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Nimpkish Lake on Vancouver Island

NimpkishLk_Apr2013Here’s a photo I took of Nimpkish Lake on Sunday. It was a bright beautiful morning where the lake shone like glass. Surprisingly, this lake is often used for windsurfing.

It was featured on Weather Window on Global TV on Monday evening.


VWs and Daisies

Don’t you just love the  sound of an older model VW van or bug makes? Anytime I see one I smile.

Orange Poptop

Happy Groom

I didn’t see the bride but I imagined  she carried a bouquet of daisies. To me, VWs and Daisies go together.

Field of Daisies


Little Carrots

I’m so excited! My second crop of radishes are ready and the little carrots are ready to pull! 

I remember my grandparents vegetable garden; it seemed to take up their whole back yard. Rows of corn, potatoes, pole beans, onions and carrots!  

Grandpa would take my brothers and I out to the garden to “help” gather some veggies to take home.  It was like magic to us that growing under the feathery green tops were delicious crisp little carrots.  Grandpa would pull 3 or 4 for each of us and rinse them off at the garden hose. We would eagerly gobble them down asking for more! 

Funny, Mom had a hard time getting us kids to eat our carrots at the dinner table; I guess they tasted way better right out of the ground seasoned with a bit of dirt.

Little Carrots


Jazz’s Photo Shoot

Jazz for the most part is camera shy, however this past Friday he didn’t seem to mind.  I think that’s because he didn’t want to leave his cool shady spot. 🙂

    

From the Garden

From the GardenRemember my post in June about planting a few vegetables in the garden this year?

Well, It’s been just over a month since I planted the tiny seeds and already I’ve been rewarded with fresh radishes and lettuce! 

Patio Garden

It’s very easy to grow vegetables… even in the rain!

carrots under plastic

It’ll be awhile before the carrots are ready to pull.


30 Day Photo Challenge

30-Day Challenge Day 3: Clouds

It has been far too long since I last posted on my blog! 

For the month of June I participated in a Flickr “Photo-a-Day” challenge hosted by White Peach Photography.  My good friend Meesh suggested we take the challenge.  I’m glad she did – it was certainly challenging… and lots of fun!  Thanks Meesh! 🙂

Here is the link to my 30 Photos.

So, now that I’ve completed that challenge… it’s on to the next! Do you want to know what it is?


Keeping A Promise Made…

April 22, 2011 was Earth Day.   My sister-in-law, who happens to be one of my very best  friends, wrote an inspirational article in her blog sharing ideas to help live a “Greener” way.

I made a commitment to plant vegetables in my garden this year and I’ve finally been able to keep my promise. 

Last Sunday I planted  lettuce,  radishes and  carrots in patio planters.

Planting Veggies

After a week, the lettuce and radishes have started to sprout!   Aren’t they the cutest little radishes?!  Little Radishes


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


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.


Shack Island, Nanaimo BC

Shack Island Sunrise

Growing up,  Piper’s Lagoon Park was often a family favourite destination to explore. 

In the late fall and into early spring, we’d pick oysters at the mouth of the lagoon. My brothers and I scrambling over the rocks gathering as many oysters as we could carry and take them over to Dad to shuck.

While Dad was busy with the oysters, we’d turn over the rocks looking for snails, crabs and blenny eels. In the tide pools, we would poke the sea cumbers and watch them expand like magic… fun times growing up  🙂  

Shack Island is at the mouth of the lagoon.  I’m not entirely certain, but I beleive the little cabins were built by Japenese fisherman who lived in the Nanaimo area back at the turn of the last century. 

Back then there were no roads out to the lagoon, and by rowboat it would be a long journey to get to the best fishing spot early in the a day.  So, to maximize time for fishing, the Japenese built the little cabins as a place to stay.

Today, the little cabins are used for summer vacation residents and have been passed down from one family to the next.


Photo Impressionism – Spirit Trees

Photo Impressionism - White Alders

A friend of mine participated in a photography workshop this past January to learn some new techniques; something to spark the imagination.

In one of his photos, the trees looked like ghostly shadows jumping up and down.  I liked the effect and knew exactly where to find the perfect grove of trees to give it a try.

Let me know what you think!


Perfect ending…

 

Cluxewe Sunset

… for a beautiful day!


Okay, seriously, Spring must be here!

Skunk Cabbage

Not everyone likes skunk cabbage, but you have to admit they do brighten up an otherwise drab swamp in the spring.  Look at those bright yellow flowers and the huge leaves. I’d even go as far as to say they’re exotic!


Spring is Coming… I’m sure it is!

 Pacific Tree Frog

I can hear them; little green harbingers of spring!  To me, a chorus of frogs croaking  is one of the happiest sounds of spring. 

I saw this little cutie a few years ago sunning itself on a big hosta leaf by my fish pond.


For Eternity

For Eternity

I don’t know who took the time to carve this into the log, I suppose it really doesn’t matter to anyone except for the two people it is meant. 

Was it love at first sight? A promise to be together?  A proposal? Who knows. 

Whatever their story, we can make up our own.


Photo Phog

Pink ExplosionIf writer’s suffer from Writer’s Block , what is it called if a photographer suffers from something similar… Photo Phog?

Whatever it’s called, I found myself having difficulty finding inspiration, until last Sunday. 

I bought a beautiful bouquet of tulips… my favourite spring flower.  They were the colour of bubble gum, bright pink!

With my camera on a tripod and using a long exposure, I carefully manipulated the zoom lens in and out while the shutter was open creating a Pink Explosion and the end of my Photo Phog!


Sointula Dog

Sointula DogWhile waiting for the ferry in Sointula, this little guy was looking for someone to play with.

Who could say no to such a cute face?

I had fun and so did he!


“Sealed” with a Kiss

My husband and I are usually in a hurry to get home  after a weekend away, and therfore we usually drive theVancouver Island inland highway; a faster yet boring route.  However, it was a nice day so we decided to take the slower yet more scenic route along the water.

As we were passing through Fanny Bay, we could see the Stellar sea lions had hauled themselves out of the water and onto some log booms and floats in the bay.  

These two were having what seemed to be a lover’s quarrel; lots of barking and snarling.  However, it appeared to be over as quickly as it started. Isn’t it amazing what one kiss will do?


Waterlily

The late afternoon light was reflecting off the house creating a soft  halo of light on the lily.