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A lovely warm day last week enticed us out for a long walk. We just took our usual route along the harbour and waterfront, and through Beacon Hill Park – plus coffee with a friend. A perfect autumn day.

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We were on the walkway along Dallas Road, very near Odgen Point, when we saw a small crowd watching something in the water below. The tide was high, so conditions were perfect for this pair of harbour seals (adult and juvenile) to feed on a school of tiny fish they had boxed in against the wall of the road/walkway. The younger one seemed to get bored once in a while and dart out to sea before coming back to help with the hunt. Perhaps it was actually rounding up escapees!

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Bobbing upside down to watch the prey and decide her next move…

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A beautiful bald eagle sits atop the Totem Pole in Beacon Hill Park. Once the tallest in the world, this majestic pole was restored in 2011. Read more here.

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Bright colour, dark sky – Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC.

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A yellowing ginkgo tree at the edge of a reflecting pond in Beacon Hill Park.

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Coffee, cappuccino, and hot chocolate while sitting outside in the sun at the new location of Discovery Coffee.

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Back home to Chinatown underneath this beautiful sky.

A wild and windy day in Victoria didn’t stop us from enjoying a long walk with dear friends George and Catriona. After filling our tummies with yummy brunch at Mo:lé, we headed out in the wind to walk our favourite harbour and seaside route. A stop at Fisherman’s Wharf allowed us a visit with the resident harbour seals, mom and pop and their baby which was so cute and half the size of its parents. Our second stop was at the beautiful totem pole in Beacon Hill Park which was restored last year to former glory, hopefully to share its beauty with us for many more decades. Cake and coffee followed at Trè Fantastico before we made our way back downtown.

The adults, so comfortable with the humans watching them, are waiting for someone to provide them some fish from the Fish Store on the dock.

One of the parents with baby (head poking out); couldn't get a shot of all three of them together.

It was incredible to be standing beside the Totem Pole yesterday as it was swaying so much in the gusting wind.

So beautiful up close too!

Totem Plaque.