This evening I went for a walk at Boundary Bay Regional Park which is only about a five-minute drive from my home. Josie recently put a post up about her home in the city so I thought you all might like to see a bit of where I live - less than half an hour drive south of her. It was a perfect evening with a few wispy clouds, cool but certainly far from cold, no bugs, and just a touch of a breeze. I ran into several friends so had to stop and chat - like that's a problem for me! ;D
When I started out on my walk I couldn't believe how vibrant were the colours of the wild flowers. Lots of deep purple and bright yellow along with the green of the trees and grasses and the dark brown of the bulrushes.
I noticed a man walking along the back trail with his dog so thought I'd take that route, too. After winding my way through some trees and stopping to take a photo of the apples ripening on one wild apple tree, I came out on an area that's famous for bunny sighting. I saw a couple of them hopping across the trail and managed to catch one in a photo. I also took a picture of the brambly area where they tend to hide. A long cowboy-style fence winds its way along one side of the forested area, mostly to keep people from wandering into the areas where there might be marshes. I crossed the bridge that cuts right through the largest marshy area and couldn't believe the sea of bulrushes. I then came out onto the main path that follows the water's edge. All along here are places where one can stop, sit on a bench that has been placed there in memory of someone who's passed away, and enjoy the view. You can look east across the bay and see White Rock or north towards the city of Vancouver and see its skyline beneath the mountains of the Coast Range.
As I neared the end of my walk, I spotted families of ducks swimming in the canals. Finally, I saw three herons sitting in a huge tree and another on a log in the field. As I was taking a picture of the one sitting on a log, I realized that the whole field was full of herons.
I know Josie loves city living, but I prefer living out in the quiet of the 'burbs and visiting the city when I want some action. I love where I live and actually, Josie confided in me that she just might retire out here in a few years.
So, come along, take my hand and enjoy a virtual stroll around part of Boundary Bay Regional Park. Take in the sights and enjoy the view, but walk carefully and silently 'cuz you don't want to scare the bunnies and the birds.
Oh, and next month be sure to bring an empty bucket to pick enough blackberries for a pie!
- Delta, British Columbia, Canada
- I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.