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Hi my name is Nora and Welcome to my blog world. This is a nature and birding photo blog about Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. I am trying to be a birder and I take photos of the birds and scenery I find. I hope you enjoy your time here and please come back again. PHOTOS WILL ENLARGE IF CLICKED. The photos are slide show enabled if you click on them. If you click on the top lighthouse photo it always takes you to the most recent summary list of my postings.


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sooke Basin Reflecting

  This post is for Sky Watch where you can find more sky watchers.
The Sooke River flows into this basin and it has an excellent chum run of fish.

Gold was discovered in the Sooke area in the 1860's in a tributary of the Sooke River called the Leech River.

Sooke has a sheltered harbour that is very shallow.  The T'so-ke First Nations people lived here for thousands of years and were wealthy in the abundance of nature around them. They had salmon, crab and clams from the sea  and the land provided berries, roots, game and ducks.  The first settler here to buy land was a Scot, Captain Walter Grant who came around 1843.  He brought with him the yellow Scottish broom that has spread now from here  to Alaska and California and has taken over many of the indigenous plants.When he left he deeded his land to the Muirs, other Scots. The Muirs and their five children had a farm and sawmill and were important in developing the lumber market. The rainforest was harvested to build the economy of the area.


  1. These are beautiful!

  2. Wow, beautiful photos!

  3. reading your comment note made me smile, i know how frustrating it can be when you see how many people visit your blog in the stats but not as many participating in the conversation

    from one islander to another, i love the photos you shared this skywatch

    the water is so still and reflective

    great stuff

  4. Spectacular shots. Liked the reflection in the water.

  5. Awesome reflection of the clouds on the water!

  6. Wooow how beautiful it is :0)

  7. What a pretty scene. Your photos are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your skies. Happy Skywatching!

  8. What amazing and magical shots!

  9. Spectacular shots :) The reflection, the fog.. all made it magical to look at!!

  10. Anonymous11:42 am

    You have captured amazing reflections. Thanks for the photos that are a balm for the eyes. Studio Cat.

  11. Beautiful scenic shots L.
    Hope you have a Merry Christmas.

  12. Wonderful to see you blogging again. It's been a long time. Beautiful clarity in your photos. I don't blog much now but use facebook instead.

  13. Wonderful photos. The water and clouds are great and the foreground is so interesting.

  14. Beautiful photographs with wonderful colours and subject matter!

  15. wonderful pics! really great shots :) have a great weekend ♥

  16. Thank you so much for your kind comments ....I appreciate each of them.


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