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Terra Nova Playground

European Skipper On Leaf
It's a holiday weekend, and you want to enjoy the sun?  Better go to Terra Nova early because it is going to get busy.

 
Terra Nova has two ziplines side by side, but they still get busy with all of the kids that come to visit.  Most kids are pretty good about bringing the swing back and keep the line moving fast, but sometimes a little help is needed.

Claira On ZiplineClaira Portrait On ZiplineNara On ZiplineNara Portrait On Zipline

The park has an obstacle course that targets older kids - younger kids can't reach all of the hand holds.  Claira is still a bit too young, but she can do most of it.  Nara owns the obstacle course.

Nara SwingingClaira On Obstical Course

Yew Lake

We hiked around Yew lake a three years ago with the kids and even further back as a short hike.  Nature Vancouver does a series of hikes every two weeks surveying the changing plants.  I figured it would be a nice hike to do again with the kids.

Slender Bog OrchidSwamp Laurel
The hike is short (perhaps 2.5km), well signed and has a high quality trail.  It's close to a stream or lake for most of the hike and while the elevation doesn't change very much, you pass through lots of different niches where different plants grow.  At the start of the hike I saw Slender Bog orchid growing in a few places - after that first 100 meters, I never saw it again.


Bee With HeatherFive Leaf Dwarf BrambleYellow Pond Lily

Glacial Remnant Reflected In Pond
Plants don't hold much interest for the kids, but they do like the small bodies of water and the stuff around the water.

Kids At Yew Lake

When we got to the lake, we had a snack and let the wildlife come to use.    A pair of Red Breasted Sapsuckers chased each other through the trees, briefly stopping by us.  Dragonflies flew past and occasional set down.

Red Breasted Sapsucker In TreeDragonfly On Trail
 
Trail Beside Wetlands
After a snack the kids were in a better place and we walked back to the car.  A good short day is better than a long bad day.

Post Camping Decompression

Dad Grinding Rocks
We went camping in the Okanagan and wound up coming back with a bunch of smokey camping equipment and rocks from a rock hounding trip.  The gear came out to get some air and the rocks came out so we could see what really had found on our trip.

Post Camping Truck Clean

Rock Collection From Camping

We were in Victoria for the weekend so the kids went to the local playground to try out the new gear and try to find some blackberries.  The blackberries were just starting to be ripe (maybe one berry in 20) so it was hard to find the few sweet ones.

Claira On Disk SwingNara Gathered Black BerriesClaira On Zipline At Mc MinnNara On Zipline At Mc Minn

I also had a productive walk around Outerbridge park.
 
House Wren On Stone
I must admit - I often don't know what I took a picture of until weeks later.  This was a small brown jobbie - not something I recognized.  Turns out this bird (House Wren) is at it's northern limit here but it exists all the way down to Brazil!

House Wren Cleaning Nest Box


Dark Eyed Junco
Another brown jobbie - this turned out to be a Juvenile Darked Eyed Junko.  He was quite patent, eating near the stones while I walked by. I though he was a sparrow but more research says juvenile.

Beacon Hill Children's Farm

Lorquins Admiral
We were in Victoria after camping and had a morning free so we went to the Beacon Hill Children's farm to visit the goats.  I like butterflies and notice a butterfly land in the goat enclosure so I took a picture.  I wasn't the only person that noticed - a kid came running over and scooped the butterfly up in her hands.  I didn't see what happened to the butterfly after that.


For some reason, the kids found one goat - not the smallest one, but only a few months old - and followed it around for most of the time.  Getting photos at the petting zoo is tricky - ideally you want something with a face of a person and a goat, but rarely do they both look at you.

Claira Happy With GoatClaira Made New Friend
 
Nara Drive By GoatNara With Goat
 

 


Claira On Disk Swing
Person: Claira
Tags: McMinn Park, swing
Nara Gathered Black Berries
Tags: blackberries
European Skipper On Leaf
Species: Thymelicus lineola (European Skipper)
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: insect, Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment
Nara On Zipline
Person: Nara
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment, zipline
Nara Drive By Goat
Person: Nara
Altitude: 14m (45 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Beacon Hill Children's Farm, petting zoo
Red Breasted Sapsucker In Tree
Species: Sphyrapicus ruber (Red-breasted Sapsucker)
Altitude: 920m (3018 feet)
Location: Go To...
Swamp Laurel
Species: Kalmia polifolia (Swamp Laurel)
Altitude: 934m (3064 feet)
Location: Go To...
Dragonfly On Trail
Species: Leucorrhinia intacta (Dot-tailed whiteface)
Altitude: 922m (3024 feet)
Location: Go To...
House Wren Cleaning Nest Box
Species: Troglodytes aedon (House Wren)
Altitude: 39m (127 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: bird, house
Post Camping Truck Clean
Trail Beside Wetlands
Altitude: 920m (3018 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: trail
Rock Collection From Camping
Tags: rock
Dark Eyed Junco
Species: Junco hyemalis (Dark-eyed Junco)
Altitude: 40m (131 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Outerbridge Park
Claira Made New Friend
Person: Claira
Altitude: 35m (114 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Beacon Hill Children's Farm, petting zoo
Nara Portrait On Zipline
Person: Nara
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment, zipline
Claira Happy With Goat
Person: Claira
Altitude: 14m (45 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Beacon Hill Children's Farm, petting zoo
Kids At Yew Lake
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 922m (3024 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira On Zipline At Mc Minn
Person: Claira
Tags: McMinn Park, playground, zipline
Nara Swinging
Person: Nara
Tags: monkey bars, Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment
Claira Portrait On Zipline
Person: Claira
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment, zipline
Claira On Obstical Course
Person: Claira
Location: Go To...
Tags: playground, Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment
Bee With Heather
Altitude: 929m (3047 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara With Goat
Person: Nara
Altitude: 14m (45 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Beacon Hill Children's Farm, petting zoo
Glacial Remnant Reflected In Pond
Altitude: 929m (3047 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara On Zipline At Mc Minn
Person: Nara
Tags: McMinn Park, playground, zipline
Claira On Zipline
Person: Claira
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment, zipline
Lorquins Admiral
Altitude: 14m (45 feet)
Location: Go To...
Five Leaf Dwarf Bramble
Species: Rubus pedatus (Five-leaf Dwarf Bramble)
Altitude: 918m (3011 feet)
Location: Go To...
House Wren On Stone
Species: Troglodytes aedon (House Wren)
Altitude: 41m (134 feet)
Location: Go To...
Yellow Pond Lily
Species: Nuphar lutea (yellow pond-lily)
Altitude: 934m (3064 feet)
Location: Go To...
Slender Bog Orchid
Species: Platanthera stricta (slender bog orchid)
Altitude: 922m (3024 feet)
Location: Go To...
Dad Grinding Rocks
Person: Lloyd
Tags: rock, tool
Tags: Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment(7), zipline(6), Beacon Hill Children's Farm(4), petting zoo(4), playground(3), McMinn Park(3)
People: Claira(8), Nara(7), Lloyd(1)
From: John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2018 to 2005 > July 2018

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