I enjoy pretty much everything there is that has to do with the outdoors. Some of my most peaceful moments have been while walking through the forest, sitting on a beach, or boating (minus the loud engine). Accordingly I have a great respect for nature and enjoy learning about the plants and wildlife therein. My plan is to continue that learning process and hopefully enhance it by sharing what I learn. I intend for this blog to serve many purposes, but in the immediate future it will be a place for me, and hopefully others, to share ideas about reducing our individual impact on this planet, protecting wild spaces, and in general just to comment on the things we enjoy most in the great outdoors. I welcome all opinions as otherwise you cannot consider every aspect of a subject. However, I would ask that every opinion be expressed in a respectful way and considered with an open mind. Often there is no single right answer. Thanks.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Waves on Dallas Road

Looking out at the ocean near Ogden Point

Parts of British Columbia had quite the windstorm today.  This afternoon we headed down to Dallas Road in Victoria, which is one of our favourite places to go and check out the waves when the wind picks up.  The kids were a bit reluctant, but that quickly changed once we parked the car and got out.  In a previous post about the Ogden Point Breakwater I have some pictures taken on a much nicer day.  In this one below you can see the breakwater in the distance although parts of it are obscured by the waves crashing up against the side. 

There are actually people walking out there but, although my kids were up for an adventure, we did not partake.  I would not have enjoyed one minute while my mother-brain conjured up images of my children being either blown off the breakwater by the wind, or knocked off by a wave.  Instead we waited near the railing on Dallas Road for large waves to hit the wall with enough force to spray straight up.  There were some impressive bursts of water.  By the time we left my kids' coats were soaked on the front. 

Obviously I enjoyed the show put on by Mother Nature today, but other than the waves I think the next best part was seeing all of the people down there.  There were plenty of cameras and smiles today as we all lined the railing exclaiming, "Whoa!", and laughing as the spray shot up landing on the sidewalk and any uprepared spectator.  There were lots of delighted shrieks from my kids who decided to taunt the ocean if it took too long for the next impressive spray.  Who knew that a windstorm would provide some of the best, free entertainment.  I have a feeling they will not be so reluctant to head down next time.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Wildlife Photography at the Royal BC Museum

Today my husband, mother-in-law, and I took the kids to the Wildlife Photography Exhibit at the Royal BC Museum.  Wow!  The pictures were amazing.  They even have several categories for kids including an under 10, an 11-14, and a 15-17.  It was inspiring to see these beautiful photographs.  Most, if not all of them, would have taken incredible patience to capture.  I can only imagine what it would be like waiting for the perfect light, or perfect weather conditions, or that amazing moment when the object of your gaze favours you with the perfect action.

Each photograph was displayed alongside a caption that gave some background about the picture, the name of the photographer, and what type of camera and lens was used.  According to the Royal BC Museum website there are approximately 100 photographs displayed which were chosen from over 41,000 international entries.  According to wikipedia the first Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition took place in 1964 with only 600 entries.  While the competition is owned by The Natural History Museum, which is located in London, England, and BBC Wildlife Magazine the main sponsor has changed over time.

I would highly recommend this exhibit.  It is at the Royal BC Museum until April 9, 2012, which appears to be the only exhibit scheduled in Canada.  For a list of international locations and dates you can go The Natural History Museum website and use their search tool.  If you are unable to see it in person you can look at a slideshow of the images here or here.  You can also browse, and purchase, prints on-line via  The Natural History Museum website.  Not only will you find photographs from the 2011 competition, but also from previous years.  Enjoy!