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One of my many jobs is with the Land Trust Alliance of BC. A few weeks ago the Executive Director and I took a field trip to visit one of our member land trusts, the Salt Spring Island Conservancy. Their office is situated at the Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve. We enjoyed very pleasant ferry rides to and from, a lovely lunch in Ganges overlooking the harbour, and a wonderful walk around the reserve. With the local bus, it’s easy to explore Salt Spring Island without a car. It was a most enjoyable day!

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The approach to Fulford Harbour. It’s just a 35-minute journey from Swartz Bay.

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Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve, Salt Spring Island. Once farmland, then a 9-hole golf course, now dedicated to nature and home to many species of animals and plants, many of which are endangered.

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A beautiful pond near the lake.

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Spring flowers all around.

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A shady spot by the creek. It was here I heard the song of a bird I had never heard before.

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Sitka columbine is just one of the many wild flowers growing at Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve, which has a native plant nursery on site.

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A fuzzy bee on a very beautiful iris. We had a few minutes to shop for snacks in Fulford Harbour before boarding the ferry home.

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Farewell Salt Spring Island, until next time.

After our big February snow last year, spring came in swiftly as it does on this wet, west coast. Here are some photos of highlights from Spring 2017:

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From snow to snowdrops, an early sign of spring.

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Lots of spring-time walks, urban, rural. This one with J in some lovely woodland in Royal Oak.

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The city comes alive with cherry and plum blossoms from late February until early April. This beautiful tree is in the Gardens at Government House.

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Continued love affair with our beautiful neighbourhood.

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In May, dear friends visit from Colorado.

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Made time for a treat at my favourite coffee establishments. Hey Happy on Johnson Street (left), and Hide + Seek on Oak Bay Avenue.

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As always, we spend time with the cats! Miss Bunny Drummond really loves GJ.

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One of my favourite designers opened a new shop on Johnson Street in June. No stranger to Victoria, John Fluevog opened an early store here in 1972. I’m happy he’s back!

Our walking outings have been providing a lot of bird sitings lately. On April 1, I reported that we saw what I thought was a flock of American Goldfinch. Further research in the bird book revealed that they were more likely Evening Grosbeak. I wish we had been able to get close enough to them to take some pictures. At the waterfront last week we saw two Hummingbirds and a pretty little brown bird I cannot identify. He was sparrow-sized, maybe slightly larger, quite evenly brown with a slightly crested head; very pretty. The coolest sighting lately were the two Black Oystercatchers in the picture below. We were very close to them and they weren’t bothered at all. Ah nature, even in the city it abounds.

Black Oystercatchers in the Inner Harbour, Victoria BC. Very distinctive red beaks.