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          Slide Show Smaller Images Thanksgiving in Victoria, first time at the North Shore Art Crawl



 
Farmers Market At Saanich Fairgrounds

  This summer seamed to never end - beautiful blue skies into October and no rain in sight.  We went over to Victoria for Thanksgiving and on Saturday morning we stopped by the Peninsula Country Market at the Saanich Fairground to pick up the last of fresh produce of the season (and more than a few baked treats.


Celeriac Celery RootCherry Tomatoes At Farmers Market
 
Speaking of Autumn, we decided to do one last trip to the playground.  Nara would rather go clothes shopping than play at a playground and Claira isn't far behind her.  The playground at Cadboro-Gyro Park is a family favorite because of the climbing structures so got everyone in the car and went for a drive.
 
Climbing In Fish MouthClimbing Monsters BackClaira Climbing Cadborosaurus Back

 
The kids still responded to the playground challenges - who can run from one end of the sculpture to the other the fastest - but my kids were now the biggest kids on the playground and while they did play, they also just spent time posing.

 
Having Nap On TailNara Sitting On Cadborosaurus TailStanding On Playground Sculpture

 
So long playgrounds.

China Beach

I quite enjoy the Tofino Ucluelet corridor, but it's a big production to go out there (it's mostly out of range from my parents house for day trip).  That said, the exposed west coast from Sooke to Port Renfew has many of the same attractions - giant trees, small towns and an abundance of wildlife and is easily reached by car.  The mix isn't exactly the same (there are no flat sand beaches that I have found) but there are lots of corners I still haven't explored.  Today I wanted to go to China beach.

There is a good sized parking lot and a wide trail down to the beach.  The trail down took maybe half an hour and cuts through a mix or recently harvested and older forests.  The beach access is flat and there is a pit toilet close to the access.

Starting HikeOuthouse At Edge Of ForestDriftwood Structures On Beach

Found BeachKelp On Beach
 
If you walk North, there is a headland that is impassible with some plants that survive on the dripping rock.

Maidenhair Fern Growing On Wet WallHoldfasts On Rock

 
If you walk South, you can get a small creek that wasn't flowing very strongly on this October day.
Sea SandwortOrange Peel Fungus On Trail
 
Stick Washed Up On Dark BeachWalking Back From CreekWalking On Beach Logs

Otter Point

On the ride back we stopped in at Shirley Delicious for lunch and then a new place for me - Otter Point.

Seal Close To Shore
The parking here is precarious - small pull outs on the highway near a corner - but the walk down to the rocks is well marked.  You are let out to a rocky headland where all sorts of wildlife swims by.

Rocks At Otter PointJuvenile Heermanns Gull

We spent about an hour here watching the birds, seals and whales.  I wasn't expecting such a small whale (harbour porpoises are less than a meter long), but they were plentiful - we saw more than 30 swim through in a loosely packed group.  Unlike Orca, no one seems to be trying to identify individuals and life stories with these small whales.

Harbour Porpoise Swimming ByHarbour SealCommon Murre Non Breeding

We did eventually get home for a thankgiving dinner - thanks Mom! 

Claira Decorated TableThanksgiving Table Decorations
 

North Shore Art Crawl

I'm quite a big fan of Art Crawls so this year I wanted to try a few new ones.  I saw the signs for the  North Shore Art Crawl last year, but I spotted them after the crawl had already completed.  This year, I booked it on my calendar and made a point of keeping a weekend day clear.  The North Shore is quite large (it includes West Vancouver) so my plan was to Start near the North end and move south through the day.

Eagle Harbour From Yacht Club
 
The North Shore Art Crawl has a mix of venues - some are shared studios with a dozen artists, other locations are artists homes or studios.  You notice themes - the North Shore Mountains were a more common element in work, as was the ocean.

North Shore Art Crawl SignageRed Dot PaintingThe Taj Back Yard Studio
 
Walking Up Stairs In Welch Street Studios Artists Collective
I visited at least a dozen locations, but I don't like taking photos of people's work directly so I can't show you my favorite work.  Maybe next year you should visit!

Capilano Fish Hatchery

I don't know what triggered the Capilano Fish Hatchery in my memory, but the salmon were returning so I decided to go over for the morning and take the kids.

Salmon On Display
The parking lot was a zoo (they closed it to new cars shortly after us) but once we found a spot we walked down to see the displays and ask about salmon.  The fish hatchery harvests the salmon that return for the next generation of eggs and smolt and they had a few displays showing both the returning fish and the next generation.

Chinook Female And Male Coho And Coho Jack

The next generation were quite interesting - they had a small display showing the early life stages and a tank with two kinds of juvenile salmon that will eventually be set loose to return to the ocean.

One Year Old SmoltsLife Stages Of EggsCoho And Steelhead Smolts

The fish ladder is a strong attraction because you can see the live animals fighting there way up the man made end of the river where they are harvested.

Claira Watching Fish JumpSalmon In Holding PenSalmon In Fish Ladder


The location on the Capilano river is very peaceful (unlike the parking lot) so we took a few minutes to enjoy the canyon.

Lower Viewing AreaFog Up Canyon

 


Climbing Monsters Back
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: climbing, playground
Claira Decorated Table
Cherry Tomatoes At Farmers Market
Tags: apple, market, tomatoes
Common Murre Non Breeding
Species: Uria aalge (Common Murre)
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
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Driftwood Structures On Beach
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
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Outhouse At Edge Of Forest
Altitude: 36m (118 feet)
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Maidenhair Fern Growing On Wet Wall
Species: Adiantum pedatum (maidenhair)
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
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Stick Washed Up On Dark Beach
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Tags: beach
Having Nap On Tail
The Taj Back Yard Studio
Altitude: 133m (436 feet)
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Eagle Harbour From Yacht Club
Tags: marina
Walking On Beach Logs
Altitude: 27m (88 feet)
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Fog Up Canyon
Altitude: 70m (229 feet)
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Walking Back From Creek
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
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Red Dot Painting
Altitude: 124m (406 feet)
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Starting Hike
Person: Helen, Nara
Altitude: 155m (508 feet)
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Walking Up Stairs In Welch Street Studios Artists Collective
Celeriac Celery Root
Tags: market, produce
Sea Sandwort
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
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Nara Sitting On Cadborosaurus Tail
Claira Watching Fish Jump
Altitude: 96m (314 feet)
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Found Beach
Altitude: 17m (55 feet)
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Tags: beach
Coho And Steelhead Smolts
Altitude: 103m (337 feet)
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Tags: fish, salmon
Standing On Playground Sculpture
Chinook Female And Male Coho And Coho Jack
Altitude: 103m (337 feet)
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Tags: fish, salmon
Climbing In Fish Mouth
Kelp On Beach
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
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Farmers Market At Saanich Fairgrounds
Life Stages Of Eggs
Altitude: 103m (337 feet)
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Harbour Porpoise Swimming By
Species: Phocoena phocoena (Harbor Porpoise)
Tags: marine mammal
Rocks At Otter Point
Altitude: 14m (45 feet)
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Salmon In Holding Pen
Altitude: 96m (314 feet)
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Lower Viewing Area
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 96m (314 feet)
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Salmon On Display
Altitude: 103m (337 feet)
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One Year Old Smolts
Altitude: 103m (337 feet)
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Holdfasts On Rock
Altitude: 17m (55 feet)
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North Shore Art Crawl Signage
Altitude: 153m (501 feet)
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Tags: sign
Claira Climbing Cadborosaurus Back
Seal Close To Shore
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
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Juvenile Heermanns Gull
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
Location: Go To...
Thanksgiving Table Decorations
Harbour Seal
Species: Phoca vitulina (Harbor Seal)
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: marine mammal
Salmon In Fish Ladder
Altitude: 96m (314 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: fish, salmon
Orange Peel Fungus On Trail
Species: Aleuria aurantia (Orange Peel Fungus)
Altitude: 33m (108 feet)
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Tags: fish(3), salmon(3), market(2), beach(2), marine mammal(2), marina(1)
People: Nara(3), Claira(2), Helen(1)
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