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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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Friday, May 11, 2018

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! I have so many new pictures I do not know where to start....

The Rhododendrons are all out in the parks....some pink for Pink Saturday and flowers for Floral Friday.

Below is someones house that they decorate with tulips each year.

Another picture of Playfair Park which is so full of camus thanks to the wonderful volunteers there who do all this work to remove the grasses and weeds and it is the most excellent place to see fields of camus.

My lilac has stars on it!

The osprey are mating and here is a picture for Black and White Weekend.

Also there is this little Red-tailed hawk who I see in Sidney every day.

I always wonder if he is Spunky the hawk who was raised by eagles.

For Sky Watch here is a little Yellow-rumped warbler with the always present branch in front of him.

For Weekend Reflections a shorebird below and the Cinnamon Teal also.

Today we found a little mink fishing in the water for Saturday's Critters.

Some birds for Anni at the Bird D'Pot.

The Quail and the Red-winged Blackbird that I forgot last week also. And my work is done! Thanks so much for continuing to read my little blog. I am so happy to have made friends with many kind people at Island Rambles Facebook also! I really enjoy knowing my readers and it has been a privilege to get to see your lives. I feel so blessed to have met you all in these last years and also want to thank my blogging friends for always coming to support me. This has been the most rewarding adventure for me and it is all because of you, the readers and friends.

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:
Sky Watch Friday
Floral Friday Fotos
The Weekend in Black White
Weekend Reflections
Saturday's Critters
Pink Saturday
The Bird D'Pot

Thanks so much to the hosts and thanks so much to all the wonderful readers and followers of this little blog of mine. I appreciate it so much. Readers please click on the links to see wonderful blogs and photos, also click on those who comment for their photos and blogs.


Enter Video Here:

Geese Flying 3 last below

Grosbeak at Feeder 3 below

Hummingbird on deck 4 below


  1. So gorgeous my eyes hurt!

    Love the little swimming mink. :)

  2. WOW!Great pictures,Nora!Best wishes!

  3. A Mink! I don't think I have ever seen a Mink
    All great photos. The house with the flowers is astonishing!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Your black and white is amazing! It's wonderful to think that could be Spunky :)

  5. What stunning flowers presented here, really beautiful. Happy Mother's Day~

  6. Hello, awesome post and photos. I love the cute mink swimming. Beautiful birds and flowers. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend. Happy Mother's Day!

  7. What an interesting collection of photos! The house with the tulips is incredible -imagine planting all those tulips probably every year to guarantee a good show.The Cinnamon Teal certainly stand out next to the more neutral-coloured Mallards. The little mink looks like a well-loved dog toy, all spiky and rough. The stylish quail would fit right in at Ascot or a royal wedding. Happy photos of the flowers, too.

  8. Wonderful variety of photos of nature's gems ~ the little mink is my favorite!

    Happy Mother's Day ~ xxx

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

  9. A lovely series! The tulip house is incredible :o

  10. I share your sentiments about blogging. It has brought a whole new dimension to my life which was totally unexpected. I am only sorry we live thousands of miles apart and it is unlikely our paths will cross other than in the world of blogging. Your post this week is very upbeat. Wonderful explosion of colour. Those tulips are quite amazing.

  11. Beautiful photos! I especially love the gorgeous tulips and the wildlife photos!

    Visiting from Pink Saturday!

    Have a great week!

  12. Oh, Nora, I hope that really is Spunky! I'm sure every British Columbian (and I'm still one at heart) is hoping that he is still alive. What a thrill to have seen his growth in the eagles' nest!
    Your flower photos are exquisite and too numerous for me to catalogue, so I'm for the birds...I love to watch osprey in the sky high above, the way they capture the thermals to lift them up for a better view of prey (vermin, I hope) down below!
    I haven't heard or seen anything on the news about flooding on The Island. I hope you haven't had any. We're planning a trip from southeastern Alberta to the coast next month and I'm trying to keep an eye on the floodwaters, as there are really only two routes from here to there, both affected by melting of the heavy snowcap.
    Thanks for sharing the beauty of Vancouver Island!
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  13. Marvelous captures!

  14. I am blown away by the tulip house. So spectacular! That must be so much work for them each year!

    I also adore the quail picture - I just want to reach out and squeeze them (gently)!

  15. Thanks so much for the comments here! I am overwhelmed about how you continue to come and read my blog after so many years! I read each comment and treasure them dearly. Thanks so much to the blogging community we have. I never joined Google+ but I do have a page at Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/IslandRambles

  16. You have definitely shared a most beautiful array of color & prettiness!! I can't imagine the house with all those tulips. And, as always...your birds...each and every ONE is outstanding. Thanks for adding your link with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

  17. Anonymous7:31 am

    Amazing collections of photos. Beautiful and colorful blossoms! So beautiful to see the house covered with beautiful tulips.
    Amazing videos:)

  18. One great photo after another. I really like the quail photo. I love their colors.

  19. Oh thanks again for the additional comments here! I am so happy to know you all!


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