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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.

A great windy day yesterday so we incorporated a long walk around the waterfront with the more mundane tasks of dropping off tax returns and picking up cat food. It is so much fun to walk in the wind, smell the fresh spring air and feel the strength of the ocean as it crashes on the shore. We had a lovely encounter with a Hummingbird who let GJ get quite close to him to take some pictures. The camas is blooming along with the buttercup and a few fawn lilies still showing off. Because it’s wild flower season, the parks crews have left the grassy fields along the waterfront long and wild, and the wind was making them sing.

Beautiful long grass leaning down in the wind. We had just met the cutest little bulldog who came bounding through the grass with pure abandon and delight.

The camas brings the purple tinge to the green meadows.

Little Hummingbird resting in the breeze.

Pretty close...

A little closer...

Too bad the light didn't capture his brightly-coloured head.

Found this burst of blue in a yard on the way home.