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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Of Islands in Springtime


Saltspring, Mayne, Galiano, Portland, Prevost, Saturna, Pender - the Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea used to be just names on a map to me. Now, almost 11 years after moving here, I can identify many of them as we sail past on BC Ferries. The vista above is taken from the westward looking vantage point of Oak Bluff on North Pender Island. All of the land masses visible are other islands.

We, along with 6 other friends, spend a night at Poet's Cove, soaking in the hot tub, talking, talking, talking, laughing, eating, and walking. I am thankful for good friends. Skies were mostly cloudy, with sunshine breaks and a few showers that bothered us not at at all.

I don't know the name of this little blue wildflower. It's just a weed, less than 1 cm long, dotting the grassy wild rocky bluffs overlooking the water. 

E. E. Cummings expresses my thoughts well: "I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."

Joining Mary at the Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.
 

28 comments:

  1. Lovely scenery and views. The wildflower is gorgeous. And I love that Cummings quote. Have a happy week ahead!

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  2. That sounds like a fabulous weekend. Cummings quote says it perfectly. Wishing you an enjoyable week:)

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  3. Delightful captures Lorrie .... a treat to our eyes and the words by EE Cummings are beautiful and true.


    "All Things French"

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  4. The Cummings quote goes perfectly with your beautiful images. The scenery is amazing and lovely flowers.

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  5. Beautiful landscape photography ~ ^_^ for Mosaic Mon

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  6. Trying again..I use that phrase so often lately.

    It is a good thing to learn one's own area well. To know the names of the local sights is just plain cool. I don't even know some street names in my own home town.

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  7. To sit on that hill and look over at the islands.....what a view Lorrie. The quote is perfect for how I'm feeling too since spring has decided to finally arrive.
    Judith

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  8. Hoping this week will be just as exciting. Valerie

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  9. Oh lovely. The islands are one of our favorite places to visit. Sometimes we get on our Washington ferry at Anacortes and ride all day. It is 11.00 per person - you can get off and on the ferries as much as you like - stopping to visit the islands or have a bite to eat - and back on another ferry. You can ride around the islands all day, so long as you don't get on a ferry back to Anacortes - then it is another 11.00 if you want to go back out. It is a little more for taking a car if you want to explore the islands more - but sometimes it is just fun to roam about on foot on the waterfronts. Great photos.

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  10. What a beautiful,place. And how lucky you are to live there.

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  11. Sounds very relaxing. The blue flower is gorgeous...Christine

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  12. That is a beautiful quote and the pictures look like heaven! So glad to have found you today! have a great eve.

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  13. Oh my gosh that sounds like a wonderful overnight getaway...I'm envious! But thank you for the wonderful pictures.

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  14. It sounds like you had the perfect getaway on Poet's Cove island, Lorrie.

    ee cummings is one of my favorite poets :)

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  15. Sounds like it was a great getaway.
    The sights look so beautiful and that wee little wildflower is so pretty.

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  16. Beautiful scenery Lorrie. I love the mosaic and the blue wildflower.

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  17. Hello Lorrie,

    What a wonderful trip! Love sailing in ferries and taking photos.

    Gabriela

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  18. Our favorite is Salt Spring. We are planning to move there in a few years. For now, we go out at least 2 times a year and stay at our favorite cottage overlooking the ocean. Bliss!

    Thank you for sharing these great pics. Have a wonderful week!

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  19. It sounds like the perfect get-away...with friends in a beautiful place!

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  20. We live in such a beautiful part of the country with the bonus of mild winters!
    What fun sharing it with friends. Here's to a happy week of sunshine.

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  21. Such great views and in the company of the good friends...perfect! Take care. Chel x

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  23. I love that quote! Beautiful scenery and lovely friendships always make for a great time. Have a wonderful week. Tammy

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  24. I love the quote and you captured well the feel of a weekend with good friends. What a blessing to have such treasured times!

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  25. Days, and photos like these are treasured memories carried in the hearts forever.

    A very beautiful post...love that little flower.


    Jen

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  26. Such a delightful post Lorrie!
    Your first photo looking our to the islands could have been taken here in New Zealand!!
    That precious tiny blue weed is evidence of God's hand at work, creating beauty in a lowly weed too!
    Wishing you a happy week
    Shane ♥

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  27. What a view so beautiful and calm.

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