Friday, December 9, 2016

Sunrise in B.C.

Sunrise in Trincomali Channel, taken from the ferry running between Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island and Tsawwassen on mainland British Columbia

 while in another part of the sky, the moon was clearly reluctant to leave !


Thankfully we didn't need to use this craft !

Passing scenery
Joining in the fun at Skywatch Friday
with thanks to Yogi and the team.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Filberg Park

Within Comox British Columbia lies Filberg Park, comprising nine acres of landscaped waterfront green space, gardens and heritage buildings. It features 130 varieties of trees, seasonal gardens, and hundreds of rhododendrons. At the heart of the site is the 1930’s heritage lodge, the former home of local pioneers Robert and Florence Filberg.
It was quite a warm day when I came upon it and decided to explore further ....

(perhaps just as well for my waist-line!) 

The park is used by the community for weddings, picnics, music events etc. and I can see why - it is a delightful area for gatherings.
Linking up with Our World Tuesday
(and thanks again to the hosting team)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Colours galore

The glorious Fall colours were a constant sight to behold, with an abundance of "Wow" moments.
Following are some shots taken in and around Whistler

With gratitude to the hosts of Skywatch Friday
for enabling us to participate and share in the world's beauty

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Canada Geese

On the journey towards Williams Lake in Mainland BC we travelled through scenery that was vastly different from that on Vancouver Island. During a brief stop I spotted these Canada Geese in a nearby field

. . . and was captivated by this marvellous, decorative fencing

Joining fellow bird lovers at Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday

Monday, November 28, 2016


One exciting adventure during the trip to British Columbia was a drive up through Whistler to Williams Lake and across to Tweedsmuir Park.
My friend and host was keen to show me the grizzly bears catching salmon at
Bella Coola out west (which she had experienced a few weeks earlier), but within about 30kms of that location it began snowing as we entered the Heckman Pass. Snow tyres didn't offer the required safety connection with the road as snow chains (which we didn't have), so sadly we had to abort our trip.  But what thrilling scenery along the way!
These shots were taken 5 weeks ago - Christmas came early !!

The outside temperature a bit earlier - according to the car's reading - was 0 degrees C.

Sharing another adventure with Our World Tuesday
(and once again a big thank you to the hosts who enable us to participate)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Paradise Meadows

Beautiful Paradise Meadows (so aptly named!) within Strathcona Provincial Park
on Vancouver Island

Linking up with Weekend Reflection
(thank you James for hosting)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Ferry crossing

This was the peaceful view from the ferry between Denman & Hornby Islands which are located between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia

It was a glorious day with temperatures again in the high teens - low 20s;
just perfect for the hour's walk around Helliwell Provincial Park on Hornby Island.
Joining in the fun at Skywatch Friday
with grateful thanks to the hosts

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fraser River

Fast-forwarding to the last week of my trip to Vancouver Island - a good friend wanted to show me parts of mainland British Columbia, so we headed off for a 3 day adventure that took us from Vancouver up through Whistler, Lillooet, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and west to the Heckman Pass in Tweedsmuir Park.  (I'll cover some of that journey in a later post, but today's post incorporates images taken on the return journey through the Chilcotin region)

 The Fraser River

It was an extraordinary journey and the scenery so vastly different from that of Vancouver Island.
Joining in with Our World Tuesday (albeit a day late!)
Many thanks to our hosts.

Friday, November 18, 2016


The magnificent Bald Eagles seemed very elusive during my stay on the Island, but I managed to capture these two and - with my crazy sense of humour - imagined a wide variety of "conversations" going on!
 Bird on left - "I tell you I saw it with my own eyes "
Bird on right - "Mmm - we'd better get your eyesight checked!"
(These pics probably more appropriately belong in the Wild Bird Wednesday meme
but I've already posted there this week and these shots do have sky I them!)
Linking up with Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Paradise Meadows

One of my day trips included a visit to Paradise Meadows
within Strathcona Provincial Park, where I had the undeniable pleasure
of having "Whisky Jacks" (Gray Jays) eat from my hand.

Some scenery en route

The wonderful foliage

A residence adjacent to the Park's information office

A number of boardwalks have sensibly been constructed around the Park
to encourage conservation of the natural groundcovers -
this one was part of the Centennial Trail

Some of that vegetation and funghi

Yet again I found myself sighing deeply with appreciation for the
magnificent surroundings.  This was one of the shorter walks (the guide said it would take about 3/4 hour, but it took me twice that time because I kept stopping to take pictures!) -
and I really did have intentions of going back to try some of the longer walks, but . . .
oh well - next time!
Joining in the fun at  Wild Bird Wednesday
(thank you Stewart!)

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