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Happy Mothers Day


Victoria for the Weekend

Nara Filling Crab Mold

We figured Victoria would be a nice trip for Mothers Day.  We drove over Friday night (even got one ferry earlier than we intended) and crashed at Grandma's house.  The next morning was a low tide so we went to Cordova Bay for a walk on the beach.  Grandmas of course had all the toys for beach play - nice shovels, sand forms and kitchen spoons.

Grandma Pushing Down Mold Sand Molds On The Beach

Nara Walking Onto Fresh Sand HgNara Walking Onto Beach

The tide was really low so we could walk out quit a ways into the bay.   Some spots in the sand have lots of clams and you can see them jet water when you walk to close.

Nara In Stream In Elmo BootsGrandma And Nara With Scoops

Ever since high school, I suspected there were seals out on the rocks, but I never had a long enough lens to actually see them. My lens isn't any longer, but the resolution is high enough that now I can see there really are seals out on the rocks.

Harbour Seals On The Rocks

  There weren't a lot of other guests at the beach other than us. The family of Canada Geese were cute. Lots of little shells in the sand.

  Small Shell In The SandCanada Geese Walking Chicks

   
Sea Blush
We came home for lunch and naps.  After Nara's nap, before dinner we went out for a walk to Outerbridge Park, a short distance from my parents house.  This park has all sort of little pretty spots to take photos and it's fun to walk around with a wagon.

 
Pond With Iris And WillowNara Lying In The Sea BlushCherry Blossom Reflecting In Pond
  The next morning the weather was a little less friendly so we decided to take a walk to the playground at McMinn Park.  We brought the wagon instead of the stroller and the two girls shared the wagon for part of the ride. 

Claira Looking Up At Nara In Wagon Claira Walking With Grandma

  Claira Looking For StickClaira Flying In Swing Claira Laughing Watching Sister

Nara Smiling In SwingNara On Swing Boots OutNara Going High In Swing

Thanks Mom and Dad for the fun weekend!

Nitobe Memorial Garden

Claira Standing On Bridge By Herself Claira Walking On Path
I've heard the the Nitobe Memorial Garden is known for their Cherry Blossoms, Fall Colours and Irises.  Cherry Blossom season is over and the local Irises (Yellow) are full so I figured now would be a good time to visit. 


 
Deer Fern Still Rolled Up
The Iris's were thin on the ground (there are probably 6 varieties in the garden but only one species was blooming).  That said, there were lots of other details to focus on.  One of the things I like about Nitobe compared to other gardens is the quanity of native plants on display.  The moss covered understory really is a pleasure to walk around.

Broad-Leaved StarflowerIris On Green Background
 
Claira is walking rather well now, but she wants to stop and put every stone in her mouth.  It is temping to just pick her up to avoid having to take the stones away, but she will just squirm and complain until she gets her way.  She is going to be a lot of fun when she is two.

Helen And Claira By BridgeHelen Nara Claira With Reflection On BridgeGlowing Goldfish With Rock

On our way out, we say the sign that reminded you of the "rules".  We missed the rules on the way in.  Some rules that we broke (there are 12 in total):
  I do like this garden, but I'm wondering if they like us.




Pond With Iris And Willow
Species: Iris pseudacorus (paleyellow iris, yellow flag)
Altitude: 39m (127 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Outerbridge Park, pond
Cherry Blossom Reflecting In Pond
Tags: cherry blossoms, Outerbridge Park, pond, reflection
Sea Blush
Species: Plectritis congesta (seablush)
Altitude: 36m (118 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: flowers, Outerbridge Park, plant
Nara In Stream In Elmo Boots
Person: Nara
Claira Walking On Path
Person: Claira
Nara Walking Onto Fresh Sand Hg
Person: Nara
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
Location: Go To...
Glowing Goldfish With Rock
Tags: fish, Nitobe Memorial Garden, rock
Nara Going High In Swing
Person: Nara
Tags: swing
Small Shell In The Sand
Altitude: 20m (65 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira Standing On Bridge By Herself
Person: Claira
Tags: bridge, Nitobe Memorial Garden
Nara Filling Crab Mold
Person: Nara
Tags: Cordova Bay, sand
Claira Walking With Grandma
Person: Claira
Claira Flying In Swing
Person: Claira
Tags: swing
Harbour Seals On The Rocks
Species: Phoca vitulina (Harbor Seal)
Altitude: 8m (26 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Cordova Bay
Claira Looking Up At Nara In Wagon
Person: Nara, Claira
Tags: wagon
Helen And Claira By Bridge
Person: Claira, Helen
Claira Laughing Watching Sister
Person: Claira
Tags: swing
Helen Nara Claira With Reflection On Bridge
Person: Claira, Helen, Nara
Tags: bridge, Nitobe Memorial Garden, reflection
Nara Walking Onto Beach
Person: Nara
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: beach, Cordova Bay, sand
Sand Molds On The Beach
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
Location: Go To...
Canada Geese Walking Chicks
Altitude: 20m (65 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira Looking For Stick
Person: Claira
Nara Lying In The Sea Blush
Person: Nara
Species: Plectritis congesta (seablush)
Altitude: 36m (118 feet)
Location: Go To...
Deer Fern Still Rolled Up
Species: Blechnum spicant (Deer Fern)
Tags: fern, macro, Nitobe Memorial Garden
Nara Smiling In Swing
Person: Nara
Tags: swing
Grandma And Nara With Scoops
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Grandma Pushing Down Mold
Person: Janet, Nara
Altitude: 9m (29 feet)
Location: Go To...
Iris On Green Background
Tags: Nitobe Memorial Garden
Broad-Leaved Starflower
Species: Trientalis latifolia (broadleaf starflower)
Tags: Nitobe Memorial Garden
Nara On Swing Boots Out
Person: Nara
Tags: swing
Tags: Nitobe Memorial Garden(6), swing(5), Outerbridge Park(3), Cordova Bay(3), bridge(2), reflection(2)
People: Nara(12), Claira(9), Helen(2), Janet(1)
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