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.

Cathedral Grove

One of my favorite places, the Cedar trees of Cathedral Grove, a highly visited Provincial park located  between Coombs and Port Alberni BC.  On this day it was sunny,  I think it looks better in the shade.  More mysterious. This photo was taken on the less visited trail.