Monday, June 30, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
here. - Fern
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Bachelor's Buttons (Centaurea cyanus), not a native plant but one that has naturalized itself so successfully that it seems like it belongs here. I always like to see their bright blue flower heads because they remind me of my mother who taught me their name when I was a small boy. In the above photo we are looking westward from the summit of Highrock Park with Metchosin and the Sooke Hills in the distance.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana), searching for his buggy lunch in crevices in the bark.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
|June 21 has been celebrated in Canada as National Aboriginal Day since 1996. Here in Victoria celebrations spread over several days took place this year on the grounds of the Royal BC Museum and on Ship Point Pier adjacent to the Inner Harbour Causeway. Above is one of the singers from the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation. On the left are a couple of elders from the Squamish Nation and some of their dancers performing a Wolf Dance on the right. The weather was great and many people turned out to get a taste of aboriginal life and culture.|
Monday, June 23, 2014
Eastern Cottontail Rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus), a species that is not native to this area but was introduced in 1964. As well as upsetting the local ecological balance in other ways it seems that this species' browsing habits are a threat to Garry Oak Ecosystems, a distinctive feature of this area.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
HERE. This photo was taken barely an hour ago so you can see what kind of a day we are having here today. Hope yours is as nice.
Friday, June 20, 2014
|While I was waiting for the Anna's Hummingbird to check in yesterday our yard was visited by a whole flock of these little Bushtits (Psaltriparus minimus). Next to hummingbirds these are North America's smallest birds. The one pictured above is marked as a female by her striking light-colored eye. On the left is a male who seems to be showing off for a female. I don't know what these Bushtits were finding to eat on the pine branches but they worked them over pretty thoroughly before they moved on.|
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna), appearing in the photo above. Birding out in the forest makes a great day's excursion but birding in the back yard has its pleasures too - I can relax in a lawn chair with a cup of coffee and some cookies while waiting for the birds to come calling.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Tiger Lily, Lilium columbianum. Although it's often seen in gardens it is a bona fide indigenous wild flower and the one pictured above is growing in Highrock Park.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
If any of the skateboarders pictured here would like copies of their photos or would like to be identified in the text, please let me know. I will be happy to give you credit and/or a free print of your photo. I regret that I did not note the names of the skaters during the competition. My e-mail address is in the sidebar to the right.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Author's note: as some of you know Benjamin is my own dear Dad and if you follow this blog at all you know a little bit about what a great guy he is. Thank you Dad for being a constant source of inspiration; I am truly lucky to have you in my life. xoxo
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Harvest Brodiaea. The above-ground parts of the plant wither by the time it blooms so all one sees are these little flowers floating above the dry grass. These were photographed a few days ago in Highrock Park.
Friday, June 13, 2014
|Crowds came to Willows Beach on the weekend for the Oak Bay Tea Party, the midway rides and the junk food. Some people even came to drink tea. But many just came down to sit on the beach and do those beachy things, like...dig. I figure the Bald Eagle on the right showed up to take part in the air show but since he was snubbed, he flew elsewhere. As for junk food, there was lots of pink candy floss and burgers, hot dogs and chips of every description, but there was some other good stuff too - I had a vegan tofu wrap from the purveyor below that was as delicious as it was nutritious.|
Thursday, June 12, 2014
|The Oak Bay Tea Party takes place over the whole weekend so I went down to Willows Beach on Sunday to look at some of the events. There is bathtub racing, lots of midway rides, and an air show.|
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
|I spent Saturday morning enjoying the Oak Bay Tea Party Parade then I rode over to the tranquility of the Abkhazi Garden for lunch and a stroll. It's a lush garden that currently is hosting a number of wooden sculptures by Michael Dennis from a collection called "The Muses". One of these striking sculptures is pictured on the left.|
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Mosaic Jazz Duo (or Trio if their drummer is there) and I enjoyed about a half hour of their music on Wednesday afternoon. On the left above is Oscar Kempe and on the right, Noah Monckton. It's very accessible jazz, very smooth and interesting. If you're down on the Inner Harbour Causeway this summer stop and listen. Once you tune in to what they are doing you will not be disappointed. Classy! The video below, courtesy of Dave Harris, will give you some idea of their sound.