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I have really been enjoying early morning walks lately. The light is so remarkable; the streets are coming to life. Here are a few shots from around the harbour in Victoria BC.

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Houseboats at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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The historic blue bridge catches a bit of sun peaking though the mist.

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Looking up from the lower causeway at an early-blooming pink-blossomed tree, with the carillon and Royal BC Museum behind.

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Colourful close up.

A few days ago was pretty much like a summer’s day here on the west coast. I had a little walk through Beacon Hill Park and found many flowers and so many shades of the brightest greens.

Beautiful Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC Canada.

Beautiful Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC Canada.

Yellow, purple, pink and white! South Park School is in the background.

Yellow, purple, pink and white! South Park School is in the background.

Shooting star!

Shooting star!

I love, love, love this colour of rhododendron.

I love, love, love this colour of rhododendron.

Pretty little daisies.

Pretty little daisies.

The horse chestnut trees are also now blooming. So majestic.

The horse chestnut trees are also now blooming. So majestic.

As they are just coming to an end, here are some pics of the fluffiest and pinkest blooms this season.

Fluffy pink, Chinese Public School, Chinatown, Victoria BC.

Fluffy pink, Chinese Public School, Chinatown, Victoria BC.

Fluffy pink, Chinese Public School, Chinatown, Victoria BC.

Fluffy pink, Chinese Public School, Chinatown, Victoria BC.

Dark pink, behind the Legislative Assembly buildings, Victoria BC.

Dark pink, behind the Legislative Assembly buildings, Victoria BC.

Our weather lately has been ridiculously lovely. Here are a few random pictures from Victoria BC.

Sunset from Dallas Road in James Bay.

Sunset from Dallas Road in James Bay.

My favourite, grape hyacinth.

My favourite, grape hyacinth.

Beautiful white-blossomed Magnolia trees in Chinatown.

Beautiful white-blossomed magnolia trees in Chinatown.

A misty view of Mt Baker in Washington State, taken from Summit Park.

A misty view of Mt Baker in Washington State, taken from Summit Park.

Pink on blue in the neighbourhood of Fairfield.

Pink on blue in the neighbourhood of Fairfield.

The sweet subtle signs of spring are literally in the air – we experienced the occasional scent of cherry blossoms on our long walk yesterday. Here are a few photos from in and around Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC.

Lots of snowdrops and the green beginnings of many other spring flowers.

Lots of snowdrops and the green beginnings of many other spring flowers.

These daffodils are early. Another week of this weather and they will be in full force.

These daffodils are early. Another week of this weather and they will be in full force.

Snowdrops, right on time. (Not unusual for snowdrops in January, and they have been around for a few weeks now.)

Snowdrops, right on time. (Not unusual for snowdrops in January, and they have been around for a few weeks now.)

The crocus, right on time.

The crocus, right on time.

Pink, pink, pink; so pretty!

Pink, pink, pink; so pretty! The cherry blossoms are early this year.

Early rhododendrons, usually in their full bloom in March and April.

Early rhododendrons, usually in their full bloom in March and April.

The lush bright greens of spring are in full swing. Took a short walk before dinner to the harbour and back last evening; the air was warm and fragrant with the scent of wallflower. Here are a few photos:

The lush lawn at the Legislative building in the rich evening light.

The lawn at the Legislative buildings, an inviting place to enjoy the evening.

A new growth of bright spring green ivy makes it way across The Empress Hotel.

A new growth of bright spring-green ivy makes it way across The Empress Hotel.

Another view of The Empress Hotel. Beautiful rhododendrons all in bloom.

Another view of The Empress Hotel; beautiful rhododendrons all in bloom.

The cool evening mist beginning to arrive into the Inner Harbour.

The cool evening mist beginning to arrive into the Inner Harbour.

It was such a glorious day yesterday, that we decided to make it a walk day. Our route took us through the neighbourhoods of Fernwood, Jubilee, the edge of Oak Bay and Rockland, where we spent a bit of time in the grounds of Government House.

Later in the spring and throughout the summer, the grounds at Government House will be full of beautiful plants and flowers. Yesterday we were content to see so many narcissus.

Later in the spring and throughout the summer, the grounds at Government House will be full of beautiful plants and flowers. Yesterday we were content to see so many narcissus.

Ducks and fountain along a pathway through the gardens.

Ducks and fountain along a pathway through the gardens.

The view towards the front of Government House, the office and official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

The view towards the front of Government House, the office and official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

There is a gorgeous rock garden behind the house.

There is a gorgeous rock garden behind the house.

Looking south to Fairfield through the woodlands behind Government House.

Looking south to Fairfield through the woodlands behind Government House.

Time for a treat: hot chocolates and snacks at Bubby Rose's Bakery.

Time for a treat: hot chocolates and snacks at Bubby Rose’s Bakery on Cook Street, near Fort.

Cherry blossoms on Meares Street.

Cherry blossoms on Meares Street.

Today’s rain storm marks the end of a cold snap. The cold clear days were beautiful, but I’m sure hard on the little buds.

Small purple crocuses blooming in spite of the cold.

Small purple crocuses blooming in spite of the cold.

Lovely fountain in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC.

Lovely fountain in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC.

View from the top of Beacon Hill.

View from the top of Beacon Hill.

Coloured lights filtered through the icy fountain in Centennial Square.

Coloured lights filtered through the icy fountain in Centennial Square.

February on the south tip of Vancouver Island brings the promise of spring with early flowers. The snowdrops have been out for weeks now, and more blooms are bursting every day. Yesterday I spied this beautiful witch hazel:

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While I’m hoping for a rare west-coast January snowstorm, nature decides on snowdrops instead… Well, OK.

Snowdrops in Victoria BC, January 2014.

Snowdrops in Victoria BC, January 2014.