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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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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Discover Vancouver Island

I grew up in a rain forest.  Actually in a rain forest park.  I did not know anything more than the ocean, the trees and the sky then.

My eyes were the eyes of a wild child.  I felt the wonder of being free. I belonged with nature and I felt her bond with every step.  She was my friend.  My one and only friend.  I ran along white sandy beaches miles from anywhere alone and free.

Oh I lived on a small fjord surrounded by trees and mountains. There were no roads, the only way in and out was by boat up and down the blue canals and inlets.  That is how one would get to "town".

There was no television or electricity.  There was a lovely walk to the outhouse on the hill by the apple trees.  The clothes were hung to dry in the salty wind.

The bells on the fish boats woke you each morning.  The gulls calling out in excitement as they floated over the waves.

Life was very different for me then.  And it is only now that I can truly see it.  Now I am old and can understand why I long to be with my old friend nature again.  It is with age that we begin to understand our own inner self and to be able to give that part of our self away.  We become fearless to be our self.

My father was a simple fisherman.  He fished the seas.  We had nothing much in my time.  I came from the dirt on that rocky shore and will go back to it.

I no longer care about feelings of shame or the embarrassment of being poor or from the bush.  I no longer care about society or about how one should appear to be.  Because I only want to be with nature.  I don't want to impress humanity about who I should be as I only want to be me.  I am wild.  Just like a wild animal. I am part of the dirt, mud, moss, sand and earth and sky and I will go back to it. It is my real home.

In knowing where I came from gives me the value of who I am today.  Inside of me there still is that child of the wilderness and in my dreams I still am dancing in the waves of some wild magical beach.

So that is my story of my childhood. I had nothing else to write about today.  It is weird but hope you enjoyed it. I just write whatever I am thinking now.  This took about five minutes time and is an easy way to form some text.  This is me below in the slide taking the movie which is at the end of the blog.

And since I have nothing else prepared for this week I will just take you on a journey of discovery on Vancouver Island. I hope some day some of you will be able to travel and discover this island paradise where I have lived all my life.  I hope one day many bloggers will journey here and witness my wild island dreams. And I want to meet you all.

I grew up near Vancouver Island Pacific Rim Park.
I found a great link on the Oasis Channel Website that has some nice photos and videos of Vancouver Island Pacific Rim Park. Pacific Rim Park.

We are at the letter "D" for Discovery.  To discover my island and to discover our true self.  What was your childhood like?  If you were to see the child you were and talk to the child you were what would you say?  How did your childhood shape your life?  And now looking back on it all......how do you feel?  Just random thoughts to ponder.  It is all I have to give.  Peace and have a wonderful day.

Please watch my video of a beach near where I grew up and for your added enjoyment I put music on it: The Mission by Ennio Morricone.

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Some birds for the birders.  These were at Long Beach.

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Stephanie said...

I love the island too! It will be five years ago in May we moved here from Vancouver. Wished I had moved sooner. I was not brave then, I took a big risk and am glad for it now. Beautiful images of beaches and logs, the water. A very nice post today.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous views. going to look around a bit. so nice to meet you through the bird link up "Wild Bird Wednesday" ( :

Leslie: said...

In some ways, life did seem simpler then. But if one wanted to go backwards, I'm sure there's a corner of Vancouver Island just waiting for them.

abcw team

mick said...

Magnificent photos of the beaches an shoreline of Vancouver Island. I liked your description of what it was like when you were young and growing up in such a beautiful and unspoilt place. It is quite different from where I grew up but the whole world was much simpler then I think. You didn't name the shorebirds - are they Whimbrels?

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Yes they are Whimbrels...thanks for mentioning that Mick. cheers.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Beth.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Stephanie. Nice to hear from another islander.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Les. Hope all is going well for you and your hubby.

Esther Joy said...

I had a brother that lived in that area for years, but sadly, I never visited when he was there.

Karen said...

I think your childhood sounds wonderful! I grew up in a city, a small one, but very void of nature. I am happiest when I am out and about in nature's beauty. Your photos are marvellous and make me long for the sea.

Susan Moore said...

I enjoyed your post! I think that the annual family vacations to Vancouver Island helped me to develop my wanderlust. My first train ride was to Vancouver, first ferry trip across to the island, first airplane ride was in a little seaplane to Read Island. Your photos are marvelous, you capture the beauty of the coast.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Sounds like you had a great childhood,free from the cares of the world.

Indrani said...

I too grew up by a beach. The sound of waves still ring in my ears sometimes amidst all this city chaos.

Oman said...

Wow, with photos like these, I wanna go and explore Vancouver too. Great work.

eileeninmd said...

What a beautiful place to live! The beach is gorgeous, I can picture you dancing in the waves. Love the Whimbrels, they are cute! Great shots and post. Have a happy day!

Gordon said...

You know Nora, you can spend your life with someone and never really kmow them, and yet I look though some photos, and read some text, and I feel I have known that person for ever, beautiful, very beautiful.
All the best , and take care , Gordon.

Stewart M said...

This looks a lot like the coast of Washington State, which is the closest I have been to your part of the world.

Great set of pictures.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

lindaakacraftygardener said...

We love visiting the island too, and are planning another trip soon. We loved the Pacific Rim area and have videos similar to your from Long Beach. Thanks for the memories.

Roger Owen Green said...

What's cool about you is that you're still DISCOVERING.
ROG, ABC Wednesday

Gail Dixon said...

It would be so nice to revisit simple places of our youth and feel that wonder and excitement about the world again. That's how I feel about the rural area where I spent many years with my grandparents. It is a beautiful place where you grew up. I enjoyed reading your thoughts about being proud of your humble start in life. Your photos are beautiful. God bless.

Hildred said...

A beautiful video, and the music so serene. I enjoyed your post and the thoughts you express - life seems more meaningful and enjoyable without the constant demands of the 'ego'.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Nora What a wonderful post with fantastic photographs and video. I loved hearing about your childhood. I too prefer to be out and about in nature. I have been only once for 1 day to your island and certainly I would love to explore it so perhaps you may have your wish of meeting another blogger.

Laura said...

I can see why you love your home. What a treat to read about your life growing up and how the sense of freedom and connection to nature has never left you. Thank you for sharing your photos and videos. I would love to visit your island one day.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos of the beach and the waves. I enjoyed your words too. Take care, Nora.

Anni said...

Extraordinary post!!! I enjoyed reading your thoughts and the way you added some details to them. Well done.
And the birds are exceptional. Photos of the sea and island......beautiful colors!!!

ladyfi said...

That sounds like a great childhood! Your shots are stunning.

Pat Tillett said...

It is not weird and I love both the words and photos from this post.
I also know the joys of an outhouse and a poor childhood. Replace the beautiful place where you lived with the desert and there we are!

Wally Jones said...

Nora, this is a really wonderful post! Not only the beach and the birds, but your exquisite expression. Thank you so much for sharing!

Wally in Florida.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thank you so much for all your comments. They mean so much to me. This is a special post to me so I am very thrilled that you came to see it. You can be assured that I read each comment and enjoy each one. thanks.

Rambling Woods said...

This was such a deeply personal post and so heartfelt. I found myself picturing that child on the beach. There is alone and lonely and you had the best of Mother Nature to keep you company. I love the comments that you got too... Very thoughtful. Hug.... Michelle

thewovenspoke said...

Nora what a wonderful and moving post. The photography is stupendous. I understand the wildness and wanting to be close to nature. Most people I know don't get that part of me. Thanks you made my day. :)

Dave said...

What beautiful images, lovely commentary throughout your post, a pleasure.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Nora, you should never say anything like 'that's all I have to give'... because your posts always always give us so much. And with this one you outdid yourself. Honestly it is beautiful. The first part was a beautiful prose poem...publishable I should think! An ode to a childhood not many of us have been blessed enough to experience. I loved it so much. And as always I enjoyed the tour of wonderful Vancouver Island.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Sallie. It is difficult to sometimes insert parts of my true self and my life into a nature blog about birds. I feel a little silly writing creative prose about my life in this blog. I feel like I am cheating on the nature blog by wandering off on other topics so much. But this blog is one of the main supports in my daily life and the continual struggle to remain positive with the wildly creative mind I was given to share and with that creative mind I also have the melancholy that all artists inherit in order to be able to achieve their art. Thus you will witness my island rambles on any topic that comes to me.

I do want to say that the comments the other bloggers like Sallie give the blog much more than I can ever give it.....they give me a community. They are my family. They know me better than my own family and friends.
Also the bring life to the blog....their spark, their fun, their jokes...it gives me such joy to read them.

David Gascoigne said...

Interesting, reflective commentary.

Kelly said...

What beautiful scenery, totally different from what I'm familiar with, too.