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My long, snowy walk took me through Beacon Hill Park. I wandered along all the paths beside the ponds, until I began to feel the cold.

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View of the Legislature Buildings on my way to the park.

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Entering Beacon Hill Park from Douglas Street. The Garry Oak meadow is an outline of lacy texture against the snow sky.

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View to the stone bridge. I love the subtle shades of green, yellow and blue amongst the grey and white.

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Autumn leaves which never fell.

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A small iron bridge over a tiny stream.

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Walking back home to Chinatown in the snowy dusk light. The trees which line Government Street are now illuminated with red and pink lights for Valentine’s Day.

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I love our neighbourhood! Chinatown, the oldest in Canada and second oldest in North America, is beautiful and magical – and never more so than with snow! After hanging out with our visiting family, I spent the afternoon walking in a sparkling blizzard.

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We had a few lovely days of snow last week, a rarity for February on the Canadian west coast. Monday was the best day. We spent the morning with family who were visiting from up island.

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Breakfast at Mo:Lé, watching the snow.

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Such a pretty pup! Lovely Lana.

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Still life with snow.

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All snow smiles for M, her pup Lana, and Uncle GJ!

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M builds a tiny snow person.

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Another perfect autumn day, this time for a bicycle ride. We are so fortunate to have a wonderful cycling trail system. I took the Galloping Goose trail out of town, and then turned onto the Lochside Trail heading north. About 20 minutes out, I turned right onto the Blenkinsop Greenway which took me to Blenkinsop Road and my shopping destination, The Rootcellar. It was a crisp and cold day, but bright, and so very autumnal.

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Heading home along the Blenkinsop Greenway. There is farmland on either side of this section of the trail.

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Many starlings.

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From the trestle bridge approaching Swan Lake.

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Swan Lake in Saanich.

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Another view of Swan Lake through copper-coloured leaves.

I’ve been working on a new series of neck pieces lately. Here are the first few…

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A lovely warm day last week enticed us out for a long walk. We just took our usual route along the harbour and waterfront, and through Beacon Hill Park – plus coffee with a friend. A perfect autumn day.

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We were on the walkway along Dallas Road, very near Odgen Point, when we saw a small crowd watching something in the water below. The tide was high, so conditions were perfect for this pair of harbour seals (adult and juvenile) to feed on a school of tiny fish they had boxed in against the wall of the road/walkway. The younger one seemed to get bored once in a while and dart out to sea before coming back to help with the hunt. Perhaps it was actually rounding up escapees!

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Bobbing upside down to watch the prey and decide her next move…

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A beautiful bald eagle sits atop the Totem Pole in Beacon Hill Park. Once the tallest in the world, this majestic pole was restored in 2011. Read more here.

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Bright colour, dark sky – Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC.

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A yellowing ginkgo tree at the edge of a reflecting pond in Beacon Hill Park.

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Coffee, cappuccino, and hot chocolate while sitting outside in the sun at the new location of Discovery Coffee.

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Back home to Chinatown underneath this beautiful sky.