Strathcona Provincial Park

Today we visited Paradise Meadows in Strathcona Provincial Park.

The flowers are just beginning to bloom as the remnants of the winter snowfall were still in evidence.

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The fairest flower in the meadow always seemed to be nearby!

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She even stopped to do some sketching.

No visit to the mountains would be complete without a Canada Jay. They were just fledging their young, so were very protective. Jean could mimic the cries of the youngsters and that really confused mom and dad.

We also spotted a long-billed curlew. This shoreline sandpiper is rare anywhere on Vancouver Island. Perhaps global warming is extending their range to the north. To find it in the mountains is amazing. Apparently they go where the insects are hatching and they definitely were hatching in the meadows on this 80 degree day.

The trout in the streams were also enjoying the insect hatch.

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A fine hike on a glorious summer day!

Paul

 

About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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2 Responses to Strathcona Provincial Park

  1. Jean-Paul DUMONT says:

    I love the Canada jay! Especially now that, at long last, I understand it all takes place on Vancouver island. Do continue to enjoy.

  2. Wendy says:

    I really enjoyed these pictures…it’s a privilege to be taken along on your adventures. The water in the trout stream is so clear it’s invisible! Thanks and hello to that fairest flower!

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