very friendly people. This is the California of my imagination. We sang along with golden oldies for over an hour and my sister danced with the beat. Then we enjoyed a lunch overlooking the picturesque cottages and a pond filled with a gazillion gulls and […]
Pfeiffer Beach at Big Sur, California
There is a very narrow and winding road down to this beach in California. If two vehicles need to pass each other, one of them has to back up to one of the occasional passing spaces. The beach is famous for the holes in the rocks that sometimes line up with the sun. Some determined […]
Misty Moisty Morning
Yesterday morning there was a fog that obscured the view. When I went for a walk at about 9:00 I saw that the mist was just beginning to lift. I also saw, for the first time, not one but two Great Blue Herons. They were too far apart from each other to get a picture […]
Neck Point Park, Nanaimo
I have joined a group that takes an easy hike (4 km or less) once a week. So far they have introduced me to three different parks, all within the city of Nanaimo. Today we went to Neck Point Park which is described on the city’s website as follows: “Neck Point is a destination waterfront […]