Thursday, November 02, 2017

Into November We Go



On Sunday afternoon (after our tea at the Abkhazi Garden mentioned in the previous post), we met up with our eldest daughter and her family for a walk. 



This is the time of year when Pacific Salmon return to their birthplace to spawn the next season's fish, and then die. 



Tall cedar and maple trees line the banks of the Goldstream River. They crowd out the sun and dapple the light on the water. Occasionally, looking up through a clearing, one sees the burnished shades of autumn against the blue sky.



The salmon run is late this year, and although we saw a number of dark silvery fish hanging out in quiet deep pools, they have not yet laid their eggs nor turned red and begun to die. 

Leaves drifted and swirled down from the trees along the pathways, mesmerizing to watch. They came singly at times, or in great flurries when a breeze passed through the branches. 



Here's the November 1st birthday girl hiding behind a big leaf. (edited to add - My birthday is at the end of October; our daughter's on the first of November.)
The golden days of October shifted dramatically with the turning of the calendar to November. Sun and warmth have given way to chilly temperatures, wind, and cold rain, with snow at higher elevations. Most unusual this early. A portent of things to come? We'll see.

How are things in your corner at the beginning of November? 

29 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

You really live in a magical place, Lorrie! Superb pics!

Jane x

Coastal Ripples said...

Happy birthday for the 1st, hope it was a good one. Your maple trees are glorious, something that is missing from our shores. Still very mild here although getting colder this weekend. B x

Mersad said...

Nice to see the fall foliage still hanging around. What a lovely walk.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Rosie said...

The maple trees are wonderful it looks like you had a great walk. Sort of damp and misty here today but yesterday was lovely and we had a long walk under trees too, mostly oaks:)

Rosemary said...

Belated Happy Birthday to the birthday girl - lovely walk - it is getting decidedly chilly here too, and warm summer days are beginning to feel like the distant past.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Sounds like your birthday was a good one, Lorrie. So much beauty to be seen, isn't there?

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Happy belated Birthday! My birthday is in November too. It looks like you have a wonderful place to go walking!

Jill said...

Belated birthday greetings to you my blogging friend!

Margie said...

That's one of the biggest leaves that I've seen! I read online that Victoria beat the Eastern cities for the first snowfall. The salmon are also doing their spawning run down here. Enjoy the weekend, Lorrie!

Lowcarb team member said...

Belated good wishes for your birthday.
Lovely to see your photo's ...
I just love this time of year for the wonderful colours nature provides.

All the best Jan

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Great photos Lorrie...cute picture of the shy one peeking out from the leaf!
its been a brilliant autumn and now we have a dusting of snow.

September Violets said...

Beautiful autumn photos Lorrie ... and then I saw your snow on IG!! So strange to see snow in your town at anytime in winter. We're basking in warm sunshine this afternoon ... hope it holds all weekend as I have some work outdoors to finish up.

ellen b said...

And now we have that freak snowstorm. Wild! That's one huge maple leaf! Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Lorrie. Oh my that is a HUGE leaf!

Sandra said...

Magnificas imagem outonais. Bom fim de semana. Abraço.

NanaDiana said...

Great pictures and a Happy Belated Birthday!!!

Our weather is cold and rainy and it is snowing a bit north of us- predicting 4"-6". UIgh- I am not ready---but then I am never ready. xo Diana

Cheryl said...

What glorious color revealed in your gorgeous photos!! Happy (belated) birthday to you and your girl!!

Helen Philipps said...

Beautiful pictures Lorrie...such lovely colours. We are having a lovely autumn here too, and like you I love to go for walks and enjoy it all. Happy weekend xox

Latane Barton said...

That is one BIG leaf!

Kit said...

Happy Birthday! I love your leaf portrait! :) Our November started with a bang and we got snow. For 2 days! Have a great weekend! :) Kit

Vee said...

That leaf is huge! You still have some wonderful fall colors. I am highly suspicious of the cold snap. I don’t think it will last. I certainly hope not. Our weather is mild, but on the chilly side. I’ve been working outside today and I feel chilled to the bone. Foliage is pretty much gone. Happy Belated Birthday 🎈

Mereknits said...

Happy Birthday to you and your daughter. Your walk looks so beautiful.

podso said...

I've heard we're having a warmer, dryer winter, but we'll see. Wonderful photos and amazing leaf covering the birthday girl!

Madame Là-bas said...

Do you think that we will have a cold winter this year? The colours have been beautiful this fall. Happy birthday to you and the eldest. I love autumn.

Stephanie said...

Love that last picture! And may I say Happy belated Birthday to you and your daughter.

Your photos are beautiful! Hugs and joy!

Angie said...

Lorrie - that's a mighty immense leaf! Aren't you glad you don't have to rake them up? Our snow has continued off and on since the first day of the month - estimating we have 8 inches so far ... yes, maybe we'll have another winter like last!! Have a super week!

Charm and Grace said...

Happy birthday to you and your lovely daughter! Lovely vistas where you are... I just sometimes marvel at the range of your photos from gardens (Abkhazi, Butchart, your backyard) to the beautiful places you two go boating, to these lovely photos of the stream, to the beautiful snowy mountains and cabin you went to last winter. Just so much "scope for the imagination!" We are celebrating a birthday today, also... my middle son's. He's the one that still hugs his mom (more like engulfs his mom) and is not afraid to show how much he loves me. :) He's also the smarty pants, Summa Cum Laude graduate, now in grad school and working everyday, too. We are thankful. Hope you both had fun celebrating your birthdays!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Happy Belated Birthday ... beautiful Fall scenes and that's a great way to show how big those gigantic leaves really are -- we see them in the mountains around here as well..

Barbara said...

Birthdays here too. Mine 4th and Alan's yesterday. I'm wondering if the large leaf is a Maple. Whatever the pattern and colour is the same as the Sycamore here which is fairly large. From the tree in my road our 2 driveways are deep in leaves right now.

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