I seem to be doing the cross-eyed thing again. It makes me laugh though. I think I end up staring at the camera lens waiting for the damn timer to go off.
The Comox Marina Park is land that essentially did not exist when I was a little girl. It was created by dredging the bay and although it is a beautiful park I have mixed feelings about the process as it changed the beach from a rocky one to a muddy one. The Courtney River empties into the Comox Bay and brings with it a great deal of silt. That silt used to wash well out into the bay but now it accumulates on the shore due to the creation of land and a breakwater which impede that flow. With the dredging and the creating of land where it hadn't existed before, not only did the town gain a park, but an individual managed to prosper by somehow acquiring the rights to build condominiums on some of that land. I guess if you know the right people and grease the right palms you get to do magical things like create land that wasn't there before and then sell it to people.
Anyhow, controversies aside, the park is much used in summer, for various events, and is a popular place for children to play and dog owners to toss frisbees. There is a commercial fishing wharf there as well was a town owned marina and a private marina. There are pubs in the area and a promenade that goes out over the breakwater and is very popular for an evening stroll.
I couldn't resist taking a photo of the bright yellow flowers against the dark water even though this plant is considered a weed. I know it as wild mustard but am not familiar with any other name for it.
This is a Ceanothus, also known as California Lilac, growing low and espaliered against a large rock. The blue flowers are often filled with bees and I once had a large specimen in my garden that vibrated with their buzzing every afternoon.
And here is Euphorbia polychroma, growing between some rocks. It glows beautifully in the evening sun.
I walked out along the boardwalk that covers the breakwater.
Sometimes a pile of junk is as colourful as the flowers and foliage.
There was a large planting of Spirea japonica, which will be covered with pink flowers in summer, and with bees too!
I don't have the photography skills to capture the blue of the muscari and not lose the detail in the white narcissus.
A white plastic cup caught my eye under a tree and I was going to put it in the garbage bin until I noticed that someone had filled it with water and placed a red tulip inside it. I left it alone, wondering if it had any significance for the person who placed it there and imagining a child marking the grave site of a small bird. It's something I would have done as a child.
I have to admit I am not a fan of totem poles nor most native art, but it is very un-PC of me to say so.
As I left the park two last things caught my eye. The first was like a little hobbit hole in the cedar hedge I walked past.
Thank you for joining me on this walk. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.