In the middle of our holiday with our daughter's family, we headed out for an adventure, aiming ultimately to see the Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley. Step one was a trip on 'The Spirit of British Columbia', one of the two ferries plying the route between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. I enjoy ferry crossings, so I stayed outside and took lots of pictures.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Our most interesting adventure while staying in Abbotsford with our grandchildren was an outing to the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve near Chilliwack. We'd been there last November, but of course there were no herons then. Now the herons are there, and nesting! I'd never seen an active heron rookery up close.
We also spotted a Bald Eagle circling high overhead, always nice to see. It would be a rare sighting here, but is surprisingly common in the lower Fraser Valley.
Friday, April 28, 2017
The seasons are bursting here; I'll have to mow the grass any day. But I'm going to take you on our western adventure to southern British Columbia and a bit of Washington State for a couple of weeks instead of describing the seasons here. So if you'd prefer to really see what the season is like here in the valley, click back to late April in 2015 or 2016 and follow along as spring unfolds. Meantime, we had a great adventure out west.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
We're back from our two week break, visiting our daughter, her husband and our grandchildren in British Columbia. What a landscape, mountains in all directions, and more flowering trees and shrubs than we've ever seen! I'll get to the 1500 pictures I took on our adventure soon. But first, I need to bring you back to seasons here in the valley. Spring has sprung in our absence and the first flowers are appearing in our garden.
Across the front of our house we have quite a few bright blue Hyacinth, filling the air with their scent, and one patch of Daffodils (along with some shrubs that need pruning).
Monday, April 10, 2017
My photos from the weekend are a bust (see below), but I was sitting on the back deck in our 'cool summer evening temperatures', and listening to the mad chorus of Spring Peepers from across the road. So I decided to go and see if I could record the 'sounds of spring'. For me there is nothing like the Spring Peepers to mark the arrival of spring. Here they are:
The picture isn't very exciting, but if you turn your volume up loud and listen, you'll hear the sounds of spring - both Spring Peepers and Wood Frogs. The first are the loud 'peeps', and the second sound very much like gabbling ducks. I was afraid they'd shut down when I got close, but I was able to walk right up to the little wetland and record them. At the beginning of the video you catch a brief glimpse of our green house across the road, and there's an old farm field roller in the foreground part way through the video.
I was over on the shoreline of Lake Huron on Saturday, and thought I had captured some great photos of the lake to share today. But it was a disaster. I had been photographing inside a building, and had the ISO set up high. One of those newbie photographer mistakes, I failed to recheck my settings outside in the bright sun. All the photos were over-exposed. Never-the-less, I'm going to share three of them here to embarrass myself, in the hopes I will remember this occasion and not do that again!
Lake Huron Shoreline
The Bruce Nuclear Plant in the distance.
I worked away to change the bad exposure in Lightroom, but with very limited results. All the colours are still way off! The lighthouse picture isn't too bad, but the last two pictures of brilliant turquoise water and sky are TOTALLY unrealistic!
With that I'm taking a two-week break; will be back in late April. Have a great early spring.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
The aftermath of Thursday night's snowstorm left us with fairly fierce northerly winds on Friday, and we had reason to be in Meaford. We stopped by the bay for 10 minutes to watch the waves crashing in onto the shore. I'm not sure we have ever seen waves this intense, and it was a beautiful sunny to boot.