Nature Reserve Revisited

Nature Reserve Revisited

Part six in a series based on a recent trip to British Columbia in May with my husband.

My previous post was about our visit to the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve. You may have noticed that I didn’t include a Blue Heron photo. That’s because visitors aren’t allowed to invade the Heron colony when it’s nesting season. But, don’t despair. There was an interpretive centre where a heron was preserved and displayed. I’m sure it died of natural causes.

A few other sights caught my eye while walking the trail. This sign, on a bench, commemorated the 60th anniversary of Dario and Yolanda. What a sweet sentiment.
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The sign below used humour to get its point across in a cute and inoffensive way!
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We had some fun experimenting with the interactive human sundial, to see if it told the time accurately.
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Unfortunately this is not the actual human sundial from the Nature Preserve, but the one there was very much like this one I found on the internet at http://www.sunclocks.com.

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Discovery Trail

Discovery Trail

Part five in a series based on a recent trip to British Columbia in May with my husband.

The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve is a place where nature has been preserved, and left undisturbed for the most part.
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The winding trails loop throughout the wetland area where almost 100 nests of Great Blue Heron are located. The birds don’t migrate, and being an endangered species it’s important that these areas remain protected.

The cycle of nature can be seen here. Plants and trees die, and rot, providing fertile soil for new ones to grow and take their place.
All kinds of life make their home here. Ducks, turtles, beavers, mink, otters, and salmon have been spotted. I was able to photograph some frogs. Can you spot both of them in the picture below?
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We passed a pond on the day we were there. The water was so calm that the trees and sunshine reflected beautifully on it’s mirror like surface.
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This is a beautiful, serene place, a place where one can experience creation first hand, a place that must be preserved.

Palms and Pretties

Palms and Pretties

Part four of a series based on a recent trip to British Columbia in May with my husband.

One stop on our B.C. trip took me to a home with a fabulously landscaped yard. Palms flourished under the expert attention of the homeowner. Our native prairie climate certainly gets much too cold in winter for these plants to survive.

Tucked in every corner of this garden were garden ornaments, such as this stone bird…
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and delightful curios, like this metal lobster offering a pearl ring to who knows what. 
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These smooth river rocks were an interesting addition to this path…
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And these concrete stepping stones were crafted by the homeowner, forming a small patio.
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A path leads to water at the edge of the property, and was full of water lilies, not yet in bloom.
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I could have spent many pleasant hours here, enjoying the hospitality, the conversation, and the view.

Harrison Hot Springs

Harrison Hot Springs

Part three of a series based on a recent trip to British Columbia in May with my husband.

This little resort town is a popular gem located in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. Its one main street is bordered by cafes, and little shops, like this one, The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
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Flowers were blooming in abundance, even though it was the first week of May.

 

Various sculptures are found throughout the area.
Sasquatch is a prominent subject here, murals included.

 

 

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The Harrison Hot Springs Resort has a beautiful lobby, complete with beautiful columns, and an exquisite piano.
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I was amused by these tiny stuffed toys. They were on the railing that surrounds an outdoor restaurant. I hope whoever left them there remembered to come back and retrieve them. I think they look a little anxious about being left behind, don’t you?
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