Welcome to the Island Rambles Blog

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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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Raccoons and Fish

Baby raccoons are so cute!  I found a family of raccoons in Beacon Hill Park a while ago.  The mom would bring the whole pack of about six babies to the water for a drink.  I put this to black and white for Black and White Weekend. They were very curious about me, and they wanted to stay and stare at me and mom wanted them to drink and to leave. (I was looking for a Tanager, found raccoons).
The mom made many little calls and whistles to her crew of babies, they ignored her and stared at me a lot. There was fresh water for them to drink but they mostly played and climbed trees and stared. The raccoon baby and the deer baby are for the Critter memes.  I found this baby deer up island near where we put our trailer in Parksville.  The baby deer was not afraid either.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cowichan Cedar Waxwings

We went to Cowichan the other day for a drive.  Cowichan is from a Coast Salish word that means "land warmed by the sun" and it was really warm that day.  There is a nice tourist area of local shops and docks. Also there is a great little museum and long dock.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sunsets for Weekends

This is the lake near where I live.  It is called Beaver Lake. Sunset is really early right now.  I took this photo a few days ago. These shots are for Weekend Reflections and Sky Watch.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bears and Birds

This week it is Bears and Birds.  This fall I got way to close to a bear that we call Big Pappy near Campbell River.We just named him that as we have seen him so much. I had another bear coming by on the other side of me so the video is very short. And it was quite late in the evening.  Not on tripod, hand held so I can move fast. It is best on full screen.  He seems to stare directly at me at one point and I was a little worried.  I was not in a covered blind or anything, he could see me.  You can't crop in on video so it is as close as it was with the lens full out.  It shakes a little but overall one of my better captures.  I have several more bears to put in sometime.  I have about a hundred videos to do.  The top shot is not cropped.

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much better if you enlarge to HD

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Weekend Meme Delights

Just a weekend mix of memes and photos.  The one above will be good for Weekend Reflections and also for Mandarin Orange Monday.  It was taken at Beacon Hill Park and the leaves of the tree behind reflected on the water very nicely. The photo below was also taken at the same park and is a good photo for Mellow Yellow Monday.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Acorn Woodpecker Rare

We had an Amazing rare bird visitor a short while ago, an Acorn Woodpecker!  She was visiting a golf course nearby and collecting acorns and stashing them in the oak trees.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

A Sky Watching Life

Sky watching at the lake near where I live.  Just happened upon some good reflections lately at Beaver Lake.

This was taken at the same lake in the fall.