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Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Sunday Afternoon Walk


Our first real November storm blew in on Friday afternoon. Great gusts of leaves combined with evergreen branches to litter the roadsides, topple trees and cause widespread power outages. We didn't even see a flicker at our place. 

The weather forecast for this week is rain, rain, and a little more rain. So Tim and I went for a long walk this afternoon. The skies were grey, but dry. This train track is rarely used by trains, and we met several others walking there.


Pale yellow ferns are striking against the more colourful forest leaves.


We walked to the trestle before veering north. I'm scared stiff  not fond of heights, but I ventured out to the first little platform. I just asked Tim what those were called - he came up with "escape pod," "lookouts," "places for people to be safe if a train happens by." 

The lure of a good picture angle is what convinced me to go out there.  And then I held his hand tightly walking back. 


Some tall grasses caught my eye on the golf course.


Another 20 minutes or so brought us to the marina just in time to see the fishing boats coming in for the night.  Sea and sky blended into blue-grey.


Off in the distance we saw at least 20 more fishing vessels. A walk to the seafood store at the marina tomorrow is sure to result in fresh fish.

As the sky muted into silver grey we turned homewards, chilled by the damp breeze. A warming bowl of soup awaited.

Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary at the Little Red House.

These are the first photos taken with my new camera. Thank you for all your suggestions. After a lot of deliberation and help from Tim, I chose a Nikon Coolpix P7100.  It's not an SLR because I prefer portability over lens options. And I've so much to learn with this camera. You'll be seeing a lot of experiments on the blog in days to come. 

20 comments:

  1. Breathtaking...and kudos for braving the altitude!!! The photos were well worth it!!! Have a beautiful week!!!

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  2. Great shots. Even after the storm, it is a nice place to walk.

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  3. What a wonderful walk! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice week,
    Markus

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  4. I love this time of the year. It is a great time to be out walking about--and I love the contrasts of the colors in pictures this time of the year!

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  5. I'd have to say that your new camera is wonderful! You've shown the best of our Island - glorious!

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  6. Empty train tracks are such a romantic thing, nearly like a road going nowhere, and then arriving at the sea! The pictures look great on the post, I have to check some review on you new camera. Thanks for the tip.

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  7. A wonderful walk for a fall day. Lots to see and what lovely views. V

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  8. Beautiful photos and mosaic Lorrie!

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  9. You went out on that for a picture angle? Oh my! I'm getting heart palpitations just thinking of it. It did make for a great photo. Glad that you're enjoying your new camera. I know that we're all going to benefit from those experiments of yours, but do be safe.

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  10. Love that first capture. Breathtaking shots, but you'd never get me up there :) I love the fishing boat, another terrific capture!

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  11. I love taking photos of empty train tracks they have a lot of character on it. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos! Happy Monday!

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  12. Amazing photos! I have a little Nikon coolpix...so much fun to carry! Happy Monday! ♥

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  13. Looks like you & the new camera will get on very well if these first shots are anything to go by.
    Great mosaic and the photo of the fishing boat is stunning.

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  14. A beautiful portrayal of November on the west coast. Have fun with your new camera! (It looks like you already are.)

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  15. Thanks for sharing your walk. You are braver than I - I would not have ventured out there even for a great photo. :D

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  16. Beautiful photos Lorrie! Makes me want to get out and about... I love your island!

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  17. Congratulations on the new camera. Fabulous shots across the train bridge, worth the trip out to the 'lookout':). Enjoy the week.

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  18. How blessed you are to have had such a delightful walk! :)

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  19. Your new camera will be fun to experiment with. I will look forward to seeing the island through your new lens.

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  20. Simply wonderful, Lorrie!

    Warmest greetings,
    karin

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