Parksville Wetlands walk

Parksville wetland maple tree sunshine
Parksville Wetlands walk

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.

Parksville Wetlands Walk
Great trails for dogs

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!

wetland meadows
wetland meadows

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.

railroad tracks
old railroad tracks

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.

Enchanted forest
Enchanted forest

Beautiful red columbine flowers were also in bloom.  They are vibrant red in color so they really stand out.

Wetland Flowers
Red Columbine and Oceanspray blooms

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.

Also Enos Lake hike here!


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Horne Lake Adventure

Horne Lake Adventure
Horne Lake Adventure
Beautiful Horne Lake

On a beautiful Saturday morning we decided to head out on a Horne Lake Adventure.

Horne Lake
Beach view

A lovely view of the lake from the beach.  Great picnic sites are available with fire pits.

Horne Lake Cave entrance
Horne Lake Main Cave entrance

Hiking up to the Horne Lake Caves we travel through an ancient mossy Pacific rain forest in its perfection.  The Main cave entrance is unique in its unfolding columns of stone.

Horne Lake Cave
Entering the main cave

We didn’t have our flashlights with us to explore the inside of the cave but it was exciting to poke our heads in!

Inner Main Cave
Just inside the cave entrance

We really had a great Horne Lake Adventure and we are already planning our next one.

Terrace Beach Lookout here!


Enos Lake hike

Enos Lake hike 3
Enos Lake hike
Enos Lake, Nanoose

Nature time this week included a Enos Lake hike in Nanoose on Vancouver Island.  Easy to access the trail and the hike to the lake is around 30 minutes.

Enos Lake Hike 2
Easy hike downhill

The trail is downhill to the lake and is in good shape.  Not many people were present which was a real bonus for enjoying the quiet nature.

Enos Lake Hike 3
A healthy beaver pond on one of the side trails

We took the wrong turn on the trail and ended up by a large beaver pond that was buzzing with insects!

Common whitetail dragonfly
Common whitetail dragonfly

There were lots of the Common whitetail dragonflies flying around.  They are amazing fliers and fun to watch.  During the heat of the day we were lucky the mosquitoes were scarce!

Enos Lake Hike Lily Pads
Water lilies (Nymphaeaceae)

Lots of frogs were croaking as well.  They would probably love to hang out on these lily pads.

Enos Lake nature path
Enos Lake nature path

We found the right path to the lake.  It is a bit more challenging with lots of exposed roots from the large Douglas Fir and Red Cedar trees.  It’s all downhill to the lake from here!

Enos Lake hike ravine
Winding our way down the deep woods ravine to Enos Lake

I really love the nature in these deep woods ravines.  Lots of big trees and knarley landscapes.  We see glimpses of the lake below now.

Enos Lake hike 3
Enos Lake

A beautiful lake in nature is uplifting and spiritual.

Go play outside!

Little Qualicum Falls hike here!





 

 

Little Qualicum Falls

Little Qualicum Falls vibes
Little Qualicum Falls trail
Snowy trail in to Little Qualicum Falls
little qualicum falls

A short but slippery hike in to Little Qualicum Falls.  Beautiful green shades contrasted against the snow make you feel like you are in a fantasy world of nature.  It is extremely quiet today until we turn a corner and start to hear the falls.

Little Qualicum falls spring
full view of the falls

A slight mist in the air helps create a vibrant scene of water cascading down a rocky gorge.  Truly an elemental nature experience.  A person could be mesmerized for hours staring at all this lovely water.

Little Qualicum Falls vibes
Elemental water vibes

The closer you look the better it gets.  You can really feel the spirit of the deep forest waterfall.  It is a special healing experience hiking into this gem of nature.  Nature is the mirror image of spiritual reality.

Little Qualicum Falls closeup
waterfalls closeup

We really enjoyed this short deep forest walk to the Falls.  There are longer walks you can take if you wish.   This park is very easy to access and the parking is great.  I recommend it to anyone who loves nature.  Please check the link below for more information on the park.

Provincial Park info here

Play “Deep Forest Chill” on Spotify!

Vancouver Island beaches here!

 

Deep Forest fractals

Deep Forest fractal
Deep Forest fractal
Deep Forest Fractals Forest walk

A walk in the forest has inspired a few deep forest fractals.  I love the elements and textures of a well-evolved old growth forest.

Deep Forest stump mandala
Deep Forest stump mandala
Deep Forest Fractals cedar stumps

There are lots of old red cedar stumps in the forest that are perfect for nature mandalas.  Many old trees that have been cut down are kept alive by other trees in the area.  Their roots are nurtured and provided with nutrients by other plant roots for still unknown purposes.

Deep forest moss mandala
Deep forest moss mandala
Moss mandalas and Deep Forest Fractals

Deep forest moss is everywhere in the forest especially during the moist winter months in the Pacific Northwest Canada.  Their soft and intricate textures make a lovely mandala as above.

Take the time to walk in your special nature paradise especially when you feel your energy is low and you need to recharge.   Equally important, being in the deep forest helps me to focus on what is important in my life.  The modern world contains too many distractions.  These distractions can complicate your life and can cause depression.  When we walk in the deep forest we are returning to a default world full of fresh air and good nature vibes!  Consequently – how can you not feel better for it! 🙂

Trillium mandala here