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Thursday, March 31, 2016

March Photo Scavenger Hunt

Well, here we are entering my favorite season ~ Spring!  We are also experiencing some glorious weather this week.  Time to put my March photos before heading outside :)

1.  Local
A photo taken down at the local beach front yesterday ~
Buds are blossoming ~

2.  City
A Spring scene taken while visiting Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, BC, the capital city of British Columbia.
3. Stripes
There were a few birds vying for this category, all showing off their stripes ~  A pair of ducks won out!

4.  Crisp
Although we are experiencing an early Spring, a crisp coldness is apparent at higher levels.

5.  Street Art
Chemainus is referred to as the 'little town that did' ~ famous for its murals.

6. Tiles
A tiled roof spotted while driving through a residential neighbourhood.

7. Rock Stairs
I noticed this combination of rock and stairs leading up to a large home.

8. Hair
Hair it is!
Edit to add:  Spring is in the hair ;)  (Sometimes I make myself laugh.)

9.  Measure
Here's a bald eagle taking measure of its surroundings ~
and some vials of liquid spotted in the lab of the Deep Bay Marine Field Station 
10. Large
Near the location of the previous rock stairs photo, there was a large heavy duty excavator resting atop an even larger pile of rocks ~

11.  For one
A kayak for one shares the coastline with gulls galore ~

 12.  Landscape

I have many more photos for March, and hopefully will get a chance to post some more in the next while.

Thanks to Greenthumb for continuing to sponsor these monthly Scavenger Hunts.  I hope you enjoy my photos :)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

February Photo Scavenger Hunt

This month I drove south to Victoria,  and west to Long Beach and Tofino, so my photo compilation consists mostly of photos from these two journeys.

1.  Green
This is a photo of moss on a log at the place where the river meets the sea.  When I downloaded the photo it looked like an aerial view of a forest, which it may be to some creatures.

2. 2
Here are two double snowdrops that a friend gave me.  I have them planted in the window box at the moment, and eventually they will find a home in the garden.

3.  Cool
On the trip to Tofino, snow was visible alongside the road near higher elevations so there were many opportunities to take cool pics.   Looking across from Tofino Harbour, however, I marvelled at the snowy backdrop blushing as the sun set, and thought the sight was cool in more ways than one!

4.  Somewhere I went
Sunset also silver polished the Pacific Ocean and sand at Long Beach. 

5.  Up
A Bald Eagle selected a perfect perch for an unobstructed view.

6.  Frame
Evergreen branches formed a frame around the rocky shore as I looked down from a deck at Middle Beach Lodge.

7.  From a low angle
Here is the 7 ft. gold clad statue of Captain George Vancouver atop the Provincial Parliament Buildings in Victoria.

8.  On a Shelf
On the deck and under a shelf!  Wellies await the wanderer who wants to walk on the wet sand or wade in the wild westcoast water.

9.  Writing
A poster on the Royal British Museum in Victoria advertises the current Wildlife Photography of the Year exhibition.

10.  Inside
Here is the Palm Court domed glass ceiling in the Empress Hotel in Victoria.

11.  Line
On a recent visit to where the river meets the sea, I saw one family of five Trumpeter Swans.  The family has formed a line as they swim along together.

12. Shape

On the very enjoyable trip to Tofino, I was amazed at the beautiful reflections and shapes on Kennedy Lake enroute.  Kennedy Lake is the largest lake on Vancouver Island.

Many thanks to Greenthumb for hosting this photo scavenger hunt.  Hope you all enjoy my photos :)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Photo Scavenger Hunt

I have been having some difficulty with my laptop, but will try and get these photos uploaded quickly and hopefully catch it off guard ;) Update:  This was anything but quick, but it's posted now!

Unfortunately, Greenthumb has not been feeling well, which I was so sorry to hear about.  She suggested we  just post any photos we like for January.  I appreciate that there is a new list for February, though, so that should encourage me to be out and if only my laptop will cooperate.

Because I had no particular items to scavenge for, I have just picked 12 random photos from the ones I have taken during January.

1.  The first photo is of a dog... look at it!... doesn't it appear to be the most woe-begone creature ever?  It was actually just waiting for its human to walk away and then throw it a ball.  It was in "Stay!" mode.  I didn't wait to see if it perked up when the ball was thrown, or if it just sat there looking fed up.

2.  This is my corroded anode rod out of my old water heater.  I think it was good timing on my part to get a new heater installed.  Unfortunately, this anode rod was inaccessible, so couldn't be replaced, which may have extended the life of my water heater.

3.  This is the lovely dog that lives across the street.  He seemed to enjoy the snowy weather while it lasted.

4.  Usually when I visit 'where the river meets the sea', there is an abundance of wildlife ~ this day.....
they'd all been invited somewhere else.

5.  As I was leaving the same area and walking along the path through the woods, a rainbow glow caught my eye.

6.  For some reason, a hut with a ramp inside, is situated near the pontoons where the Sea Lions gather.  I will have to do some research to 'shed' some light on why it is there... a Seal Salon/Saloon?

7.  One day when I was in the front garden, a large bird flew overhead causing a fleeing sparrow to glance off the side of the neighbour's house, landing and finding refuge against the front brick of my house.  It stayed there until all was calm and then flew off.  Whew!  That was a close call.

8.  Quigley, or one of his rellies, is back.  I had changed out the peanut feeder, and some of the old  leftover peanuts scattered on the ground.  He scuttled back and forth, picking them up and burying them in the dirt under a large evergreen tree.

9.  In this particular photo, Quigley looks slightly bemused as if he is determining, with his sniffer,  whether this particular peanut meets his criteria.

10.  A white cloud caught in the light, viewed from inside, through my front window.

11. The Pink Dogwood tree with different clouds of white on our snowy day.

12  The winter jasmine flowers peeking through the snow to add a little sunshine.

So that's it for the first month of 2016.  I hope I can get my technological glitches straightened out in order for me to visit my blogger friends!

February's list over at Greenthumb's (with thanks)

Somewhere you went
From a low angle
On the shelf