On Saturday we walked the Upper reaches of Bowen Park to check out Millstream again. With the melt and the rain we knew it would be higher.
There were Snowdrops blooming along the River Walkway and more at home. We know that Spring can’t be far away.
On Sunday we walked at the Nanaimo River Regional Park. We went to see how high the Nanaimo River would be – I wanted to see if it had gotten high enough to start running through the dry wash that we walked across.
The River was higher, much higher, but not that high! After all the rain and snow we had had recently and it still was dry. I wonder what it would take to fill the wash? I don’t think that we really want to see weather that extreme!
There were Merganser Ducks and Eagles and even some ice – rotten looking – when I lived in Northern Manitoba that was the term for the ice that was breaking down and melting. I even saw the first Hummingbirds of the season!
Part of the Regional Park used to be Forestry tree experiments. There were three experiments going on there. One with White Pine, one with Douglas Fir and one with Lodge Pole Pine. I saw the Hummingbirds around the Lodge Pole Pine’s, eating the sap I think. They moved much to fast for me to take pictures, but the sound of their wings and the bright green bodies certainly drew my attention.
There is moss and lichen growing green everywhere right now with the excess moisture. They are calling for more steady rain for the next weekend. We need it as it has been a very dry winter.
There were lots of different kinds of seed bodies all dried and curled up – waiting for the Spring and the new growing season to start. There is so much expectation in the air!
I will be at the Kiwi Cove Lodge this weekend, teaching Brioche and Lace at the Retreat. I hope to get some pictures while I am there. The Lodge is at a beautiful location, right on the back edge of the Ladysmith Harbour!