Archive | October 2016

Island Dreaming on this October Day~

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Vancouver Island is full of stunning hiking opportunities. This Marina was the trailhead for one hike,
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where we were greeted by a curious fawn!
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The hike wound through pristine rain forest,
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and river gorges with wildlife all around us.

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The beach was mostly empty and the water so pristine, it formed perfect mirrored surfaces for reflection.
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A killdeer was unconcerned with our arrival at his beach.

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The crystalline sea water,
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makes sea anenome look like they weren’t under water.
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Although all of these shots were taken through sea water, there was no distortion. This is what perfectly clean sea water looks like. We don’t have this in California!
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We have been home at The Holler for several weeks now, but these photos send cheers to you from beautiful and unspoiled Vancouver Island~

Peregrine Precision~

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Peregrines dive as if in a dream,
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snatching birds in mid-flight,

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landing to administer the coup de grace.
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Mantling prey on the ground for seconds,

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they soon return to rule the skies!

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Cheers to you from the lightening-fast-Falcons~

Note: Peregrine Falcons are the fastest-moving creatures on earth and have been clocked diving at up to 242 mph!

Glassine Visions~

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Seattle’s Garden and Glass Museum showcases the magical worlds created by glass artist Dale Chihuly.
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Chihuly creates huge glass wonderlands,
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resembling hallucinatory under-seascapes,
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full of phantasmagorical deep-sea creatures.

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Mirrors create reflective visions like crystalline creatures from outer space.

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There are magic mushrooms,
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glowing like alien forms,

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in surreal secret gardens.
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Visiting here one feels much like Alice with a two-way ticket to wonderland!
Cheers to you from the inventive worlds of Dale Chihuly~

Butchart Fall Fete~

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Fall in the Butchart Gardens,
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is a visual feast.
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As tree leaves turn,
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flowers burn,
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triumphant,
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in their in their fall finale.
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An autumnal pageant,
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before winter sleep.
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Cheers to you from the Butchart Gardens in Victoria Canada~

Little Cabin in the Big Woods~

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We had been to The Knight Inlet in Canada before on a day trip by small boat and always wanted to come back and stay. This is the dock area in Campbell River on Vancouver Island where we met our pilot,
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and boarded our plane for the flight into the inlet.
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The trip in is stunning and carries you deep into pristine wilderness.
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Here is our little cabin in the big woods. It is new construction and sits on the water’s edge.

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It is tiny, but charming, and has everything you need.

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This is your view when you wake in the misty morning.

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In the inlet you are surrounded by wildlife.

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There are harbor seals,

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and Stellar sea lions, and whales, birds, wolves, cougars,

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and of course, the star attraction,

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the grizzlies!
Cheers to you from gorgeous Canada~