Posts tagged “nature

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

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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.


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!


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.


“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?