I really should try to post every day - or at least every other day - instead of letting the photos and stories pile up. I took over 500 photos in the last four days. The weather has been so unstable that each moment brings new beauty - mist and rain and sun and cloud present fresh opportunities for yet more shots of ocean and sea walk and sky.
With spring in full swing, blossoms change every day and birds migrate through or nest or simply forage for feed in the ever-changing light. Our hike to Swallowfield, albeit muddy, was spring-like enough to enable us passage across the estuary to where the river and creeks flow into the sea, and where pools are formed in the backflow to provide safe swimming areas for water-loving dogs.
So.....from the past few days of morning meanderings and this week's Wednesday Walk, here's some of the sights and scenes of the beautiful Cowichan Valley:
As mentioned, the weather was variable. Thick fog on Tuesday hid Salt Spring Island from view at the start of our walk:
Phantom Ship Soon the fog begins to lift:
Mist Rising And twenty minutes later, the sun shines brightly and boats and piers and even birds are echoed in the smooth, dark waters:
Sunrise on a wet and frosty walkway
On another day, the sun melts frost on the seawalk, making it slippery yet beautiful as the water reflects sun:
And yet another day, bright sunlight reflects off the metal handrail of the seawalk, turning black to gold, and dull to bright:
Eagle-eyed The blossoms on salmon berry bushes (I think) along the walkway are open now,
And these cream-coloured blossoms are also fully out:
Blossoms also abound at Swallowfield. Though the bushes were barely in leaf, the ground at our feet reveals a myriad of colours:
Late Blooming Crocus
And on the estuary, I spied this whole bank of flowering trees:
Trees in Bloom
The dogs enjoyed their Wednesday Walk - the water, the treats, the play with each other, and quiet time alone: Doggy Beach Party
Everyone into the Pool!
Kabuki and Chi Ki
Flying Sticks and Eager Dogs Even little Teddy, new to our group (though he came as a guest with Else once before), was brave enough to go swimming:
Teddy takes a dip
Treat time! While others sit and contemplate:
After the swim, time for a snack:
And a couple of final shots of the newest member of our dog-walking crew:
Teddy in Black and White
It's been a very good week. Spring is here, the dogs are all well, there is no end to the goodness and beauty in my world.