Exploring San Josef Bay

There are many areas of Vancouver Island that I’ve explored, but far more that I haven’t, yet.  Most of my exploration has been near the southern end of the island, but my trip to San Josef Bay, in Cape Scott Provincial Park, took me to the far northern end and was quite an adventure.

menacing dark grey clouds and misty rain over the treed slopes of Cape Scott Provincial Park

Angry clouds hang over San Josef Bay beach

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Exploring the Olympic Peninsula

The Olympic Peninsula (and Olympic National Park) is just a short ferry ride across the Straight of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, and somewhere I’ve been meaning to visit for years.  I’m glad that I finally did!

US flag waves on back of ferry across the Jaun de Fuca straight

Victoria recedes in the distance as MV Coho departs for Port Washington

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A day by the sea

While things have been busy lately, I did manage to get out with my camera recently and make some photos at a couple nearby spots.  First I was by Esquimalt Lagoon, in Colwood, where there were plenty of ducks and seagulls.

ducks and seagulls on the water

The lagoon is a favourite resting place for many birds

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Canada Day with the Dogs!

It’s been a little longer than usual between posts, but I’m back with a quick one here on Canada Day.  Today was Canada’s 148th birthday and falling on a Wednesday, it nicely broke up the work week.  Instead of making big plans I took the day to relax and watch some of the celebrations across the country on TV (which is something that has only been turned on a handful of times since the beginning of the year).

After that, I took the dogs down to the ocean for a swim and to cool off in the 25C heat.

A Favourite Waterside Activity

A Favourite Waterside Activity

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Time Changes Everything

One thing is certain… no matter what else is happening, time goes on.  And with it, things change.  Some so slowly it’s almost imperceptible, while other things so quickly it seems if you blink you might miss them.  Somewhere between the extremes is the changes that take place in autumn.  Slowly the leaves start to change colour, at least on certain types of trees and other plants.  Then they begin to fall cover the ground like a colourful carpet.  Around here the rain starts to become more frequent and the rivers and creeks start to flow more swiftly.  In some cases they go from being almost totally dry stream beds to rushing flows of water.

Ayum Creek is little more than a dry stream bed dotted with a few puddles in Late September

Ayum Creek is little more than a dry stream bed dotted with a few puddles in Late September

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