Sunday, February 10, 2013

Views Here and There



Along one of my walks around the neighbourhood, there is a yard with naturalized plants - daffodils, crocuses, narcissus. I was so pleased to see these crocuses sprinkled all over the lawn yesterday. They look like they are reaching out to embrace all the sunshine they can. This photo was taken around noon and look how long the shadows still are. Winter may linger for awhile yet.


Saturday was not sunny, but we went for a short hike up Mount Douglas - an urban park here in town. It's possible to drive almost to the summit, but there are also a number of woodland trails. Tiny ferns sprout from moss-covered rocks. All is lushly green. I wish I could capture the scent and embed it into the post. Utter freshness.


This was the sky from the top of the hill around 4:45 pm. Below the filtered sunlight lies the city in half-darkness, with the ocean on two sides (three, if you count Finlayson Arm, not visible from this vantage point).

Tomorrow is a brand-new statutory holiday for our province. Family Day was instituted by the government - "a day for families to spend together." We have no plans as yet, but it's nice to know that we have a day to relax.

Linking with Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary of the Little Red House.

20 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Lovely images! Is it early for the flowers to be blooming? They look gorgeous. I think Family Day is a great idea. Especially if it is a nice day to be spent outside. Lovely post. Wishing you a happy week ahead.

Snap said...

I love naturalized plants. Gorgeous! A Family Day sounds wonderful.

A Garden of Threads said...

An early taste of spring, beautiful. Here in Ontario our Family Day is February 18th, enjoy yours.

materfamilias said...

Crocuses are still quite a way from blooming up island where we are.
As for the new stat holiday, I suspect it will be the best thing about February -- I love it!

My Little Home and Garden said...

What a treat to see things growing outdoors! Have a happy Family Day, Lorrie.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a wonderful holiday! We all need a special day to focus on family. Lovely photos ....I love the view! Happy Monday!

Pondside said...

We were over that way yesterday too, and in town today, with a detour to walk the bog. No rain, so all things were possible! It's not a holiday tomorrow for those who work for the federal government, military etc - I'll be back to the office.

Jojo said...

My daughter lives in Portland, OR and she just posted a beautiful sunset photo. Oh how I'm ready for spring. Family Day...what a beautiful holiday!

Linda said...

Lovely, lovely pictures! Family Day sounds interesting! Enjoy! Mandatory togetherness! hee hee!

Cheryl said...

Oh, that view from the top of the hill must be spectacular!

I am struck by all the green in your first two photos, as well as your report of the blooming things. It makes even a fall-and-winter girl like me long for spring...

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Lovely images from your walk Lorrie.

Family Day sounds like a wonderful idea - so long as that's what happens - families sharing precious time together.

Shane x

Jill Harrison said...

I love crocuses. I have tried to grow them, but not very successfully. I love plants that just come up by themselves year after year.
Have a wonderful week.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

These are lovely, and I am beginning to see things peeking through as well. i am so looking forward to the colours~

Vee said...

Enjoy the new holiday! I would love to sniff some of that freshness and can almost, very nearly, trying hard to remember what it is like.

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WendyBee said...

Such beautiful photos! The blossoms (crocuses?) took my breath away with the sunlight beaming through and casting shadows. It's like a promise that Spring will come. (But they're calling another Nor'Easter for Sunday!)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your pretty photos. The crocuses definitely say Spring! I need to take a walk and see what is peeking thru in my area - but not today as it is wet out there.
Thanks for stopping by and nice comment.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wonderful photos - and what a great idea - family day - wish we would have one of those down here.

Icy BC said...

Lovely photos! Anything green is a sight of joy for me at this time of year :-)

Icy BC said...

Lovely photos! Anything green is a sight of joy for me at this time of year :-)