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Monday, January 08, 2018

Starting Over

We are starting over at the ABC Wednesday Link Up! We are at the letter "a".   Today I have an Anise Swallowtail Butterfly and

here are two Anna's Hummingbirds.  These are for Macro Monday. The Swallowtail was taken in the warm summer months but the Anna's are out on my deck all winter.

Here are some American Robins eating the berries over in Oak Bay taken while we looked for the Redpolls.

The American Coast Guard was at the dock downtown the other day.

For Our World Tuesday I give you some photos from the Butchart Gardens evening lights fantastic. Their lights are so amazing!  This is the Chinese Dragon display.   This dragon was given to the gardens to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Victoria and the city of Suzhou in Jianqsu Province, China.

This is the Milk Maids from the Eight Maids-a-milking from the song Twelve Days of Christmas. They have a Magic of Christmas Walk where the kids pick out the items in the Twelve Days of Christmas.

For Wild Bird Wednesday I have the Redpolls.  Hundreds of Redpolls have come to town.

Also just for fun a beautiful Varied Thrush out at Goldstream.

For Nature Notes Tuesday some sleepy shorebirds and a curious little otter who was at Cowichan while we looked for eagles.

For Good Fences Thursday I have a lovely horse behind his fence.

On Facebook you can see my Island Rambles Page where I post frequently. I post videos frequently on my Island Rambles YouTube Channel also. You can find me on Twitter here.
Today I am linking to:

MacroMonday 2
Nature Notes Tuesday
Our World Tuesday
Wild Bird Wednesday
ABC Wednesday
GoodFences Thursday
Thanks to all the hosts!


  1. Your photos are fantastic and I adore the otter. What a cutie!

  2. Just incredible, isn't it, to just look around at our beautiful world.

  3. Great set of photos.

  4. The Varied Thrush is gorgeous, and the otter utterly otterly. I have always loved otters.
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  5. Great post Nora...no redpolls here but juncos and lots and lots of goldfinch.....Michelle

  6. The Butchart Gardens look enchanting at this time of the year. Lots of wildlife to enjoy as well.

  7. Your photos - yet again - are just magnificent! You live in a natural paradise. Thanks for your comment about the dogs - they are fine and enjoying the colder weather.

  8. Wow great photos Nora. Love your Anna Hummingbird, we sure don't get her here in Kentucky but I love your pics. Great seeing the redpolls since we don't see them either. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous birds and other pics. Have a good week.

  9. Ciao Nora, with these photos it's just a nice start, happy new year to you!

  10. You hit all the memes with this post!

  11. Beautiful pictures, not only the macro, which has phantastic colors!

  12. Favorite is the seal ~ all wonderful photography ~ macro and night shots ~ delightful post!

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. Anonymous10:22 am

    Nora, I like all of your photos in this post of yours, they're absolutely great!

    We have what seems like a million birds everyday coming outside our home seeing my wife feeds them, which gives us great delight!

  14. you have AWESOME place
    i loved this stunning butterfly!!!

  15. Quite a variety today!! I am always up for otter pics.

  16. I am glad to see you've decided to stick in our meme for a next round, so I am looking forward to much more of those gorgeous photo's

    Have you grabbed your award jet?
    Take a look at: https://abcwednesday.com/2018/01/08/grab-your/

    Have a splendid ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (ABC-W-team)

  17. Lots of great photos. Loved, The Hummingbirds, the Thrush & the Otter.

  18. Awesome photos, all. I love how the otter posed and gave you a sweet smile.

  19. Nora - thanks for visiting my blog - I wanted to let you know that your comments did come through!

    I have never heard of or seen a Varied Thrush - the coloring is out of this world. And how lucky you are to see an otter - aren't they always entertaining?

  20. Such lovely photos, the birds are especially striking!

  21. Wonderful pictures! I love the cute otter!

  22. A very nice way to start the alphabet - I think that may be the first time I have seen a picture of a varied thrush. Great looking bird.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  23. Oh my gosh that otter just makes my heart so happy!!! We saw the Butchart Gardens between Christmas and New Year's one year, way too long ago. (Our youngest son, now 55, was in college, so really it was eons ago). We had a coupon to stay at the Empress, which was wonderful and then we stopped in Seattle where he was in school and stayed in some dump of a hotel near campus, which cost us as much as the Empress had (with the coupon). I've never forgotten that or the beauty of the gardens either.

  24. Wow thanks so much for visiting me! It is like a gathering of all my old blog friends here today. I love it! I am slowly getting the time to visit your blogs and catch up. I missed you all so much.

  25. Thanks so much for these lovely comments. I will reply on each of your blogs as time permits. I appreciate your comments so much.


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