before the leaves fall

Sunday was a beautiful day, quite likely the last summery day of the year (I hope I’m proved wrong!). It seems like overnight the leaves have started to turn, so I wanted to share some iPhone pics from Sunday morning when everything still looked like summer.

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walking to the beach

There are a lot of beaches to check out between Sooke and Port Renfrew.  To get to most of them you have to walk through beautiful forests (downhill all the way, some of the uphill walks on the way back were a killer on the thighs!).

Salal

Salal, an evergeen, is the most common shrub in the BC coastal area.  This was on the walk to China Beach.

trail between Botany Bay and Botanical Beach

Trail between Botany Bay and Botanical Beach.

walk to Sandcut Beach

Walking to Sandcut Beach

walking to beach at Orveas Bay

Sun streaming through the trees on the walk to the beach at Orveas Bay

Let’s Go For A Walk in the Woods Today

A collection of a few of my favourite pics taken while walking in the woods…

Rainforest Trail, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island

Rainforest Trail, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island

Maui Garden of Eden walk on the road to Hana

Maui Garden of Eden walk on the road to Hana

Great Bear Rainforest walk

Great Bear Rainforest walk

Cypress Hills

Cypress Hills

Algonquin Park sunset in Ontario

Algonquin Park sunset in Ontario

Thanksgiving Day Morning Walk

I went for a walk this morning with the intention of finally getting some fall pictures and was happy to discover a beautiful maple tree I’ve never noticed before behind Darke Hall at the University of Regina’s College Avenue Campus…

College Avenue Campus

College Avenue Campus, University of Regina

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winter is not my favourite season, but it still can be pretty

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

It could be a long winter here. We’ve had snow since the end of October. A lot of snow. We’ve had freezing rain, too, making walking and driving treacherous at the best of times.  It’s been cold, too. I’ve never lived anywhere but in this province, where we experience all the seasons, and as much as I complain about the cold and snow and chapped lips and dry air and itchy skin, there is still beauty to be seen.

I can’t say I’m a Yoko Ono fan, but I like this quote:

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
Yoko Ono

These are some winter pics I’ve taken over the last few weeks:

bitofcolourinwinter

temperature on Boxing Day at my parents

temperature on Boxing Day at my parents

cloudstreak

moon on Boxing Day

moon on Boxing Day

grey

grey morning

It’s a grey morning here today… it matches the sky in these pictures from my trip to Banff at the end of October. These were taken on the drive from Kananaskis to Banff which is really scenic (even on a dull, grey, snowy morning).