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We have had some magnificent west-coast weather happening lately; from spring-like days of chirping birds and blooming flowers, to threatening skies and torrential rain storms. Here are some photos of an 8 am sky from a few days ago. It was mesmerizing! The views are of James Bay near Fisherman’s Wharf, and out of the harbour across the straight towards the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

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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.

Our clear, crisp, sun-filled January days continue. We’ve been enjoying our walks in brisk air and with frost all around. Here are some pictures from yesterday morning along the West Song Walkway…

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Just a shot of the lovely harbour on a sunny November day…

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As I walked along the Inner Harbour the other morning, I noticed how vibrant and eye-catching were the “Welcome to Victoria” flower beds along the lower causeway. The gardening staff of the city have chosen a very pretty yellow for the beds this year. It shines from a long way off!

Cheery flower beds welcome all our visitors!

Cheery flower beds welcome all our visitors!

All the lamp standards downtown are adorned with hanging flower baskets.

All the lamp standards downtown are adorned with hanging flower baskets.

Closeup looking towards the historic Victoria Steamship Terminal, now the Robert Bateman Centre, a coffee shop, and a restaurant.

Closeup looking towards the historic Victoria Steamship Terminal – now the Robert Bateman Centre, a coffee shop, and a restaurant.

Welcome to Victoria detail.

Welcome to Victoria detail.

And just for fun, flags outside the lobby of the Inn at Laurel Point, just a little further along my route.

And just for fun, flags outside the lobby of the Inn at Laurel Point, just a little further along my route.

Just a few random shots of animals from the last couple weeks.

This chick has a couple other names, but I like to call her Dee Dee. She was hand raised and sometimes she just needs her human to hold and stroke her.

This chick has a couple other names, but I like to call her Dee Dee. She was hand raised and sometimes she just needs her human to hold and stroke her.

Henny Penny, the Queen of the Coop. This gal is thriving at 10 years old; hanging out, sitting in the shade and loving the worms and bugs she finds.

Henny Penny, the Queen of the Coop. This gal is thriving at 10 years old; hanging out, sitting in the shade and loving the worms and bugs she finds.

We saw this young racoon fishing at a low tide along the Inner Harbour, Victoria BC.

We saw this young racoon fishing at a low tide along the Inner Harbour, Victoria BC.

Our little friend Sprocket. I love him more and more each time I see him.

Our little friend Sprocket. I love him more and more each time I see him.

Here are some pics from an early morning walk about a month ago. There was a mighty storm a-brew’n; didn’t really amount to anything tho!

The Inner Harbour looking very foreboding.

The Inner Harbour looking very foreboding.

A luscious wisteria on Government Street.

A luscious wisteria on Government Street.

Magical clouds and a hint of blue.

Magical clouds and a hint of blue.

Along Dallas Road, looking towards James Bay.

Along Dallas Road, looking towards James Bay.