We dusted off the canoe and went for our first spin this year. Just been too busy to get out with Yumi both working full time and taking classes.
It was a lovely morning for a shakedown cruise, and we paddled leisurely around the lake a few times.
Heading out with Yumi in the bow
Yumi is always in the bow, seeing as I outweigh her by about 100 pounds : -)
Lots of Canada Geese on the beach and lake
This furry water beastie approached us, coming quite near before turning away
Some years ago Burnaby designated the west end of the lake as a no-go wildlife area. People, please respect this haven.
A cormorant and three herons
You can clearly see the importance of this small area of urban biodiversity
An escort of mallards
A visit from a damselfly
Yumi doing her best to keep invasive Himalayan blackberries in check : -)
This pretty mallard was pretty used to people, perhaps overly so!
Gliding toward Arthur Erickson’s Baldwin House
Back ashore at the east beach
We fed the chickadees and enjoyed a multitude of other flora and fauna in Campbell Valley Regional Park, part of Metro Vancouver’s wonderful parks system.
You can see some of my photos in a Flickr album.
I just saw an NHK (if you’re Canadian think CBC) clip of a snake trying to snatch a goshawk chick from a nest way up a tree — in Meiji Jingu park in Tokyo. Mom GH intervened…
I used to walk through Meiji Jingu a couple of times a week on the way to work when I lived in Tokyo. I would get off the train a few stations early to fill my lungs with somewhat naturally filtered air and enjoy this haven in a sea of concrete and pavement…
But I never imagined a goshawk/snake fight in this green oasis in a metropolitan area of some 25-30 million people!
I’m attaching this Google Earth capture, just to show how isolated this island of biodiversity is in one of the largest metropolitan centers on Earth.
The red marker is Meiji Shrine and its park. The surrounding grey area is all buildings, concrete, and pavement. The other green areas to the right are other parks, and the Imperial Palace.
We completed refreshing our earthquake water supply kit tonight.
Here in Burnaby on the west coast of Canada we are in an earthquake zone. We don’t get them that often, and usually when we do they are tiny. But historically there have also been temblors that (I love this quotation, though I don’t remember where I read/heard it) have “knocked cows off their feet.”
We keep 3 X 20L containers on hand. We also rotate through them for camping, so the water gets refreshed in the course of such activities, but we haven’t been camping in awhile.
So over the last couple of days we used a container a day to water our balcony garden and some shrubbery outside the front door.
We then refreshed the containers with a baking soda solution, let them air for awhile, and refilled them.
I love the ponds in Fraser Foreshore Park in Burnaby, BC. I get down there for photo shoots often. The previous post featured a heron chowing down on a rodent, but this post is the dreamier side of nature : -).
I watched this heron in Burnaby‘s Fraser Foreshore Park for about an hour today. It was patiently fishing, and got a little fish or two, when it suddenly stabbed at something on the shore and came up with a small mammal.
It swallowed the beast whole, and you can see the heron’s distended neck in the third photo.
Not sure what the prey is, a large vole?
Distended neck as the prey slides down…
I took a one-hour loop in Byrne Creek Ravine Park this afternoon in SE Burnaby, BC. I was happy to see lots of salmon fry, and possibly trout fry. I took water temperatures at three points in the lower ravine, and they ranged from 14.5 – 15 C, so not too bad for fish. Other volunteers with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers had recorded temps as high as 17 further downstream.
Aside from lots of fry, I also saw thirsty wasps and bees. Some wasps were rolling and collecting mud.
Lots of fry in the pool upstream of the wooden footbridge
Wasp rolling mud on the bank of the creek
One of several bees seeking hydration
I like how the sun and moving water created this dappled appearance
I shot over a hundred photos of birds, dragonflies, damselflies, etc., around the Burnaby Foreshore Park ponds over lunch.
Went down to one of my favourite photo places, Garry Point Park in Steveston, BC.
This little fella had a thorough dust bath in the dirt and then flew up into a tree to dust off the dust
My sister is in town for a few days, so we took a walk around Deer Lake in Burnaby. Then I parked myself on a bench and hung out with some chicks, while my sister took another, faster lap.
OK, a gosling 🙂