Just down the trail a ways from the dryer in the forest there are deep ruts in the trail, presumably created by logging equipment some years ago. They fill with water in the winter, providing good puddle-dodging times for hikers and mountain bikers. Yesterday we were there as the light hit the puddles just so. [...]
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On winter afternoons, the light delights me. Can you resist it? This is the Gabriola Commons‘ boardwalk and the winter sky.
This is one of the views from Gabriola’s campground, Descanso Bay Regional Park. I stopped by to see if the eagles were at home today. They weren’t around, but this sailboat was.
When the light is right, when the clouds are right, when the day is right… then Gabriola waters almost blend into the sky. Very soothing.
In the 707, oxeye daisies are pretty much done for the year. But ah, look at those seeds!
Psst! Hey, Gabriola photographers — has BC Ferries pilfered your photos? The Hook blog at Tyee.ca reports that: Several participants on a ferry discussion website say British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. has used their photos of vessels without asking, paying or even providing credit.[continue] Well, hmph. If your photos of BC Ferries’ vessels are on [...]
Did you know that the Gabriola Commons has a labyrinth? Here it is. I think I prefer Gabriola’s spiral triskele, but the labyrinth is pretty impressive, too.
We’re looking out at Mudge Island from the picnic table at Brickyard Beach. The table’s covered with leaves and rain, and so are we!
It’s pouring on Gabriola today, but my dahlias soldier on, ignoring the rain.
One of the things I love about this time of year on Gabriola is dragonflies — they seem to be all over the place on sunny days in the forest. This dragonfly is an eight-spotted skimmer, I think: Libellula forensis.
Um, oops. What happened here? Did somebody manage to crash into the sign, or is it just another case of Gabriola vandals at work?
At the end of a Gabriola summer, we often find dozens of jellyfish washed up, dead, on the beach. These are Lion’s Mane jellyfish — the kind you hope never to meet while you’re swimming in the sea. They’re dead already when we find them on the rocks at Whalebone, right? So I took out [...]
I’m going to focus on sand, sea, and gooseprints. I’m going to ignore the current crop of Whalebone beach-campers, forget about sailing waits, and count down the minutes until school starts on Tuesday morning. Pass the shiraz, dear.
OK, beach-prowlers. What do you suppose this is? The photo was sent to me by a Gabriola blog reader who hopes you’ll know. Apparently the creature is about 9 inches long. Ideas?
Gabriola, I think they like it here.
This is the Gabriola forest, reflected in a drop of sap. I suppose it’s the summertime equivalent of the forest in a raindrop, a photo I showed you in January. Do you happen to know why some conifers ooze sap? Are they injured trees? Are insects attacking them? Or are they just unable to contain [...]
Breakfast at Whalebone.