Archive for May, 2011

I Believe in a Cure…

Today, Port McNeill hosted the North Island Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life.

I volunteered some of my day helping set up in the morning. Then in the evening with the help of another volunteer, we kept the coffee and hot chocolate coming  for the walkers. 

For me, one of the most emotional parts of the day is the memorial lap.  Everyone walks in silence around the track  thinking about someone they know and love who has battled cancer; some won the fight, some are still in the battle and sadly others have lost… It’s unfortunately rare to find someone who has not been affected by cancer in some way. For me, I lost my mom.

The track is lined with luminaries The luminaries  have been lovingly decorated to remember or support a loved one. Others have words of encouragement…

Relay for Life

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A Streak of Blue and Green

No, not the Vancouver Canucks hockey team winning their game last night… It’s a Stellar Jay flying across the garden.

Stellar Jay

I have been spreading a bit of bird seed in the garden this year because of the colder spring weather. The Jays come for breakfast and this one was flying to the laburnum tree in the garden.

I was trying to get a shot of the Jay in flight.  This isn’t what I was trying to achieve, but I like the result


Dirt Therapy

One of my favourite outdoor activities is gardening. I can spend hours puttering in the dirt… pulling weeds, moving plants, getting the ground ready for new plants. 

This weekend I planted my patio pots with marigolds, snapdragons and geraniums. 

snap dragons

  patio pots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the flower bed I planted my two favourite annuals, Cosmos and rocket snapdragons… you will have to stay tuned to see them as they are only 6 to 8 inches tall. Both plants will grow over 3 feet tall and make an impressive display!


The Bears are Awake!

Between Port McNeill and Port Hardy there  are areas along the highway where every spring  the black bears come to graze on a variety fresh grasses and other juicy greens.  You are almost guaranteed to see at least one bear as you drive the 45 kilometers between the two communities.

Black Bear

I photographed  this one (from the safety of my car) on my way back from Port Hardy this evening.


Hurry up and Wait!

Do you know a better way to describe waiting for a BC Ferry?

Last Friday my husband and I travelled to Vancouver for some personal appointments.  We planned on returning to Vancouver Island on the 5:00 pm ferry, however that wasn’t to be.

waiting for the ferry

Disappointment quickly changed to pleasure. Now I had the opportunity to capture some of the activity on a sunny afternoon in Horseshoe Bay.

Looking for  meal

Music in the Park

Pretty Chocolate Tulips

Sunny Afternoon in the Park


mmmmm…

 

Latte Perfection

…. Latte!  What more can I say!


Driftwood Sculpture

 

Driftwood Sculpture

I love walking along an ocean beach…There is always something new washed ashore during high tides.   It’s kind of like the now famous line from the movie Forrest Gump: …”Life is like a box of chocolates…” 

The winter storms throw huge logs and stumps high up on the beach, leaving them stranded.  Over time, the elements change their appearance, sluffing off the bark, softening rough edges and exposing the beautiful swirls and textures of the wood… Mother Nature’s Sculptures.