Late afternoon flight

Canada geese flying into the marsh just before a winter sunset.



Drizzly day walk in the rainforest

Here in southwest British Columbia we live in a temperate rainforest and at this time of year we can get a lot of rain. One of our local regional parks is a mixture of overgrown, former farmland, hay fields, small forested areas, swamp, a small river, and well maintained trails for hikers and equestrians. One of my favorite corners of the park encompasses a several acre stand of old firs, cedars and hemlock trees and large sword ferns. The stand of trees is flanked on each side by swampy areas. In the swamp on the south side runs the Little Campbell river, though you can’t see it as it winds its way through the scrub. On the north side there are ancient moss- and fern-covered alders struggling to survive in the mud. On wet days, the moss on the trees soaks up the moisture and seems to glow. And walking under those big old evergreens is like being in an enchanted forest.

And here’s one more image, this one is for my iPad Photo Art course page so it was processed strictly in iPad apps, and I had a little fun with it. Too bad the low res version doesn’t do it full justice. Click on it to see a larger version.

forest floor


Working dog

Hard working farm pooch catching a few zzz’s in the farmyard. This dog has been seen before on my blog last summer, in a post entitled Lunch on the Col de la Colombiere.

shaggy dog sleeping against barn wall

This time, I have used this image as this week’s Monochrome Madness entry. Everyone’s submissions can be seen at Leanne Cole’s blog, click here. I selected this image for monochrome because I felt it really emphasized the eyeful of textures.



Dunking for crab apples?

The last time I was out at the bird sanctuary I watched this lone gull repeatedly plunging head first into the water for several minutes before several geese disturbed him/her. I don’t know what the gull had been fishing for, but when I saw him/her about 10 minutes later, s/he had a crab apple in his/her bill.