Green across the seasons

Spring has sprung by the calendar (at least in the northern hemisphere).

Has it sprung In nature too where you are? It’s coming along slowly here. But of course one can always find spring  (and summer, autumn, even winter) green in one’s photo collection.

It was fun looking for photos of green this week (challenge – It IS Easy Being Green). I found a little green in every season.

SPRING GREEN

SUMMER GREEN

AUTUMN  GREEN

WINTER GREEN

Atop Maxwell Mountain

A few years ago we spent almost a week of our summer vacation on Salt Spring Island (British Columbia, Canada). A highlight for us (literally) was a drive up Maxwell Mountain.

At the top of the mountain is a long guardrail along which you can get some stunning views of the surrounding land and seascape. Here are some of the shots I captured one sunny day in August of 2012.

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View from Maxwell Mountain, Salt Spring Island, BC (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

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The cliffs just beyond the guard rail were steep and treacherous.  (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

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More Gulf Islands were visible from the top of Maxwell Mountain. (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

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Farmland and a sheltered bay, seen from the top of Maxwell Mountain (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

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Salt Spring Island farmland stretches across the island to the Pacific Ocean (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

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This post is linked to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, where the topic this week is ATOP.

The road taken—and framed

The photo challenge this week—“The road taken” gets a big YES from me! I’m always finding surprises and delights at the end of my lens, making any photographic outing a worthwhile road taken.

One aspect of taking photos that I enjoy as much as finding the subject is composing within a natural frame. Sometimes I see that frame when I take the picture. At other times it becomes obvious first when I download the photos on my computer. So I guess you could say that the process of framing or cropping to frame subjects within their setting is an additional pleasant surprise of the road taken.

Here are a few framed photos of scenes along “the road taken.”

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The covered staircases of Trail B.C. (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

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Canoe on the Kettle River, Grand Forks, BC (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

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Boat in  Bellingham, Bay, WA (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

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Sunrise on the floodplain pond (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

This post is linked to The Daily Post, weekly photo challenge “The Road Taken (show us something that surprised or delighted you on the road taken).”

Perfectly matched

How about a game of beach volleyball…

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Volleyball at Spanish Banks, Vancouver, B.C. (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

followed by a burger and fries…

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(Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

topped off with pie and ice-cream?

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(Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

My responses to this week’s Photo Challenge “A Good Match” (photos of things that complement each other).

Creepy Crawly Western

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I photographed this spider and fly dust-up against the museum photo of an old town.  The backdrop and the action reminded me of an old western, so I put a  sequence together that tells a little story of the wild west.

This photo is linked to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. The challenge this week is Against the Odds – an unlikely moment, an unexpected victory, something that defies the odds.”

Shadow Stage

Sun is the spotlight, shadow the stage for this horse whisperer, performing at the Dawson Creek BC Rodeo, August 2016.

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Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo prompt is SHADOW. See more photographic interpretations of shadow HERE.

Fragrant Solitude

I’ve been pondering what to do with this blog… Delete it? Amalgamate it with another blog? Carry on as is in some fashion?

I’ve decided it’s the latter for now. But to add a weekly incentive to post, I’m joining a photo challenge. WordPress.com’s Weekly Photo Challenge is the one I picked.

This week the topic is SOLITUDE.

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Grace Aroma Diffuser (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

“Solitude is very different from a ‘time out’ from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other.” – Henri Nouwen

This aroma diffuser was a Christmas gift. I turn it on every morning (after an infusion of fresh water and a few drops of “Thieves” oil) and enjoy the aroma of cloves-lemon-cinnamon-eucalyptus-rosemary. This while I read my Bible, write my thoughts, and pray. It’s a wonderful several hours of daily solitude.

This post is linked to WordPress.com’s Weekly Photo Challenge SOLITUDE.

Enjoying the autumn leaves

Thursday Challenge – JOYFUL

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Tulips by the thousands! (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

This week’s photo challenge is “JOYFUL—any scene that is Joyful, Happy, Hopeful)

Fields of tulips always make me happy.  These were photographed in Abbotsford, B.C. this spring.

To see more photographic interpretations of JOYFUL, visit the links on this week’s Thursday Challenge page.

Next Week: JOYFUL (week 2 of 2) (Any scene that is joyful, happy, hopeful,…)

Lovely Creston, B.C.

We left Cranbrook shortly after lunch (July 12th) and motored the 108 km. to our next stop—Creston. As we neared the town we passed more and more fruit stands. We will pick up some cherries later, we promised ourselves.

After we got settled in our motel we wandered through the town. Murals, from smallish homey paintings to entire walls were photo bait I couldn’t resist.

This 1988 series is getting a little faded but continues to tell the story of logging in the community.

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Darlene MacDonald painted these murals about logging in Creston, dated 1988.

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Canyoun City Lumber Co., established in 1910.

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This panel depicts the relationship between the train and the horse–both essential to early logging.

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Another detail of the horse section of the mural.

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This panel pictures the logging arch. It eased the burden of the horses as logs were moved to the mills.

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The first logging truck. The introduction of trucks was a big logging advancement. (The above photos © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

The slide show, below, has more Creston murals and building art.

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After our walk we kept our promise to ourselves and drove to the edge of town where she stopped at the Margo’s Farm fruit stand. True to the sign, there were cherries of all the varieties listed plus more and the accommodating keeper of the stand let us sample each kind. We ended up choosing Raniers—a wonderful creamy-colored  sweet-tart variety of cherry—the best I had all year.

That evening we also drove Highway 21 to the U.S. border, which is very nearby. We didn’t have our passports on us so weren’t tempted to explore across the line.

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Border crossing into the U.S. just south of Creston, B.C. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Next morning we walked one of the trails of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA).

 

We climbed this viewing tower which yielded vistas from all directions.

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Viewing tower – CVWA (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

What we saw from the tower.

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(All photos © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Other treats on this walk were:

A heron sighting:

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Heron  (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

An osprey alighting on its platform nest:

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Osprey nest (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Wildflowers + bugs:

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Wildflowers and bug (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

This picturesque bridge:

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Pretty bridge on the CVWMA walk (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

The Visitor Centre. Its main room housed many lifelike stuffed animals, posed against murals of the natural landscape.

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Inside the CVWMA Visitor Center

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Then it was in the car again and off to the Kootenay Ferry.

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On the road again – in the beautiful Kootenay region of B.C. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

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