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It's starting to look a lot like summer


Barnston Island

Killdear And Savannah Sparrow
There are a lot of places in Vancouver you hear about but never really know much about.  There is a free ferry at Barnston Island.  It's a bird watching site.  Someone mentioned it was a good day trip.  There is a park.  It was finally time to go check the place out.  Helen and I got on the road at the crack of 11:30am and a few exits of the highway later we stepped onto the ferry to Barnston Island.



Fraston Farm
This island isn't a park - it's working farm country.  There are more than 20 different farms on the island and the house numbers go past 200.  Some farms are just fields growing grass, other had a few horses and the largest were full dairy operations.  We saw some cranberry fields that could be very cool at harvest time.

Horses Feeding

Helen Making A New FriendMy Hand Is Washed

Tall Trees Along Road Side
The perimeter road around the island is very quite and walking (or biking) around the island was quite.  The circle route all the way around is about 10km (it took us 2+ hours to walk).


Snails On Trunk
One of Helen's find was a short tree that was positively infested with snails.  The little guys were motoring too - I was worried about motion blur on some shots.  I was surprised to find snails can travel completely upside down.

Snails Traveling Under Branch

We got to the park at the West end of the island (downstream end) and had our snack and walked back to the ferry to go home.

West End Of The IslandFerry Coming Into Dock

A great day!
 
Kayaking in Deep Cove
I've done a number of Kayaking trips on coast of BC so I don't feel that bad getting into a Kayak.  (Ignore that I have rolled way more than my fair share of Kayaks).   We were considering renting Kayaks for the May Long Weekend so I wanted to go out for a paddle and make sure my skills were up to speed (minus the rolling)

Helen At StartOther Side Of Channel

Feeding GullOcean Going Canada Geese
We basically just showed up at Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak Center and asked for a Kayak.  Amazingly they had a double free so we rented for 3 hours and picked a destination - Jug Island.   It was nice to be back in a Kayak.  On the way over we saw a seal and two cormorants on rocks.  The Island itself is somewhat small but there is a sandy bit of beach that would be worth beaching and getting out of the Kayak.


  We paddled back across the arm and came back via the rich homes on the coast. 

Rich Peoples HomesBack To Harbour

Tuning?  Bring more water and I need to replace my Tilly hat that I lost the last time I rolled a Kayak.  It was good two plus hours.

Mothers Day
 
Helen Mom And I
My parents live on the Island so it was nice that they could come over to join us for Mothers Day.  We booked a nice lunch at The Fish House in Stanley Park.  After lunch we went out for a walk and a few pictures.
 


Parents With ATower BehindParents On FenceParents With Plants Behind



Parents On Fence
Fraston Farm
Tags: farm, sign
Parents With ATower Behind
Snails On Trunk
Species: Cepaea nemoralis (grovesnail)
Tags: shallow depth of field, snail
Parents With Plants Behind
Person: Janet, Lloyd
Killdear And Savannah Sparrow
Species: Passerculus sandwichensis (Savannah Sparrow), Charadrius vociferus (Killdeer)
Tags: bird
Back To Harbour
Location: Go To...
Tags: kayaking
Feeding Gull
Species: Larus glaucescens (glaucous-winged gull)
Tags: bird
Ocean Going Canada Geese
Species: Branta canadensis (canada goose)
West End Of The Island
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: beach, river
Helen Mom And I
Person: Helen, Janet, John
Rich Peoples Homes
Tags: house
Snails Traveling Under Branch
Species: Cepaea nemoralis (grovesnail)
Tags: shallow depth of field, snail
My Hand Is Washed
Person: Helen
Helen At Start
Tags: kayaking
Tall Trees Along Road Side
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: farm, field
Other Side Of Channel
Tags: kayaking
Helen Making A New Friend
Tags: farm animal
Ferry Coming Into Dock
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: ferry, river
Horses Feeding
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: farm animal, field, horse
Tags: kayaking(3), river(2), farm(2), farm animal(2), field(2), bird(2)
People: Helen(2), Janet(2), John(1), Lloyd(1)
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