A New Place and an Old Favourite

I recently learned of another park nearby; the Blinkhorn Nature Park, which has a wooded trail surrounding a small lake and today was the perfect day to check it out.  For most of the way around the lake, the trail was far enough away that you could only catch the odd glimpse of the water through the trees.  There was one nice approach to the lake that offered an interesting view, though.

a mirror image photograph of Blinkhorn lake, partially covered in ice

Looking across Blinkhorn Lake

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Birds at Lannan Flats

Just over a five minute drive from home, I “discovered” a great new location for photography.  Maybe not so much discovered it as realized what has been right under my nose for ages.  The Sooke Region Historical Society describes the Lannan Flats area on a local historical marker as such:  “The Lannan family farmed hundreds of acres along the shores of Sooke basin in the early 1900’s.  In summer community picnics and horse racing took place on these salt flats.  Earlier, in 1864, Ash’s Landing, east of Lannan Creek, was the starting point of the government trail leading to the Leech River gold rush site”.  It’s a little early for summer picnics and I don’t think the area has seen horse racing in decades, but it is still a great spot to get down to the relatively sheltered waters in the Sooke basin and take some photos.

Boats in the Sooke Basin

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