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Welcome to my blog world. This is a photo blog, poetry and short story blog about my life on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. 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. I am also at my Facebook Page Island Rambles or Islandrambles at YouTube.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Year in Photo Review




HAPPY NEW YEARS!!  Today just a few photos to continue my review of the year 2012. Last January, 2012, we had a lot of snow.  So far this month we have not had any snow and it has been very mild.  The photo above is of the Trumpeter Swans behind the Red Barn. They were backlit so it is a moody shot.  It was a very cold day and the swans were quite close to me.
Above here is when we went up to Beaver Lake in the snow and there was this young girl skiing around the trails. Not many people were out in the snow as driving was difficult. If you are on the main page you must click "read more"  and you will see all the photos and the rest of this post...please continue reading...

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Reflections of Year Past



Happy New Years!
Today I will just post some reflections and skies of the year 2012 as we soon will be at the time of our New Years. I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas.

I only got half way through my files and there were too many photos so I will do another blog on it some time later. These look like summer but were taken in March, 2012 and it was a really warm day too. We had a picnic overlooking the docks.On the main page you have to click "read more" to continue on... Please continue reading to see more pictures.....

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pelicans Christmas Wishes



MERRY CHRISTMAS READERS and FRIENDS!!
Thanks to all my readers and hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I am truly thankful to have this many readers ....I feel blessed that anyone wants to read my blog. I think it must be an accident that people read my blog, (someone must have added my link on somewhere) and I don't deserve it, but I like it. A special thanks goes to my Google friends who sign up and comment even though my gadget is a little broken.

Thanks to my small blog community, who come and write a comment for me each day, it is the best support any blogger can have. I do spend as much time as I can enjoying each of your incredible blogs and I try to put out a good blog each week for you to read. It takes a lot of time but it is worth it all when I read the lovely comments that you have given to me. PLEASE CONTINUE READING TO SEE MORE PICTURES

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Welcome All Pelicans


We are welcoming all Brown Pelicans to the Victoria Inner Harbour! It is so weird and I don't know why they are here in this wet, winter weather but it truly is wonderful to witness.


It is "w" week at ABC Wednesday Meme so you will see a lot of silly "w" words. You will have to click "read more" below. Please continue reading to see all the pictures...the link is below this....people don't see it ....

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pelican Sky Reflections



We are having Brown Pelicans visiting Victoria Inner Harbour. They must  have come from some southern busy harbour because they seem to not mind the planes and activity around them. They are incredibly fun to watch and everyone is enjoying them so much, we hope they stay all year.  This is a sky shot for Sky Watch Friday and I did get some amazing really really close ups of the Pelicans when they flew over my head.  Next week I will put those in.


Here  is a reflecting Wood Duck.
 Some nice sky watching shots from Sidney, B.C. All the photos enlarge and look much nicer in the lightbox if you click on them.
My wide angle seems to be quite distorted here.  I am putting in the break here as this post has a lot of photos and please click the read more to see the rest of them, lots more pictures....

Monday, December 10, 2012

Variety of Birds




Today it is time for a variety birds that I have seen this week.  (And no real text as I will do Wordless Wednesday.)  I almost will be wordless. I will try my best. It is v for variety week at ABC Wednesday. (The above bird is a leucistic Fox Sparrow).

                                     Harris Sparrow rare for the area
                    White-throated Sparrow, unusual bird here , please continue   
                                              reading the rest,  more pictures....

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Mud Puddle Sky

Time today to put in some sky reflection shots for Sky Watch and for Weekend Reflections.
We were on a nice walk at Goldstream and I noticed the mud puddles looked wonderful with these reflections.  



Then I wanted to visit some other weekend memes so I will put in some critters for Camera Critters. Please read more.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tigers and TBirds


Today it is a mixture of old and new photos.  These were taken some time ago when I met Suzi the tiger who lived nearby for a while.
She is so beautiful. Some people were afraid of her so she had to be moved away.  The fear was actually just in the minds of the people.
I am posting some photos for the letter "T" at the ABC Wednesday Meme. Below is Tower Point in the Metchosin area.
I also post each week for another meme I enjoy...Our World Tuesday.  It was started by Klaus Peter, a wonderful photographer who passed away and his meme, My World Tuesday, was continued on with the new name.
Klaus was helpful to me when I started blogging and he was an amazing person. I think his Flickr site is still up.
It was a thrill to see the Lapland Longspur out at Cattle Point. It is a rare bird for the area and is supposed to be a lot more south.
I always like to photograph the Trumpeter Swans, above are from the Red Barn area and below are in the fields at Cowichan.
This Trumpeter Swan lives all year at Esquimalt Lagoon.
These shots were taken this summer at Tofino, B.C.

Here is a shot of the curious Towhee in my backyard, I was in the blind and he came right up to me but I think  he could hear the shutter clicking. We saw a baby Towhee this spring so I guess they have a nest near here.  The baby seemed to sing a little tuneful song each night.

Varied Thrush ....we put out some apples for them and lure them over from the neighbours.

Caspian Terns out at Sidney Spit, I never got to see the Elegant Tern but he looked a lot like these anyway. 

Hummingbirds are such teeny tiny birds.  This one was on a line out on my deck last night...note the clothes pins.  Well there is a feeder nearby.
Turkey Vultures can be a little bored and peck at you unless you play the flower game with them.
 Tsartlip summer powwow.
 The Rowing Team out at the lake.

 These shots were taken near Tod Inlet.
 Below it is low tide at Moses Point.
 Big trees at Goldstream park.
Tugboats at Cowichan Bay.
 Wonderful fall colors on the trees at Koksilah.
Butchart Gardens below ..trees in fall colors.


And that is all for this blog.  Next week I am doing something totally different. It will be helpful so try to check back to see it.

The unusual birds this week are the Brown Pelicans but I have no luck in finding them along the shore by Ogden Point.  I did find the Harris Sparrow and the White-throated Sparrow at Hyacinth Park..


Thank you to these memes for allowing bloggers to share their story.  I may not remember to enter them all but this is the quick way for me to join in the memes as I have some difficulty with my eyes.



The Bird D'pot
Our World Tuesday
Sweet Shot Tuesday
Tuesday Tweets
ABC Wednesday
Nature Notes Wednesday
Outdoors Wednesday
Wild Bird Wednesday







 
edit note:  I sometimes have to republish after I see how many errors I made or links not working.  I list all the memes for the week now as I can only spend a short time on the computer as my eyes get tired. Such is life. 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.




Monday, November 19, 2012

So Many "Super" Photos

I found so many "S" photos I liked for the weekly memes I had a hard time to decide what to put in. This beach here is called South Beach it is next to Long Beach, Vancouver Island, B.C. ABC Wednesday is now at the "s" section so here we go with that theme. You can view the photos larger in the lightbox if you click on them they look much better there.
                  Nice scenery here.

 
       The photos below were taken at the Saanich Fair.  
 
 
                                                        Small dancers spin
                      At the Saanich Fair also. I love this picture above
                       and below is the squint.                  
Cobble Hill Fair below.....showing the sheep.
                                      The sheep were soft.       
                         Really small, short horses and more soft sheep.
                        
                    


                                  Salmon at Puntledge Hatchery
Logs at Sayward, B.C.
Spotted Towhee in my yard
                       I was in a blind and he walked slowly up to me, this                 was taken when he was at my feet, not cropped.


 
 
Spotted Sandpiper at Maber Flats
                                             Sora at Maber Flats
                         So difficult to get the Sora away from the branches.
                         Sooty Shearwater out on the boat, Sooke, B.C.
                         I am not sure it is a Sooty.  

                                     Stilts at Maber Flats
                                    Sea Lions at Race Rocks
                              Sea Lion skull
                                        Scaup at Kings Pond
                                 Sailboat at Swiftsure
 The House of Small, Emily Carr's family house, Victoria, B.C.
                                  Sombrio Beach near Sooke, B.C.
                      Sandcut Beach and falls, near Sooke, B.C.

                           These just smell so lovely.
                                  Pine Siskin on the feeder


I hope you enjoyed the photos this week and please come back again. I love to read comments to please leave me a note and I will visit  your blog.

All the birders are excited as two or more Snowy Owls have landed on Trial Island near here. I have not been able to see them yet.

Some of the unusual birds seen on the island this week  are:

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Brown Pelican, Clark's Grebe, Horned Lark, Mountain Bluebird, Snow Bunting, Swamp Sparrow, Townsend's Solitaire, Tropical Kingbird, Tundra Swan, White-throated Sparrow.

Other interesting birds that we see here at this time are:

American Kestrel, Ancient Murrelet, Canvasback, Eurasian Wigeon, Long-tailed Duck, Marbled Murrelet, Northern Harrier, Ring-Necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Trumpeter Swan, Western Grebe, Western Meadowlark and Wilson's Snipe.



Thank you to these memes for allowing bloggers to share their story.  I may not remember to enter them all but this is the quick way for me to join in the memes as I have some difficulty with my eyes.



The Bird D'pot
Our World Tuesday
Sweet Shot Tuesday
Tuesday Tweets
ABC Wednesday
Nature Notes Wednesday
Outdoors Wednesday
Wild Bird Wednesday







 
edit note:  I sometimes have to republish after I see how many errors I made or links not working.  I list all the memes for the week now as I can only spend a short time on the computer as my eyes get tired. Such is life. 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.




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