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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cowichan Sky

Cowichan Bay area is our theme today and it is for Sky Watch Friday and also I will blend it into the Weekend Reflections as it is a nice combination for me mostly. Check out the other bloggers there for some great photos.
We were here at Cowichan a few weeks ago.  Now we are snowed in.  These two shots show the estuary of the river where it is a popular birding and nature area. There are swans and ducks, eagles shore birds, cormorants and sea lions.
Now we have moved on to the Hecate Park area on Cowichan Bay Road and the boat launch.  Here you can have a picnic, launch your boat into Cowichan Bay or spend the day on the beach or browsing the stilt houses along the walkway of the village.
This is the Welcome Figure at Hecate Park.  He was carved by Herb Rice of Cowichan Bay and placed here in 2008 to welcome the athletes to the North American Indigenous Games.  These welcome figures are usually placed at the entrance of the village or long house.
I liked the boat launch.  In 1987 the park was revitalized and also in 2007.  Pictures will click bigger.
I wonder if he is welcoming you or intimidating you with his frown.  In the early records of 1854 when James Douglas came on a canoe expedition of the tribes here, it records them as being very fierce. They endeavoured to protect the rich land they had...it was rich in fish and deer and other sea life.  They had sheltered bays and coves and lots of wood and fresh water.  Life was good.  However colonial civilization came and a warboat was sent from Esquimalt to attend to the natives and they soon became "few in number, peaceable and quiet" to the acceptable standards of the settlers. (from the Report of a Canoe Expedition)
With this previous wealth the great Cowichan tribe had divided into many small tribes of which became the historical tribes of the area today...such as the Saanich, the Somenos, the Quamichan, the Koksilah, Chemainus and more.
The name Cowichan comes from the Coast Salish "khowutzun" which means "back warmed by the sun" or "warm country".  This area is the earliest development north of Victoria which started in the 1850's as a Hudson Bay Fort.
Hecate Park is named after the HMS Hecate which arrived in 1862 with a load of settlers who soon built a hotel and store.  Once again we are at the end of my story.  Check out the links above for some good photos.

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful skies, reflections, and colors in all your photos!

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  2. Your captures are stunning, each one a beauty filled with wonderful tones and contrasts.

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  3. The clarity, coloring, and lighting of these scenes is spectacular. I recognize the lighthouse on your header. I love Vancouver Island and have visited it often.

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  4. What spectacular colours and light! That wooden figure is charming!

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  5. Lovely photos!
    Happy Friday to you!

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  6. beautiful pictures!

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  7. Beautiful skies.

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  8. Lovely photos of Cowichan area. We spent a month on Vancouver Island last November visiting family. Wonderful place. It's great to meet another Canadian blogger. I'll be back to visit again soon.

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  9. Superb captures, incredible colors and lighting and such an interesting post for both days! I live in Seattle and have visited Vancouver Island, it is such a gorgeous place! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Sylvia

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  10. The first picture is stunning.I love reflections and these colours are exceptional.

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  11. The soft colouring of the sky reflected in the mirror water is simply beautiful....Delightful!

    "Adelaide and Beyond"

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  12. Beautiful pictures and a nice history of the area. - Margy

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  13. Beautiful scenery on the island. I don't get over there very often but it is always spectacular. Your photos capture it well.

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  14. Stunning views of the sky, that you so much for sharing with us and for becoming a follower of my blog :o)

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  15. Great photos! Beautiful skies and sharp clear shots! I love your header shot!

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  16. Oh, how I miss my beautiful BC and being able to visit The Island. These photos are gorgeous. I love the blue sky and puffy white clouds. A very special part of the universe, as the original peoples knew before they became few in number and peaceful.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  17. these are spectacular images. What a beautiful place you live in.

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  18. Thanks for the tour - gorgeous group of photos.

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  19. welcome to tina´s picstory! :)
    love your wonderful skies!

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  20. What a great post. So informative. You do the Cowichan Sky proud! Wonderful vibrant photos.

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  21. Wow, stunning captures!!!

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  22. Wonderful photos.
    I am looking forward to follow your blog.

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  23. Such a beautiful area, such beautiful photographs!

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  24. Thanks so much for all the comments here. Really appreciate them.

    Ruth B I can't get your comment box to appear..some of the embedded comment pages don't work.

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  25. amazing pictures. great job.
    http://light-impression.blogspot.com/

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  26. WOW...that is a lot of friendly comments for me...I sure love it!

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