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It’s been drizzling the last few days so thought I’d post some pics from finer days last week.

One of our local SALTS training vessels with the magnificent Olympic peninsula behind.

One of our local SALTS training vessels with the magnificent Olympic peninsula behind.

Beacon Hill Park in Victoria BC: every week brings new colours, ever-changing landscapes to explore. I'm looking forward to some summer picnics this year.

Beacon Hill Park in Victoria BC: every week brings new colours, ever-changing landscapes to explore. I’m looking forward to some summer picnics this year.

Fields of unending camas.

Fields of unending camas.

Another lovely prospect in Beacon Hill Park.

Another lovely prospect in Beacon Hill Park, camas creating a purple hue through the meadow.

Found this glorious Rhododendron while running an errand. I thought their season had ended, but this one was still in its full splendor.

Found this glorious Rhododendron while running an errand. I thought their season had ended, but this one was still in its full splendor.

The first California poppies we've see this year.

The first California poppies we’ve see this year.

The first wild rose we see along Dallas Road. The scent is magnificent!

The first wild rose we see along Dallas Road. The scent is magnificent!

Picking out nesting sites in the big trees by the stone bridge.

Picking out nesting sites in the big trees by the stone bridge.

This one was trying to break off willow branches.

This one was trying to break off willow branches.

On our usual walk along Dallas Road, just below Beacon Hill Park, on a grey but perfect spring day we saw this lovely view looking toward Washington State. Too bad the ship was not under sail!

Perfect silhouette on the horizon.

Perfect silhouette on the horizon.

Was delighted by this scene at Beacon Hill Park; so many colours for a mid-January day!

Was delighted by this scene at Beacon Hill Park; so many colours for a mid-January day!

From a distance, I thought this tree was experiencing an early bloom. Upon closer inspection, I find it covered with berries in shades of pink and white.

From a distance, I thought this tree was experiencing an early bloom. Upon closer inspection, I find it covered with berries in shades of pink and white.

Such a splendid sunny day, and a lot of folk out enjoying it. Just took our usual route along the waterfront and through the park, but always new things to see!

Happy to still see the festive decorations; light tree in front of the Empress Hotel.

Happy to still see the festive decorations; light tree in front of the Empress Hotel.

Pretty white berries make me long for snow.

Pretty white berries make me long for snow.

Beautiful light today; beautiful colours, red, blue, green.

Beautiful light today; beautiful colours, red, blue, green.

Cedar Waxwings!

Cedar Waxwings!

Nice day for a sail! From Dallas Road at Douglas.

Nice day for a sail! From Dallas Road at Douglas.

Oh no, GJ stepped inside a fairy circle!

Oh no, GJ stepped inside a fairy circle!

Pretty little grouping of flora and fungi.

Pretty little grouping of flora and fungi.

Here are a few random shots of the autumn colour around Beacon Hill Park.

View of Saint Ann’s Academy from Southgate.

Rusty tree gate.

Small burst of red.

Before we moved downtown, we lived on a two-acre wild place. There were too many outside expectations to tame it, make it fit into some convention. So we left and moved into our beautiful downtown space. Luckily, we can still find a bit of wild here and there. At Beacon Hill Park, 200 acres in the middle of the city, there seems to be a growing trend to leave some parts of the park wild and the grasses long. Native wildflowers are left to go to seed in some areas before partial mowing takes place. Blue Herons have been roosting in one section of the park for many years as well as at least one pair of Bald Eagles. A small forested area near the waterfront is being refurbished with native plants. We walk through this park often and delight in all its beauty, manicured or wild.

Long grass, deciduous trees and dappled sunlight.

If not for the little red car in the background, you can imagine you are in the middle of nowhere.