Phew, what a day. So many good things!!! Life is good.
It started out with the news that Bill’s third book is FINALLY published. It had been with the publisher in the UK for “only” 3+ years, but something called Covid seems to have delayed things just a bit. It’s now available in the UK, and will be in Canada in mid April on Amazon.ca. His passion for study and research has paid off, with many speaking engagements on this topic over the past couple of years, all to glowing reviews. He is in the last stages of his fourth book; we hope this one won’t take as long to be published.
With the weather forecast predicting sunshine, blue skies and temperatures in the mid-teens, we targeted today for our annual ‘Bike for Blossoms” tour in Victoria. Nothing says spring like biking under the blossoming trees in March, and if you are lucky, seeing the Olympic mountains across the water as we cycle along the waterfront of the Juan de Luca Strait. And today did not disappoint us on either account.
We started with visiting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit at the Royal BC Museum. This is a contest held yearly by the Natural History Museum in London, UK. We were lucky enough to see it there several years ago, and I saw the 2022 edition in November with Kirk, when I was in London. We discovered that it came across the ocean, so Bill and I went this morning. It was as impressive the second time around. Not only are the images, in many different categories, stunning, I was amazed at reading how the photographers approached their craft. Crawling on beaches, through swamps, under the water, patiently waiting for the right moment was awe-inspriring. If possible, I recommend seeing the exhibit in person. But if that’s not possible, you can see most of the photos HERE.
Biking for Blossoms
While waiting to meet up with Nicky and Derek, we enjoyed our picnic lunch, lizarding in the sunshine, inspired by the view of the Olympic Mountains across the water. It was a bit hazy, but we could appreciate the enormous amounts of snow that have hit the west coast this year. It was a piece of heaven.
After that, we set out on the hunt for blossoms. Although most of the non-fruit trees are not yet in leaf, the blossom trees are the first ones to herald spring. And although it was not yet at peak, there was lots to look at, and appreciate. We have not yet seen much around our house, because the blossom parade seems to start from the south of the Island and move north. So our turn will come. It’s part of the joy of extended spring here. There are so many types of trees, that blossom at different times, so we get to enjoy it for a long time.
Biking for Baker
The bike path and streets were buzzing with people of all ages, shapes and sizes, enjoying the early spring weather. And we stopped many times to appreciate the views and the sunshine.
But the star of the show really was Mt. Baker. Soaring to 2430 m, and just over the border in Washington state below Abbotsford, it’s visible from many vantage points around the island, especially on clear days. And boy, did it show up today. It was this huge white peak soaring above everything else, fully snow covered. Contrasted with the blue sky, it was stunning. The fun part was that as we made our way along the waterfront, we saw it several times. Large and imposing on the horizon, it was hard to miss. I can’t remember seeing it quite this vivid before. It was such a treat.
So overall it was a spectacular day, better shared with loved ones. The route and some more pictures, can be found HERE
It’s on days like this that we still pinch ourselves that we live in this paradise and able to do and enjoy experiences like today.
2 thoughts on “Biking for Blossoms”
Looks like you guys had another stellar day!
And congratulations to Bill on the release of his newest book! 😀
I looked up the mountain I was skiing on last weekend.
2436m. Pipped mt Baker by 6 metres. 😀