Saturday, October 29, 2011

Amazing Yellow Leaves of Fall

I don't think the changing of the seasons from Summer to Fall in Canada will ever get old for me.  The vibrant colours (not colors) of the leaves on the trees - the fiery oranges, bright yellows, deep reds all create a wonderful backdrop anywhere you look.  Throw in some sunshine and it only gets better!

I've posted some previous fall photos here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hidden Grove - Sechelt - Sunshine Coast

From the description of the B&B we were staying at it seemed like a good place to go, although the owner had "never been there", several guests raved about it and many made second and third trips to this place - just a 15 minute trip down the road in Sechelt, BC.

Hidden Grove they call it, although it's just off the highway well marked and easy to get to.  Yet another world awaits when you enter this old growth forest.  From the first few steps on the springy trail, from years of vegetation piled beneath our feet, I felt this place was special.  The kind of feeling you may get when walking into an old cathedral, if you're religiously inclined, or an oasis.  This place had a special feeling to it, one of peace and tranquility, of age and continuity - a sanctuary.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Purple Rain Drops

I'm just making the name of this flower up and I'm sure it's not right, although they are purple and it was raining.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Horseshoe Bay - On Route to Langdale

It was quite a moody day when we crossed the water on the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale.  Low clouds draped around the islands like fingers.  It's amazing what such a short ferry can do to the landscape and the feel of a place.  Along the Sunshine Coast, although quite close to Vancouver, it seems to have a pace all its own.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Kayaking the Skookumchuck Narrows - Sunshine Coast, BC

A recent trip to the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia brought me to the Skookumchuck Narrows - a fascinating place!  A couple times a day the tide rolls in or out of the massive Sechelt Inlet.  The sheer volume of water (200 billion gallons on a 10 ft tide change) creates a tidal surge.  Although quite dangerous if you're swimming or sailing, it's perfect for Kayakers to play on the huge standing wave formed by this phenomenon.

Be sure to time your visit to see the maximum height of the tide and take into account the hour long hike from the parking lot.  More info on the narrows and the Provincial Park here.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bird in Flight

One of the first photos of the day, this guy came around the bend while we were on Galiano Island.  A beautiful sight to see!