Goats on the Roof at Coombs Old Country Market

I could not get a photograph of the goats because we left our campground early this morning and the goats were not out as yet, but here are two links regarding these goats.

http://www.visitparksvillequalicumbeach.com/things-to-do-coombs-old-country-market-goats-on-the-roof

Here is a link to a video of the goats on the roof..

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Goats+On+the+Roof+Canada&&view=detail&mid=013DF7B84F9B652AC794013DF7B84F9B652AC794&FORM=VRDGAR

 

Champagne Bubbles Icelandic Poppy

This little poppy, called Champagne Bubbles, is peeking out from behind annual Cosmos.  This poppy has been quite a challenge for me to grow.  It was purchased as one of many perennials for a new garden, and was first planted this year in a different location. I was excited when it formed many flower buds but then they began to drop off, 5 in all. I wondered if they were being chewed off.   At the same time I had a new day lily which looked like it was not going to bloom so I dug up the poppy and the lily and exchanged places.  And wouldn’t you know that the poppy is now blooming and growing new buds, and the day lily is forming a flower stalk.

Hot Day at French Beach

The photo above was taken at French Beach west of Sooke BC.  It was a very hot day in July and what looked like steam was rising from the over-heated sand exposed at low tide.  Families were building things in the sand, or walking along the beach.

French Beach is a Provincial Park about an hour west of Victoria BC.  There is a lovely campground and a large parking area for day visitors.  The trail to the beach is downhill but paved, and at the bottom of the hill next to the beach is a grassed area with playground, picnic tables and pit toilet.

French Beach is a wonderful place for a day trip but if you plan to spend the night in the campground bring warm clothes because this campground is in the fog zone and can be cold in early morning.

Great Blue Heron Fishing..

The photo above and the one following were taken from the walking path beside the river at Goldstream Provincial Park beside the Malahat Highway on Vancouver Island.  This heron was only a few feet away from me, and so intent on fishing that it either didn’t know I was there or else ignored me. I was behind a bush but not completely out of sight.

The photo below is a closer look.  In a previous post I noticed those brown feathers on the top of the wing and thought that it was an injury, but now it is obvious that this color is natural on herons.

There are many Great Blue Herons in this area but this is the closest encounter I have had.

Providing Food for Bees

We have White Dutch Clover in our lawn.. why do I not want to remove it?  Because it provides food for bees.  This photo, taken late yesterday afternoon, is reason enough for me to keep the clover.

I wrote a longer post regarding reasons to have clover on my other blog called Directing My Steps.  Here is the link:

https://directingmysteps.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/in-praise-of-clover/

 

Wild Flowers on Canada Day

For Canada Day my husband and myself went for a bicycle ride on the Somenos Dike Trail in the Cowichan Valley.  The wildflowers are in abundance now and it was lovely.  Above is blue Flax.  Just beautiful waving in the wind.

I think the pink flower below might be a wild Mallow, that is what the bud looks like.  Not nearly as large a flower as cultivated Mallow but the abundance made up for it.

Below is Queen Anne’s Lace.  I think that it is beautiful.

I am not sure what the dark pink flower below is.  I thought it might be wild Phlox but wild Phlox is blue not pink.

It is a blessing that on the Somenos Dike Trail the Municipality of North Cowichan does not mow the sides of the dike, thus providing a home for the wildflowers and whatever insect benefits by them.

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

The photo above was taken one Sunday morning a couple of years ago.  The sight of a red sun almost shrouded by the smoky haze gave an almost apocalyptic appearance.  There were several forest fires in the area and thus the effect on the sun’s appearance.  The morning clouds are faintly seen and have a pinkish appearance as well.

First and Last Flower

This little Cobweb Sempervivum succulent plant is putting forth its first and last flower on this stalk, such beauty at the end of its life.  You can see many little stalks coming forth to take its place.  After all the little flowers have bloomed this stalk will be removed to make way for the new little ones.

Early Morning Clouds

The last two days in the Cowichan Valley have been very hot, in the 80sF.  Today it is cooler, thank the Lord, and a breeze is blowing.  Above photo is of the clouds about 6:00am this morning.  I wish I could have captured the silver edges of the clouds.

Visiting Kin Beach in Chemainus, BC

Most people come to the town of Chemanus BC on Vancouver Island to view the murals for which the town is famous for, but there is a hidden treasure that few of these visitors see.  In old town there is a lovely beach called Kin Beach.  It is not sandy at low tide as Qualicum Beach is, but it is shallow and very safe for children.  It also has a view of gulf islands in the distance and a lovely lighthouse that you can walk out to when the tide is at its lowest point.

The photo below is the view just to the west.  These hilltop homes have a beautiful view of the beach. 

The rocks and wheat grass below provide lovely textures at the entrance to the path leading down to the  beach.

I noticed the little face in the knot of this tree as soon as we parked the car.  The eyes which were brass screws were very shiny.

Parent and Child

The photo above of a crow parent and child was taken through the front window of our car at Quamichan Lake.  As we drove into the parking lot I saw this young crow nuzzling his parent and couldn’t resist a photo as the parent was very patient.  The photo below was taken after I exited the car, surprisingly they didn’t fly away.  I do think that the parent crow is a male, he has that manly look, but I could be wrong.