You know you are having a relaxing vacation when….

I’ve seen hummingbirds before, of course.  But, added up, over the course of six days at Orveas Bay, hours were spent just watching three hummingbirds come and go at the feeder. I didn’t realize how entertaining they can be – they chased each other away from the feeder and around the yard and then would zoom back in for a quick feed.  Finally, I got a shot of one in a moment of stillness. What a pretty bird….

hummingbird profile

anticipation

waiting

China Beach, Vancouver Island

These kids had such fun anticipating the waves and then running away from them, laughing the whole time.  The older girl never let go of their hands.  It was fun to watch.

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Since daisies are my favourite flowers, I was thrilled to see so many wild daisies at Orveas Bay Resort.  One morning I spent about an hour with my camera just trying to capture them in different ways.  Here’s one…

featured daisy….and to continue from yesterday’s post, after I thought about what I wrote, I realized a lot of people actually don’t even check luggage anymore when they are flying, they just fit everything into their carry on, so they don’t have to worry about packing emergency undies!  I have to admit, I get annoyed by people who spend five minutes trying to jam their questionably sized carry on luggage into the overhead bin and then practically knock someone out when they are trying to un-jam (not sure that’s a word) it from the bin when they are getting off the plane.  I like to keep it simple and have small enough carry on that it fits under the seat in front of me so I can just grab and go when the plane lands.  That’s my pet peeve about flying, but perhaps I’m just jealous that I tend not to have that simplistic packing attitude when it comes to packing my suitcase and could never fit all my “stuff” in a small carry on sized suitcase!!!

Lunch Spot

This was a scenic, unique place to eat lunch today! It’s at Botany Bay/Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew. There are two ways to reach it – you can take the rainforest trail until you reached the beach and then scamper up a few boulders or you could take the shoreline route which is shorter but a little more treacherous climbing over rocks for about half a kilometre but the reward is seeing all the different tide pools full of little clams and other treasures. Usually I’m a bit of a scaredy cat and didn’t want to take the shoreline route at first , but I had a little chat with myself and decided if the 75 year old German tourist that just passed me could do it, I could too!!! We took the rainforest trail on the way back and it was a scenic walk too. I should have pics of both to post when I get home… (And the sandwiches from the deli at the grocery store in Sooke were delicious!).

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vacation

I work today then I’m on vacation for a little over a week – going to one of my favourite places, Vancouver Island.  This picture was taken near Tofino at Mackenzie Beach a couple of years ago.  That isn’t the destination this time, although I’d love to go back there. I’m really looking forward to seeing a different part of the Island and hopefully having some pics to share when I get home.

near Tofino

Sunset Silhouettes @ English Bay

English Bay in Vancouver is one of my favourite places. These shots are from a beautiful Friday evening in June where it seemed like everyone was just happy to be outside enjoying the longest day of the year, watching the sunset at English Bay.  I focused in on these two as I found his body language interesting.  A couple? Friends? First date?

perfect first evening of the summer

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Maui Morning

It’s still cold here.  I’ve gone out and about taking pictures in the cold a few times, but I’m not really inspired at the moment.  So, I’m back to looking through my photo library and at this time of year, my pics from Maui are the ones that stand out.  These are all from Kaanapali Beach at the Royal Lahaina Resort.  It’s a beautiful beach.  One of my favourite memories about that trip was every night at about 10 o’clock we’d walk down to the beach and sit on the sand and look up at the stars and listen to the ocean.  There rarely was anyone else on the beach at that time of night, and I feel like all the people who were visiting there, and didn’t do that, were missing out. It was very peaceful.

Because of the time difference, it felt like we were sleeping in until 11am, but we were really getting up at 7, so we’d get up and go for a walk around the golf course or on the beach.  I would love to go back to Maui someday.

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