Landscapes

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.


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


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!


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


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.


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!


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.


Swimmer

SwimmerOne of my favourite places to photograph  on the north island is the Cluxewe River estuary.

Usually I see swans, Canada geese and a variety of ducks. however, on this trip I saw this deer paddling down the river.


Frosted Fire

Frosted FireI love clear cold winter days!

The morning sun back lighting the fern fronds made them look like flames jumping out of the “blue”


Frosted Gold

Frosted GoldI was driving the logging road that parallels the highway near the Cluxewe River and came upon this beautiful scene.

The banks of this creek were thick with frost which  accentuated the morning sun reflecting on the water.


Dieppe

Dieppe Sunset
Sun setting on the Dieppe chalk cliffs.


Green Cathedral

Palace of Versailles

Green Cathedral at Versailles

Ron and I walked through the gardens at Versailles.