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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Shelly Creek Adventures in Nature

Shelly Creek adventures in nature bike jump

 

Shelly Creek Adventures
Shelly Creek ravine
SHELLY CREEK ADVENTURES IN NATURE

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
Shelly Creek flowing down to the ocean

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.

Maidenhair fern Adiatum aleuticum
Maidenhair fern Adiatum aleuticum

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.

Shelley Creek bike jump
Shelley Creek bike jump

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!

Jack Russell Shelly creek
Jack Russell Shelly creek

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.

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Turkey tail mushrooms

 

Beach Dog Vancouver Island

Beach dog
Life’s a beach!
Beach dog Vancouver Island

An awesome day to enjoy the beach with your best friend – beach dog Vancouver Island!  Go play outside 🙂

Beach dog BLACK LAB
Go Play Outside!

Similarly please check out Black Lab Nature here!

My black Labrador dog loves the beach.  Black Beauty will go anytime you want her to.  She especially loves her beach toy and will retrieve it for you when you throw it in the ocean.

Beach dog love
Beach dog love

Going to the beach with my dog is always a fantastic time for both of us.  Beach energy makes you feel wonderful.  The sand is soft on your feet and the air is fresh!
More beach dog photos here!

 

Sand Sculpting Canada 150 in Parksville

Sand sculpture 1
“Coming together” sand sculpture
Sand sculpting

An amazing year and “Canada 150” theme for the sand sculpting festival in Parksville!

Iron Horse
Iron Horse

Beautiful weather and just the right kind of sand can help the artists produce fantastic sculptures like the “Iron Horse” above.

The Last Spike
The Last Spike

The detail on “The Last Spike” is phenomenal!

Native Bear
Native Bear

The size and realistic features make this bear one of the many fantastic sand sculptures you can see in Parksville on the beach for a month. Come on down and spend some beach time! 🙂

Parksville Beach psychedelic here!

Turkey Tail Mushrooms and mandala

Turkey tail mushrooms mandala
Turkey tail mushrooms
Turkey tail mushrooms (Trametes versicolor)
Turkey tail mushrooms

Hiking in the woods around Parksville, British Columbia reveals many lovely Turkey tail “shrooms”.  These layered mushrooms were growing on a decaying log  just off of a forest nature trail.   I must admit that these mushrooms were definitely some of the most interesting fungi I have seen in awhile.

All the color and textures contribute to a beautiful Turkey tail mandala.  As you can see the colors and textures worked out perfectly for this fractal.  Deep forest love would you believe!

Happy Mandala Monday and thanks for checking out my blog.  Please share with your friends as well!

Turkey tail mushrooms mandala
 Mushroom mandala vibes

More mushrooms here!