Thankful Thursday

I realize I’m posting this on Tuesday, but the pictures were taken last Thursday,  with great thankfulness.  You see, I feel a little humble posting this, when the rest of the continent is in the grip of deep cold, ice and snow, wind, and double digit negative temperatures.   I have to say that even by a West Coaster’s standards, this was a pretty nice day for January.  These pictures were taken on our walk last Thursday to a place called McKenzie Bight.

19 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday

  1. Kate Wood says:

    Great photos Dawn! I love them! McKenzie Bite is absolutely beautiful…one of my dad and my favourite hikes!

  2. DM says:

    beautiful! Thank you for sharing. DM

  3. I need to find a way to visit Vancouver Island again soon.

  4. Lovely, absolutely lovely… I feel a sense of tranquility just looking at the pics. Although I live in two distinct and very picturesque places, I am reminded that it is good for the soul to step outside of the everyday and just enjoy a different sense of place.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. I agree. That day was a step out of the routine for us, and something we’ve all referred back to, especially since we’ve been in fog or drizzle ever since.

  6. df says:

    What gorgeous and evocative photos; the sunlight through the trees is quite special. And those views! I haven’t been to your part of the world in about 20 years and you’ve just re-inspired me. Because we have family to visit in the UK we never head west, always east of where we are, but I’d so love to find a way to get out there. Thanks for the quick trip!

    • I know what you mean – we have family on the East Coast, and most of our vacation time over the years has been on trips back there. We’ve done one trip around the interior of BC when the girls were younger, through a number of diverse areas, that my husband had never seen before, despite living here for the last 30 years. And the only time I’ve been to your neck of the woods was when my aunt lived in Shanty Bay near Barrie – back when I was about 7.

  7. Bill says:

    Wow. What a beautiful place for a hike.

    • It’s an amazing place to live. I am within one hours drive of some of the most famous hiking trails in the world, and there are literally dozens of small hikes like this one within 5 minutes of here. We take this beauty for granted quite a bit, but Thursday was one of those days when I sat up and noticed.

  8. PetKid says:

    On the fungus and moss photo, it looks like it has a deformed face! Those photos are really cool. I want to move to a waterfront property some day; what’s it like where you live? 🙂

    • Yes, my girls noticed it was like a weird face too.

      Where I live – hmmm. Well, our climate is much less extreme than yours. Coastal BC has mild winters and relatively mild summers. It rains a lot. A lot. This area is part of what’s considered a rain forest, so trees grow quickly and to a very large size. Mostly conifers, though big leaf maples and arbutus proliferate in certain areas. No humidity, thanks to being close to the ocean. The island has no poisonous snakes, and only 2 dangerous spiders, though there are plenty of cougars, bears, coyotes and some wolves. We get earthquakes here, as we are on the so-called Ring of Fire. Forest fires are a worry in the summer. Beaches on the west coast of the island are sandy, where they get pounded by the Pacific, but on the East side of the island, where most people live, or on the mainland across from us, beaches are mostly pebbly, though there are exceptions. The population density on the island is around 1 million, half of those people live in the Victoria area, the rest live in communities up the east side of the island. If you want to own waterfront property here, you better start saving your nickels – we have the second highest housing prices in Canada. Worth every cent, too.

      • PetKid says:

        Wow, thanks for all that information, that’s a long reply! What is an arbutus tree? I’ve never heard of that. Where you live sounds like a nice place to be, even with the rain. I’m not surprised that waterfront properties cost that much, because everybody wants some. What’s your favourite thing about where you live? I love being in the country, I don’t ever want to move back to a city. Thanks again! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  9. Arbutus is pretty much unique to my part of the world. There is a tree very similar to it in coastal Greece. Here is some info on the arbutus here in BC:

  10. Hmmm, my favourite thing about where I live? It has a little bit of everything – and it’s all within easy reach. I can enjoy theatre or a fine dinner in the city and be back on my little farm in the country less than an hour later. I can go on a coastal hike like the one I picture here any day – this one is a 15 min drive from my house. I can swim in the ocean in the summer, and …well, in the winter, only rarely do we get enough to make a good snowman. Maybe that’s the one down side.

  11. Lovely photos – they really capture the mysterious something that makes this a special place…

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