It was a wonderful summer day to have a Parksville Wetlands walk. A great place to enjoy many different species of plants, animals and fungi.
A short distance to the trail head we passed through rolling meadows with hard hack blooming. There is a gravel trail to walk on that changes into a soft forest path as you enter the main trail. Also there is a sign so you know you are in the right place!
Over the railroad track and into the forest we go. No trains are running on this track today but maybe one day the train will go by as it use to.
The Oceanspray was blooming and the white flowers were draped everywhere on the paths. I felt like I was in a magic forest. It was very enchanting.
Beautiful red columbine flowers were also in bloom. They are vibrant red in color so they really stand out.
In conclusion, I am very thankful for all these day trails in the Parksville area. Easily accessible and a great place to find peace and serenity. Chill out time in nature is important to body, mind and soul.
Nature is an amazing place to spend time especially for a Terrace Beach sunset! After a wonderful day hiking the Wild Pacific Trail we took another walk to the beach for this spectacular sunset.
Terrace Beach is located in the town of Ucluelet on the Pacific Rim of Canada. It is a wonderful place during the day for beach-combing, paddle boarding or just to enjoy the sun and surf. The sunsets are fabulous here and I am thankful to see this particular one.
Fall is the time for many different colors especially during sunset. Chill out on the beach and enjoy the atmospheric peacefulness. The moment of the sun setting had an ethereal presence about it.
Enjoying a sunset is easy everywhere so take the time to catch one in your nature areas. You will be happier that you did because nature is the mirror image of spiritual reality. Being in nature makes you feel better!
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A weekly deep dream session featuring ghost pipe plant deep dream images. This plant is strange to begin with and then you add a little artificial intelligence. Amazing psy-nature images.
These interesting ghost pipe plants live in deep woods and they are rare. Most of the plant is below the surface with only the flowers and stems rising above the earth.
I love the way deep dream apps morph their subjects to create very unusual and unique abstracts. This coral or bone setting really brings out the detail. Monotropa uniflora is an artists dream plant.
Lots of gardens in bloom right now on Vancouver Island my home. The above image creates a deep dream garden of abstract ghost pipe plant flowers. Almost looks like a stained glass panel.
The flowers of the ghost pipe plant take on an alien appearance with this deep dream image. It really helps you to believe that the woods are alive! Take a walk in the deep woods and get inspired by the unique nature that surrounds you!
I love to hike in Shelly Creek ravine close to my home. It is peaceful and quiet even though there is a major highway and city nearby. A few steps from the concrete city and you are immersed in the deep forest ravine of Shelly Creek. The air is fresh and the ground is soft for a lovely hike in the woods. Go play outside.
Shelly Creek has a large volume of water that flows down to the ocean in the winter. During the summer months the creek disappears underground for most of the summer. Because of this there are only a few areas that pool with enough water for fish habitat.
Many interesting plants and fungi grow in the creek area. Maidenhair ferns (Adiatum aleuticum) are very green and pretty. They are found very close to the creek which would indicate the need for moisture.
Throughout the ravine are remnants of the old mountain bike trails. The above bike jump is situated very high above the ravine. Some of the jumps have been repaired in the last year but they still need some work before they are usable. It would have be great to watch the riders use these jumps and get some air time!
Shelly Creek adventures in nature would be no fun without a canine companion. Russell is always in the creek when the weather is hot or when it is not!
In conclusion I hope you find your little local nature hide away and enjoy the healthy benefits of Mother Nature.