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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.

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