A few pictures from Salt Spring Island, one of the British Columbia Gulf Islands:
This eagle and crow appear to be conspiring against the gulls and the geese.
Dahlia in a blast of light
House and garden where cousins Bettie and Jerry were staying
We took the slow ferry back to the Mainland. Nothing is more relaxing than sitting on a ferryboat on a nice day with a calm ocean and reading and occasionally spying on the passengers on the deck outdoors. Nice looking bunch of people, those Canadians. I wonder if the social safety net and universal health care have anything to do with that.
One of the (many) wonderful features of Salt Spring Island was the quality of the domestic architecture there: charming, unique houses, nicely landscaped in a rustic style, totally suited to their surroundings. There were fruit trees, blackberry brambles, flowers, everywhere, and many bees, wasps, and butterflies. So I guess they are careful with pesticides and weed killer. It appears that the seemingly small measures people take to improve the environment do make a difference, after all, even in an era of megaprojects and the bottom line. Certainly, there is a lot more happening on the west coast in the direction of preservation of species, conscious consumerism, farmers' markets, recycling, mindful water use and so on. And these small initiatives on the part of individuals and communities make this a much different place than it was even a few years ago: a lot prettier and seemingly less polluted.