A Visit to Musgrave Road

Today was the first really hot day of summer: anywhere with pavement was to be avoided at all costs! I ventured out Musgrave Road today which is on the South end of the island. The road is fairly treacherous at times but if you take it slow in low-gear then, chances are, there won’t be any mishaps! I wanted to photograph a set of falls that I have been visiting for over a decade at various times of the year to see what sort of changes come about with the different levels of water that flow through during the different seasons.

I was well rewarded with low water levels that allowed me to set up my tripod right in the stream where I could compose photos that would otherwise have been impossible. The gully was beautifully cool compared with the rest of the island and the water was just the right temperature so that I could wade along in my sandals and enjoy the refreshing feel of the water flowing over my feet and ankles. The water won’t be flowing much longer now that summer is finally here so I’m very glad that I had the opportunity to venture out today and enjoy the last trickles until the Fall!

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Megaliths at Booth Bay

The skies lately have been turbulent and varied: bright blue & clear one minute followed by wispy clouds the next and then onto puffy, cotton candy-like cumulus…typical of the West Coast! I decided to wander down along the shores of Booth Bay to explore the cloudscapes and found myself getting lower and lower down on the beach, practically belly crawling, to get dramatic, low-angle photos of some of the more interesting rocks with the clouds as a distant backdrop.

We’re heading into the summer season and the somewhat monotonous days of nothing but clear blue skies. Sure, a welcome change from the months of grey, overcast conditions but I like a little bit of something to break up those huge blue expanses once in a while!

A Bit of This and That

An early morning stroll through the Saturday Market yielded some much welcome rewards: a few prints by a local artist Gillian Gandossi for my sister’s upcoming birthday as well as a few pieces of pottery by Louise Goodman to add to my collection.

I enjoy cooking: the preparation, execution and, of course, presentation & eating! This varied set of small & medium bowls along with a serving platter are great to use for all of the above. Roasted red pepper & tomato soup with basil pesto; fresh honeydew melon; clean-up and a plate of dry potato & carrot curry with peas. Bottom photo: Louise at the Market

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Back Home on SSI

After my somewhat lengthly stay in Vancouver, I returned home to Salt Spring to find our friendly Rufous Hummingbirds had returned from their winter sojourn down south. We now have a very happy and active couple that are nesting nearby as well as our resident Anna’s Hummingbird who seems to have found her own mate for the season. I expect to be seeing some baby hummers sometime soon: what a treat that will be!

The males have their full mating plumage grown back after a low-key winter with more subdued throat plumage. The feathers are incredibly irridescent and seem to change from moment to moment as the light hits them from different angles…a tiny flash of red or gold buzzing by lets you know there is a rufous about!