John Harvey Photo

August 2021Go to
            Slide Show

And some clever quip...


Stanley Park Walk

Never Ending Water Lilies
One of those mornings I wanted to get outside and I happened to have some time so I went for a walk at Stanley Park.  The walk around Beaver Lake has been surprisingly productive over the years - you see the usual's (Spotted Towhee, Chickadee) almost every time, but there are lots of other things around if you are patient.  I was watching the Chickadees go from tree to tree when I spotted two bright yellow birds in with the flock.  May happened to be at the same place at the same time is more accurate.  These birds were eating insects in the trees so they rarely stayed anywhere for more than a moment, but the bright yellow color made them a little easier to see.


Trying to swing around a 400mm lens for a long period of time gets tiring, but I probably could have spent another half an hour watching these little birds.

Wilsons Warbler

Salt Spring Island Day Trip

The kids had a week at Freedom camp - staying with my parents.  We drive over on Friday nights and return Sunday afternoon so we have all day Saturday and some of Sunday for activities.  This weekend we decided to do a day trip to Salt Spring Island!  We left the house early to be sure we were on the 9am sailing.

Nara And Claira On FerryFerry Coming Into Fulford Harbour


Onions And Radishes
The first stop was Embe bakery to get bread and treats for lunch.  The second stop was the Saturday Market.  I've been to the market several times and it is evolving over time.  Parking isn't easy.  The vendors are pretty slick now - they have really nice booths.  There is more food ready to eat than I remember.  I remember more textiles in the past.




Bundles Of Chives
I have a hard time taking photos of peoples work so I generally focus on produce.  We picked up tomatoes and cucumbers for lunch.

TomatoesFruit In Small Paper Bags

The kids know how to parse a market - they started with Scones and then moved onto Popsicles and finished with Crepes.  We tried Indian food and pre-rolled sushi.  Surprisingly, the market did sell out some vendors.  The Scone vendor had what I thought was a mountain of items but they were sold out by 11.  One of the bakeries with bread was sold out even earlier. 

Snacks At The MarketEating Snacks Under Arbutus


After the Market, we drove up to Mount Maxwell to have a picnic and take in the view.  I've been up here lots of times before - it's a favorite place.

Clouds In Forest

Burgoyne Bay To Sansum Narrows

Grandparents And Grand KidsFamily On Rock

Sidney Spit

Second weekend in Victoria, we decided to do another Saturday activity.  This time the plan was to take the 10am ferry over to Sidney Spit, have a picnic on the Island and then come back on the 3pm sailing in the afternoon.  I booked the tickets online a week in advance and away we went!

Wait Here For The Ferry


The ferry trip over takes about 30 minutes.  They bay nearest the spit has regular array of mooring buoys with a channel down the middle so you can get to the floating docks.  It's almost like driving through a small village seeing all of the boats lined up on either side of our approach.  We unloaded to go grab a picnic table, but it was false urgency - there was more tables than would ever be used.

Nest Boxes For Purple MartinsDock For Ferry And Pleasure Boats


The tide didn't line up great with our day.  In an ideal world, the lowest tide would be around lunch time so you have plenty of sand to walk out on and no concern about getting left behind on a shrinking island.  Our lowest tide was later afternoon so if we waited for it, we would miss our ferry home.  We walked through the flooded channels to get between the islands.

Three Sandpipers In Shallow Pond


I was quite surprised by how much bird life was out here.  There were a ton of seagulls - no surprise.  We counted at least 6 Great Blue Herons on various posts and beaches.  I saw five Oyster catchers in the shallows.  There were Sandpipers at the end of the ocean.  I didn't bring my big lens and I regretted it.
 
 
Claira Running In Shallow WaterSome Beach PerformanceWalking Out FurtherGreat Blue Heron Alighting

 
Walking down the spit, you feel a bit bad for the flock of seagulls that launch, fly around and land a 100m down the beach, only to do the same thing when you make up the distance.
 
Seagulls Dont Like Us

At the tide level we were at, the spit was not connected - sections were under at least 30cm of water and there was some current flowing across.  The kids didn't have shoes and the low sections were covered in barnacles and mussels.  I wound up carring a kid from one sand beach to the other and Helen's shoes made the trip twice.  Once we passed the low areas, it was all sand again.

Shallows Connecting SpitRunning Along ShoreOld Pilings
 
Large Headed SedgeYellow Sand Verbena
The end of the spit is more properly and island - the highest part is probably two meters above high tide.  The dunes are covered in interesting and rare plants that have been thoroughly documented on iNaturalist.   We kept to the beach level so as to no disturb the plants.


Light At End Of IslandKids Wrote Their Names
The walk is long enough that you really do have to be careful with the time.  There are only so many spots of the ferry back (you reserve in advance) so if you miss your return ferry and the rest are full, you could be looking at an expensive water taxi ride.  In our case we were on the first ferry of the morning and the 3pm return ferry so we weren't worried about the ferry, but we didn't want to leave my parents in the sun for too long.


The walk back was quite a bit easier because the lower tide had cleared a sand passageway all the way back.  The shallow pools were getting warm in the sun.
Walking Back To IslandHelen Taking Panorma

Lunch At Picnic Tables
We packed a lunch an brought plenty of water.  Apparently the campsite had a water pump (there is a warning on it about high levels of salt in the water), but the pumps were disabled by Parks Canada for reasons that weren't made clear.  Close to the ferry landing was at least six picnic tables - at no point were they all used so you don't have to worry about getting a space.  Nothing beats a cold lunch after a long walk on the beach!


After lunch, we went for a brief walk on the Island.  The island has invasive European Fallow Deer and while a cull is being considered, I don't believe it has happened as of 2021.  The forest appears is mostly wide open - almost no brush grows between the trees.  The trees are impressive though.  We found the largest cottonwood tree I have ever seen and Arbutus trees are plentiful.  There were pit toilets in good shape.

Giant Sized Cottonwood TreeArbutus Trees On Sidney IslandOut For Short Hike

  Taking The Ferry Back
We were not the first in the line to get back on the ferry.  People had lots of luggage (coolers, strollers and beach toys) but we had no problem getting seats.  A short ride back to Sidney and we were back in the big city.  Thanks for a good day!

Evening Bike Ride on Dallas Road

Back in July when I was taking photos of the moonrise over the Trial Islands, I noticed the nice bike route next to the ocean.  A woman was riding by in roller skates and lights I figured my kids would want to do the same kind of thing.  My Dad had enough bikes and we brought over our lights so we went for an early evening bike ride along the bike route!

We unloaded the truck at the Breakwater on Dallas Road and started biking East toward Beacon Hill Park.  We entered Beacon Hill Park when Claira declared she needed a bathroom break.  Google maps saved the day by showing us where the Public Washroom on Cook Street was.

Starting RideRiding Through ParkFront Light Flare


Kite Surfer At Sunset
Back on the road again, we biked to our one way destination - Clover Point.  Most of the walkways at Clover Point don't allow bikes so we walked down to the cliff and watched the kite surfers out on the water. 

Clover Point Coming Into ViewBikes At Far Point Of Ride

It was starting to get dim so the bike lights were starting to stand out.  We got thumbs up from pedestrians who appreciated the warning we were coming up behind them.

Wispy Clouds On Ride BackLights BloomingClaira Taking Break


Nearing End Near Dark
By the time we got back to the truck, 52 minutes had elapsed, but more importantly the sun had set.   What a great night and place for a ride!

Rankeillour Farm

Arabella With Pinwheel
My uncle passed away last year.  There was a small reception to remember him in Vancouver, but with COVID restrictions there was little more we could do.  This summer the restrictions were lowered so my Aunt kindly organized a weekend of festivities and family in Comox. We all had jobs - mine was to collect enough photos that we can make event books.  The kids actually had jobs as well - Nara and Claira made the signs for the recycling bags and the trash bags.  Every kid did one pass of picking up garbage and empty cans to put in the recycling.
  Playing Badmonton

Sunflower
The Aunts got the hard job - initial setup of the event and then feeding 25+ people breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I think my Aunt put together tech menu and then each person had pieces to fill in.  We arrived on Friday night (reservation were only available for Tsawwassen to Duke Point) and went straight to bed.  We arrived early enough on Saturday morning that we needed breakfast.
  
Snack TableTable Setting

There are new babies we haven't seen before!  Shona and David have a daughter Mackenzie that none of us have met before - she was very patient with lots of stranges around was quickly the star of the show!

View From Car SeatMackenzie With AudienceMackenzie And JanetLittle Thumb Time

Mackenzie Sees KayleeMackenzie With Jennifer
 

Julie Having BreakfastBacon On Grill
Of course, it's hard to compete with breakfast!  Uncle David has access to some great tractor equipment and they had setup the covered wagon to be where meals were served.

Watching Pancakes Being MadeLunch Table
 
While Mackenzie got a lot of attention, a lot of us have never met Beau before either.  He was also really patient with crowds of new people.

Beau And DavidBeau Chewing FingerBeau Number OneFarmer David With Beau
 
  Because of COVID there were a lot of people who had not seen each other a year or two so there was a lot of catching up to do.
 
  Helen And JessicaJeff Diana And DavidMaria Chrissy And AndrewAndrew And Chrissy

 Kids fed, the craziness begins.
 
Beau Driving From Lap
Beau likes tractors.  When he saw Davids backhoe, he tried every handle he could to find his way in and then pressed every button he could find.  Once he found the horn, he got the owner to come out and give him a ride. 

Beau And Andrew With TractorRiding In The Bucket

Claira Wants To Drive As Well
Once one kid got a tractor, every other kid wanted to ride a tractor.   Some kids were okay with just sitting in the seat, but Marcus and Nara are old enough that they can actually drive the tractors.

Marcus Learning To Drive TractorNara Actually Driving Tractor


Kaylee And Claira In Another BucketKaylee And Claira Top Of Lift
I realize that kids riding in the bucket is a safety concern.  For a small ride with an experienced driver, I think we will be okay.  First the kids got a ride in a little tractor.

Kaylee And Claira Lifted In Bucket

It's nice when you have a purpose to ride in a tractor.  The purpose?  Go pick some apples!

Kiera With AppleImpromptu Apple LiftDavid Eating ApplesKaylee Getting Boost

It's funny how the adults emulate the kids and then the kids emulate the adults. 

Claira The BabyDavid And JeffKayla And ChrissyNathan And Tegan

Claira Playing
There were some activity stations.  One field had a tub of water and sponges.  The kids turned this into games - tag, a kind of capture the flag and just general mayhem.

James Throwing Water ToyNara Claira Running Away

Adults Playing Water GamesWater Bin In Play

Throwing Water ToyMarcus With Water ToyLittle Face WashKaylee Running With Water

There were some kids that needed naps so decided to get the formals done.

Diana Plus ParentsHarveys And GrandchildrenHelen And Family


Burns FamilyGrandfather And Three DaughtersJanets Direct Family

Julie And FamilyWhole FamilyWilliams Family

Mallard FamilyMaria And Family

Chrissy And KaylaBabies Always Steal The Show


Justin And KayleeClaira And KieraTractor Heading OutTractor Into Lower Field

Lexi With ToolsFollowing Trail Of HintsClaira With Dirt On FaceXMarks SpotThe Skiff Arrives


Opening Treasure ChestNot Approved Saftey Equiptment



Early Evening Ride
 


 
HamThree Pitchers Of GravyTurkey

Kaylee Likes DessertAsking For More Dessert

 
 
Tattoo Time
Tent At SunsetNara Claira And Phillip


Claira With Corn Husks

Arabella Putting Egg In BasketArabella With EggsClaira Looking For Eggs


Nara Fetching EggsKids In Hen HouseKeira With EggLexi Looking For Eggs

Lexi With EggNara Finding More Eggs


 
Maybe Not That BlockWhich Block To Pull NextSetting Up Blocks



Kaylee Running In Field  The Morning RunWalk In The Field With Grandpa

  Learning To Be PhotographerBeau Taking PhotosSmart Number OneKeira With Her Art
 
  Minecraft Unleashed
 
 
 

 


Fruit In Small Paper Bags
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: market, produce, Salt Spring Island
Some Beach Performance
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: beach
Kiera With Apple
Person: Keira
Kayla And Chrissy
Person: Chrissy, Kayla
Out For Short Hike
Person: Claira, Helen, Janet, Lloyd, Nara
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
Location: Go To...
Little Face Wash
The Skiff Arrives
Person: Jessica, Kayla
Harveys And Grandchildren
Person: James, Janet, Lloyd, Marcus, Philip, Claira, Nara
Helen Taking Panorma
Location: Go To...
Not Approved Saftey Equiptment
Claira With Corn Husks
Tractor Into Lower Field
Julie Having Breakfast
Wispy Clouds On Ride Back
Altitude: 14m (45 feet)
Location: Go To...
Setting Up Blocks
Person: Claira, Marcus, Nara
Nara Actually Driving Tractor
Person: Nara
Tags: driving, tractor
Maria Chrissy And Andrew
Person: Chrissy
Marcus With Water Toy
Person: Marcus
Arbutus Trees On Sidney Island
Species: Arbutus menziesii (Arbutus)
Altitude: 12m (39 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: trail, tree
Janets Direct Family
Person: Diana, Helen, James, Janet, Jeff, John, Lloyd, Marcus, Philip, Claira, Nara
Wilsons Warbler
Species: Cardellina pusilla (Wilson's Warbler)
Altitude: 17m (55 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Stanley Park, triptych
Wait Here For The Ferry
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Bacon On Grill
Walking Out Further
Location: Go To...
Keira With Egg
Person: Keira
Tags: eggs
Ham
Tags: food porn
Claira Running In Shallow Water
Person: Claira
Asking For More Dessert
Person: Claira
Tags: dessert
Justin And Kaylee
Person: Justin, Kaylee
View From Car Seat
Water Bin In Play
Person: Marcus, Nara
Old Pilings
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: piling
Playing Badmonton
Person: Claira, James, Kaylee, Marcus, Nara
Mackenzie With Jennifer
Person: Mackenzie
Following Trail Of Hints
Light At End Of Island
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Clouds In Forest
Altitude: 588m (1929 feet)
Location: Go To...
Three Sandpipers In Shallow Pond
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Yellow Sand Verbena
Species: Abronia latifolia (coastal sand verbena)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Beau Taking Photos
Person: Beau
Tags: photographer
Throwing Water Toy
Lunch At Picnic Tables
Person: Claira, Helen, Janet, Lloyd, Nara
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: picnic, picnic table
Lights Blooming
Altitude: 13m (42 feet)
Location: Go To...
Kids In Hen House
Person: Kaylee, Keira
Tags: eggs
Maria And Family
Nearing End Near Dark
Altitude: 8m (26 feet)
Location: Go To...
Learning To Be Photographer
Person: Beau, Claira
Farmer David With Beau
Mallard Family
Kaylee Running With Water
Person: Kaylee
Watching Pancakes Being Made
Arabella With Pinwheel
Person: Arabella
Tags: pinwheel
Walking Back To Island
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nathan And Tegan
Person: Nathan
Tags: piggyback
Opening Treasure Chest
Family On Rock
Person: Claira, Helen, John, Nara
Large Headed Sedge
Species: Carex macrocephala (largehead sedge)
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Lexi With Tools
Person: Arabella, Lexi May
Early Evening Ride
Burgoyne Bay To Sansum Narrows
Altitude: 578m (1896 feet)
Location: Go To...
Beau And Andrew With Tractor
Onions And Radishes
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira The Baby
Person: Claira, Nara
Arabella With Eggs
Person: Arabella
Tags: eggs
Andrew And Chrissy
Person: Chrissy
Riding Through Park
Altitude: 20m (65 feet)
Location: Go To...
Kids Wrote Their Names
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: beach, sand
Riding In The Bucket
Tent At Sunset
Tags: lights, sunset, tent
Which Block To Pull Next
Person: James, Nara
Tags: game
Dock For Ferry And Pleasure Boats
Location: Go To...
Tags: boat, dock
Ferry Coming Into Fulford Harbour
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Great Blue Heron Alighting
Tags: piling
Kite Surfer At Sunset
Altitude: 10m (32 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: kitesurfing, sunset, water sports
Walk In The Field With Grandpa
Person: Lloyd, Marcus
Tags: field
Marcus Learning To Drive Tractor
Person: Marcus
Tags: driving, tractor
Snacks At The Market
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: market, Salt Spring Island
Julie And Family
Person: Arabella, Jessica, Lexi May, Nathan
Mackenzie With Audience
Keira With Her Art
Person: Keira
Tags: art
Bikes At Far Point Of Ride
Altitude: 11m (36 feet)
Location: Go To...
Grandfather And Three Daughters
Person: Janet, Philip
Claira Wants To Drive As Well
Person: Claira
Tags: tractor
Maybe Not That Block
Person: James
Tags: game
Kaylee And Claira In Another Bucket
Nara Claira Running Away
Person: Claira, Kaylee, Nara
Tractor Heading Out
Little Thumb Time
Person: Mackenzie
Nara Finding More Eggs
Person: Nara
Tags: eggs
Grandparents And Grand Kids
Person: Claira, Janet, Lloyd, Nara
Giant Sized Cottonwood Tree
Person: Nara
Species: Populus trichocarpa (black cottonwood)
Location: Go To...
Tags: human for scale, tree
Claira Taking Break
Person: Claira
Altitude: 11m (36 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: biking, lights
Kaylee Likes Dessert
Person: Kaylee
Tags: dessert
Claira Playing
Person: Claira
Jeff Diana And David
Person: Diana, Jeff
Lexi With Egg
Person: Lexi May
Tags: eggs
Kaylee And Claira Lifted In Bucket
Person: Claira, Kaylee
Tags: tractor
Three Pitchers Of Gravy
Tags: food porn
Mackenzie And Janet
Person: Janet, Mackenzie
Sunflower
Claira With Dirt On Face
Person: Claira
Mackenzie Sees Kaylee
Person: Kaylee, Mackenzie
XMarks Spot
Kaylee And Claira Top Of Lift
Person: Claira, Kaylee
Tags: tractor
Beau Number One
Person: Beau
Front Light Flare
Person: Nara
Altitude: 17m (55 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: biking
David And Jeff
Person: DavidJ, Jeff
Nara Claira And Phillip
Person: Claira, Nara, Philip
Taking The Ferry Back
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
Location: Go To...
Williams Family
Person: Diana, James, Jeff, Marcus, Philip
Running Along Shore
Lexi Looking For Eggs
Person: Lexi May
Tags: eggs
Never Ending Water Lilies
Altitude: 16m (52 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Fetching Eggs
Person: Nara
Tags: eggs
Diana Plus Parents
Person: Diana, James, Janet, Jeff, Lloyd, Marcus, Philip
Burns Family
Person: Beau, Jeff, Kaylee, Keira, Sonia
Bundles Of Chives
Beau And David
Person: Beau, DavidJ
Claira Looking For Eggs
Person: Claira
Tags: eggs
Claira And Kiera
Person: Claira, Keira
James Throwing Water Toy
Helen And Jessica
Person: Helen, Jessica
Chrissy And Kayla
Person: Chrissy, Claira, Philip
Eating Snacks Under Arbutus
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Adults Playing Water Games
Person: DavidJ, Kayla, Marcus
Kaylee Running In Field
Person: Kaylee
Snack Table
Nara And Claira On Ferry
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
Location: Go To...
Babies Always Steal The Show
Person: DavidJ, Kevin, Lloyd, Mackenzie, Philip, Shauna, Sonia
Tattoo Time
Person: Claira, Kaylee
Helen And Family
Person: Claira, Helen, John, Nara, Philip
Tomatoes
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: market, produce
Whole Family
Beau Driving From Lap
Table Setting
Shallows Connecting Spit
Minecraft Unleashed
Person: Claira, James, Lexi May, Nara, Marcus
Clover Point Coming Into View
Altitude: 18m (59 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: fence
The Morning Run
Person: James, Nara
Arabella Putting Egg In Basket
Person: Arabella
Tags: eggs
Seagulls Dont Like Us
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: flock in flight
David Eating Apples
Nest Boxes For Purple Martins
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Turkey
Tags: food porn
Lunch Table
Smart Number One
Person: Beau
Starting Ride
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Impromptu Apple Lift
Person: Claira, DavidJ, Kaylee, Keira
Tags: tractor
Beau Chewing Finger
Person: Beau
Kaylee Getting Boost
Person: DavidJ, Kaylee
Tags: eggs(9), tractor(6), food porn(3), market(3), dessert(2), driving(2)
People: Claira(30), Nara(24), Kaylee(14), Marcus(12), James(9), Philip(9)
From: John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > August 2021

Leave a Comment

Some HTML allowed: <b>, <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>, but most isn't.  Text length is limited.  comments from first time authors will be reviewed before being posted. comments with swearing or painfully poor spelling will probably be rejected.


Last Modified Monday, November 15th, 2021 at 19:50:46 Edit
Copyright and Contact Information.