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Monday, May 06, 2013

Spirit Pole and Q Things

 I find that there are not many Q words or pictures and it is hard to do. But I was not going to quit in my quest for "Q" words for the ABC Meme. So above here we have the Spirit Pole at the Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Center in Duncan, B.C. The pole was made to honour the Cowichan 2008 Indigenous Games.  The pole traveled over 10,000 km and was carved by 11,599 people in 52 communities in B.C.  The frog is in the front of the pole and he helps everyone take a step forward.  He has a smile for all of us as well.  There are a quadruple of  salmon above the frog, they swim in a stream representing the hard work it takes to be positive and move forward.  The Master Carver of the pole was Carey Newman.

This is a shot of one of the buildings at the Cultural Center.

 These are pictures of Cowichan Bay, a quaint little village. Originally it was called Quw'utsun', meaning a place to warm your back. This is quite true.

This is a picture of Genoa Bay which is near Cowichan.

This old log cabin is near Quesnel, B.C.

 Now for the birders here are some Quail from out in Metchosin.

Another Quadruple of Brant below.

A few quaint places below, this one below was taken on Cortes Island with the quicksilver ocean. I really like it.

This is a small quay or dock on Cortes island.

The planter box owlets with one looking quizzically at me the other one is quiescent.

Below is a quadruped animal, a bear in the Quinsam River hatchery.

The bear is shaking the water off his head.  He did not like the water in his ears. I think I was too close.

A quintuple of sheep. One is jumping high in the air. Well that is it.  I did not do a quantity of photos this time but I hope  you like my quirky blog.

Life seems to be quickening for me...never enough time to do all the things I dream of doing. I hope you all have a great week and do some of the things you dream of in your life.

Thank you to these memes for allowing bloggers to share their story.  I may not remember to enter them all but I still list them for others and as this is the quick way for me to do it.

The Bird D'pot  Thank you Anni
Our World Tuesday Thank you Jennifer and previous hosts
Sweet Shot Tuesday Thank you Kent
ABC Wednesday Thank you Denise, Roger and Team
Nature Notes Wednesday  Thank you Michelle
Outdoors Wednesday Thank you Susan
Wild Bird Wednesday  Thank you Stewart

 I list all the memes for the week now as I can only spend a short time on the computer.  To continue reading posts you must click older post below or see the index at the top or the side or pick a popular post or label from the sidebar.


  1. Wow! So many beautiful photos! I'd REALLY like to live close to that bench (by the little pier). I could sit in that scene for a long time. Great post!

    1. Thanks Pat, yes I could just live there and see that view every day also!

  2. Love that artwork.

  3. So much to see in your post entry! I especially love the spirit pole and the story of its characters, as well as the village shots. I wish I could get the color and crystal clear focus you achieve.

    Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging comment at Maraca re my vision issue. I really appreciate the advice. Knowing that others are coping is lowering my anxiety considerably.

  4. I love it when spring and warmth quickens things. Lovely shots!

  5. Fun Q post! I love the pole and all the critters. The quail is pretty. The view is beautiful, lovely photos. Have a happy day!

  6. I love the spirit poles and wonderful shots of the animals.

  7. Lovely images, especially the birds. Have a great week. :)

  8. First one is a uniQue capture! Great series of shot for 'Q'.

  9. I've always found totem poles quite fascinating since the meaning of each totem can mean so much - both in history and lore!! Love the quail images and those owls are super.

    I'm here visiting under my Hootin' Anni admin for blogger, but wanted to also thank you for linking up this week at the Bird D'Pot meme.

  10. I think you did an amazing Q job and I really enjoyed the photos. Always a treat to visit the island again!

  11. Wonderful captures as always, Nora, and I too, love the art work! Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing! Hope your week is going well!

  12. You live in a beautiful part of Canada! All terrific shots. Yep, I would say you may have been a little too close to the bear!

  13. beautiful shots! loved the quail!

  14. Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  15. Oh my! So many beautiful pics - I'm at a loss for words! I must look around here - the owls were from your planter box? I've been following the OKC GHO nest-owl cam.. until the babies fledged. I fell in love, and was heartbroken when they left. I must plant me some owls too.. lol! Again, fabulous captures! Thanks for sharing! -Tammy

  16. I like the pole's meaning... Especially the frog... Beautiful area... Great post for nature notes... Michelle

  17. Those are gorgeous quail shots! Love the owlets, too! You certainly have some beautiful scenery there!

  18. Lovely photos, Nice to study!

  19. Beautiful series.

  20. I especially liked the quail and owlets

  21. For all my love of birds, I swap a few good ones for a sight of a bear in the wild! There are such an icon.

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

    Stewart M - Melbourne

  22. Wonderful to see what you are seeing in your world Nora. Love the colourful spirit pole, I had a thunderbird before the fire. The log cabin is a place i would gladly live in as long as the bear did not come too close . . .

  23. Wow! Quite the collection. Your ramble was stunning today.

  24. It's all Quite lovely and my pulse Quickened as I enjoyed your post! Still Quivering with excitement over the Quail! Somewhat surprised you didn't include any Quackers!

    Have a great day, Nora!

    Wally - keeping Quiet in Florida.

  25. Beautiful place! I love the owls, they're adorable.

  26. The spirit pole is awesome! Wonderful Q post!

  27. Hi Nora~I enjoyed your beautiful collection of photos from your area! So much to see! Love those owlets!

  28. Thanks again for each of these comments. I read them all and try to visit as many of your blogs as possible. cheers.

    I am wondering why this post got zillions of hits.. google must have messed up.

  29. Great pics.. love your owlets... real cuties! And amazing spirit pole!

  30. Hi Norah -- I was just scrolling around on your blog and found this post I'd missed. Loved the Indian carvings and the history! I bet that was the most unique entry for the alphabet meme that week. Your pictures are always so clear and sharp and lovely and make me feel like I'm visiting BC (and I wish I really were...it's getting too hot here in Florida!).


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