Five Bald Eagles were above the ticket booth at the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal when we arrived for our trip to Salt Spring Island last week. There appeared to be two adults and three juveniles.
A light rain and brisk breeze gave these youth a bit of a bad hair day.
The crows weren't as happy as I was to see the eagles..
and kept up a steady harassment strategy..
that annoyed, but didn't seem to discourage the eagles. The girl at the ticket booth told me that she considers it one of the bonuses of her job that she can follow this eagle family quite closely. She said this was the first year for three juveniles to fledge successfully.
I'm not sure if this was a young adult or one of the eagle parents. His/her face had quite a few dark patches (it takes about four years for their heads to become white). I love this shot for the feeling it inspires of going straight into the new year with a "no holds barred" attitude.
This was the view I woke up to on our first morning at Salt Spring.
Raven has a steady stream of most appreciative visitors to her home and she looks after them every bit as beautifully as she looked after us. This Nuthatch was just one of many to provide entertainment while we ate our breakfast.
We saw this Blue Jay just as we arrived at Beddis Beach for a walk later in the day.
Even the grey day could not disguise the beauty of the surroundings.
Black Jack was having one of those days when she seemed to want to go in opposite directions to wherever Bill or I headed.
This brightly painted birdhouse was one of many along the fenceposts of a property we discovered nearby. (more photos to follow in tomorrow's ABC post)
Back again in Ganges (the largest town on the island), I loved the colours in this building, a home design store for Elements.
The view by the marina included a variety of boats..
as well as a bit of blue sky, an Arbutus tree and even a bicycle.
The following morning, Black Jack, like the eagle, faced "straight ahead" to 2013.
Mrs. Downey Woodpecker allowed several opportunities for through-the-window photos.
A seagull flying determinedly forward,
a girl squirrel named Dukie,
and a visit to Ruckle Provincial Park were just a few of the highlights of our visit.
And peeking out from that tree at Ruckle Park are.. you guessed it.. Bill and Black Jack! No wonder I am so thankful and optimistic! They have made this year a memorable and happy one and I can't say goodbye to 2012 without letting them know how much they are loved.
I can't forget my family members in Ottawa either. My sister and her beautiful first grandson are shown in this photo taken during our visit last February, but each member of the family is near and dear to my heart, and very much in my thoughts on this New Year's Eve.
Back in Vancouver, meet Elvis, another of the appreciated people in my life. He is an ex-student and he cuts my hair. How cool is that!
I am excited to tell you that he and his wife Michelle have recently had their first child, a beautiful baby girl named Elianna. Happy New Year to her and heartfelt congratulations to her very proud parents!
One of my favourite Vancouver traditions is the decorating of these trees by Sunset Beach.
Their familiar warmth brightens many hearts.
This is my second practice attempt at an inchie. It represents my hopefulness to follow through with some goals for 2013. Although improving my drawing is not at the top of my list, I figure any progress made will bode well for the more challenging resolutions inscribed in my heart of hearts. The theme is "night" and I have left it in small format, as the drawing is done on a square inch of paper. Perhaps, some of you will join me next week, for the official 2013 start of this excellent inchie blog meme.
Thank you, dear readers, for stopping by throughout 2012 (and some for much longer) to read, and often, to leave much appreciated comments. Each visit has meant a great deal to me. I know many of you will also find time to visit other "Our World Tuesday" bloggers. The opportunity to bring people from around the world into our lives is an encouraging sign as we seek answers to some of the challenges of 2012, while taking care to preserve and strengthen the many aspects that were good and right.