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.
View of the Legislature Buildings on my way to the park.
Entering Beacon Hill Park from Douglas Street. The Garry Oak meadow is an outline of lacy texture against the snow sky.
View to the stone bridge. I love the subtle shades of green, yellow and blue amongst the grey and white.
Autumn leaves which never fell.
A small iron bridge over a tiny stream.
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.
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.
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.
Breakfast at Mo:Lé, watching the snow.
Such a pretty pup! Lovely Lana.
Still life with snow.
All snow smiles for M, her pup Lana, and Uncle GJ!
M builds a tiny snow person.
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.
Heading home along the Blenkinsop Greenway. There is farmland on either side of this section of the trail.
From the trestle bridge approaching Swan Lake.
Swan Lake in Saanich.
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…
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.
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!
Bobbing upside down to watch the prey and decide her next move…
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.
A yellowing ginkgo tree at the edge of a reflecting pond in Beacon Hill Park.
Coffee, cappuccino, and hot chocolate while sitting outside in the sun at the new location of Discovery Coffee.
Back home to Chinatown underneath this beautiful sky.