Our Message In A Bottle Tossed Back To Sea

Our Message In A Bottle Tossed Back To Sea

jean holds message in a bottle over side of BC ferry

I was filled with anticipation when Bob and I boarded the B.C. ferry returning to Horseshoe Bay from Vancouver Island because it was from the ferry that I planned to cast adrift our Message in a Bottle.  It had been over a year since we found the bottle that contained an inspiring message from its authors. Read more

A Black-billed magpie in Kamloops, British Columbia

A Black-billed magpie in Kamloops, British Columbia

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After spending a few days on Vancouver Island, Bob and I returned to the mainland for a trip to the interior.  During a brief stay in Kamloops, we were lucky enough to see a number of Black-billed Magpies (Pica hudsonia) congregated outside of our hotel. Read more

A Cooper’s hawk after a wet night in Comox

A Cooper’s hawk after a wet night in Comox

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On our morning outing to Comox from Bowser, British Columbia, Bob and I stopped at the edge of the Salish Sea.  Nothing much was stirring in the Sound, so we walked into an adjacent brushy area and came upon a very wet Cooper’s Hawk. Read more

Taking A 1941 Chevy Business Coupe For A Spin

Taking A 1941 Chevy Business Coupe For A Spin

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After spending a couple of days visiting with Bob’s sister, Claire, and her husband, Martin, in Bowser, British Columbia, Martin suggested it was time to roll out his 1941 Chevy Business Coupe and take it for a spin.  I was thrilled as I have always had a love of vintage automobiles right from the time I was a little girl. Read more

American Wigeon Ducks Along The Shore At Comox

American Wigeon Ducks Along The Shore At Comox

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The objective of our drive to Comox from Bowser, British Columbia, was to find and photograph Bald Eagles.  As we observed a pair of those magnificent birds of prey just offshore, we became aware of a considerable flock of American Wigeon Ducks scooting along the shore of the Salish Sea right in front of Bob and me. Read more

Bald Eagles Along The Shore Near Comox

Bald Eagles Along The Shore Near Comox

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When visiting relatives in Bowser, British Columbia, in early January, we were fortunate to have clear sunny weather for a couple of days in a row.  It was one misty morning, however, when we took a drive to nearby Comox in the hopes of seeing some Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).  We were not disappointed. Read more

California Sea Lions At Fanny Bay, Vancouver Island

California Sea Lions At Fanny Bay, Vancouver Island

California Sea lions at Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island in B.C. , Canada

After arriving in Bowser the previous evening, Bob and I were eager to greet the first day of our stay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. We were thrilled that Bob’s sister Claire, and husband Martin planned to take us snowshoeing on Mount Washington, which required a drive along the coast through Fanny Bay.  That is where Martin urged us to pull over so we could see the huge colony of California Sea Lions that had congregated there. Read more

Bald Eagles At Deep Bay On Vancouver Island

Bald Eagles At Deep Bay On Vancouver Island

Two bald eagles sitting in a tree at Deep Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Morning walks are the ritual for my sister-in-law, Claire, and her husband, Martin, and from their home in Bowser, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island, they have a variety of options open to them, but no matter which direction they choose to go, they almost always spot one or two Bald Eagles in the treetops. Read more

Sandhill Cranes foraging for food at Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Sandhill Cranes foraging for food At Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Sandhill cranes feeding at Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC, Canada

As Bob and I were coming near the end of our visit to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, we thought we had seen the best of what the protected area had to offer that day, a variety of ducks, Lesser Snow Geese, Spotted Towhees and scores of Great Blue Herons, to name a few, but the best was yet to come.  As we rounded a bend in the trail, our eyes fell on several Sandhill Cranes foraging for bits of food in the brilliant sunshine. Read more

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