Beauties from the River and around the Neighbourhood, part Deux.

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Fleabanes

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Some kind of plantain? Colourful!

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Life doesn’t get any better than this; kayaking the River in summer – taking a tanning and reading break on a sand bar

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A mallard nest on one of the many little islands

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Young Pacific willow shoots on a sand bar

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Mount Cheam from East Chilliwack – February

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Peaceful channel off the River

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English hawthorn (more common here than Pacific or western hawthorn) in full bloom

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One of many swamps hidden from view of boaters; havens for ducks, kingfishers, flycatchers, small herons and warblers

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Wind spinners using “local” materials: a rusted hunting knife, some driftwood, fishline and hooks all dug from the sands

 

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Sun Reflection

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Eroding sand bar

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On the River in August

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Down another “narrow” channel; returning home and storm rising. (poor definition: using old flip phone camera in this shot)

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12 thoughts on “Beauties from the River and around the Neighbourhood, part Deux.

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thank you for commenting, Lisa. Yes, it is an enchanting place, and only 60 miles upstream from the busy port city of Vancouver (BC). Which means that nature here is taking a serious beating as everywhere else on the planet. Man is a creature with absolutely no conscience; no sense of propriety; no guilt for destroying what can never be returned to any sort of pristine condition; a creature with a soul so dark, so corrupt it makes the Devil cringe. The worst ones are those who claim to be leaders, businessmen, local elected politicians and law enforcers. Nature here is treated as if it was a slave or some kind of terrorist; an enemy to be crushed, raped and destroyed until nothing is left.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thank you Hargun. From a photographer: good praise! The best part about the nest is, I didn’t disturb the duck – it was a hot day so she left the eggs in the sun and had gone feeding. I like taking pictures of wild flowers too but I need a better camera, one with a macro lens. Not likely to happen the way our economy is going but one has dreams, yes? πŸ™‚

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  1. Elizabeth Helmich

    Amazing, I am so jealous about the kayak adventures, one of my absolute favorite things to do. Wow, that mountain! My beloved Blue Ridge are so teeny comparatively. Gorgeous shots, thank-you!!

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thank you, Elizabeth. Mount Cheam is actually only 7200 to 7500 feet high but it has an impressive pose, yes. Compared to the Rocky Mountains… Cheam is a tot! I was 16 when I moved here, Chilliwack, B.C., Canada (West Coast) and I had never seen a mountain in my life. That was it, hooked. I never left, and why would anyone? Rivers, lakes, the ocean just 60 miles away; Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, everything waiting to be discovered. I’m now 70 and it’s like I just came here. I’ve never been there, but I know from reading and looking at images that the Blue Ridge mountains have their own very special, and romantic, beauty and attraction. If I’d have landed there I probably would have stuck to the place also.

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      1. Elizabeth Helmich

        Wow, that is incredible! I’ve never seen mountains anyway close to that size. I keep trying to convince my hubby to move up there, but he loathes the cold. Just beautiful, and sounds incredibly delightful! I think we’d be just as happy there. πŸ™‚

  2. We come from dreams ~

    How these made my heart warm! Nothing so impressive here in New Jersey, but it has its delights, and now, with our car good to go, we’re out every day in it. We take pictures, too; they’ll come. Thank you so much!

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  3. Sha'Tara Post author

    Thank you; hope to see some of your photography. Try to avoid taking pictures in the middle of the night doing more than a hundred miles an hour, eh? πŸ™‚

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