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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.

Walking along the Westsong Walkway last week, we decided to explore a conservation area on the old Matson Lands. At the top of the land sit the Swallows Landing condominium development. The Matson Conservation Area is the last harbour-side endangered Garry oak ecosystem in Victoria. The stairway which hovers above it offers excellent views of not only the harbour, but the wonderful species which inhabit the land. Read more about it here.

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The early morning view across the harbour to the neighbourhood of James Bay from the top of the conservation area stairway.

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Looking up across the Matson Conservation Area at Swallows Landing.

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My first January snowdrop sighting.

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We met this fellow on Dunsmuir Road near the entrance to Swallows Landing.

For our walk last week, we were treated to a lovely stormy day. In spite of all the clouds, the day remained quite dry – it was wonderful weather for walking, and very dramatic.

At this early stage of our walk, we were wondering if we would be able to stay warm and dry.

At this early stage of our walk, we were wondering if we would be able to stay warm and dry.

A window of blue above the Empress Hotel.

A window of blue above the Empress Hotel.

Float plane landing on the harbour.

Float plane landing on the harbour.

More blue sky peeking through.

More blue sky peeking through.

On Dallas Road looking towards Metchosin.

On Dallas Road looking toward Metchosin.

Someone added some art to this sign on Dallas Road, near Ogden Point.

Someone added some art to this sign on Dallas Road, near Ogden Point.

The other day I had errands which would take me from one end of the city to the other on my bike. Right in the middle of my journey I stopped at Dockside Green. I enjoyed a delicious tea from Café Fantastico and delicate croissant from Fol Epi Bakery while gazing out at the industrial landscape of the Upper Harbour. This spot is a hub of activity for cyclists, walkers and workers from the various businesses which surround it.

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I’ve been walking for about an hour a few mornings each week. I love the light and the cool, and the way the air smells. Here are a couple snaps from yesterday.

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Took a gorgeous walk through the fog and mist on Wednesday; unusual weather for the middle of August. For me, Victoria is at its most magical in the fog.

View towards Fisherman's Wharf from the walkway near The Inn at Laurel Point.

View towards Fisherman’s Wharf from the walkway near The Inn at Laurel Point.

The Coho leaves the harbour through the fog.

The Coho leaves the harbour through the fog.

Just a strip of fog hovering low over Ross Bay.

Just a strip of fog hovering low over Ross Bay.

 

Found this little guy on a sidewalk in Fairfield. His shell was so beautiful.

Found this little guy on a sidewalk in Fairfield. His shell was so beautiful.

We had a beautiful snow day yesterday. None settled downtown, but we walked for several hours with it fluttering around us. As we walked around the harbour, we saw these brave ones in their beautiful canoes:

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