Monday, 28 April 2014

Come Walk With Me at Marina Park

It was such a beautiful evening I had to risk a walk.  This is a town where a distance that would take half an hour or more to walk, can be travelled by car in five minutes or less.  I drove the short distance to save myself an hour of walking, knowing that just a walk in the park would already be overextending myself.  I grabbed my camera and my poor unpopular military jacket and off I went.  Of course I paused to demonstrate my modelling skills first.

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.
                                    
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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.

These flowering cherries are at the top of the hill leading down to the park.

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.


To the east is the commercial fishing wharf.  The fishermen often sell their catch of the day right from their boats.  To the west is the marina for pleasure craft.


 I walked out along the boardwalk that covers the breakwater.


At the end of the boardwalk you can look back across the marina at where the town meets the shore. This is actually looking in the direction of my own home.


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!

Oriental poppies are always one of my favourites in the garden.  I love the little hairs catching the light here.


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.


And the last was a pink rhododendron flower glowing in the midst of it's glossy green foliage.

Thank you for joining me on this walk.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

38 comments:

  1. Thank you for the magnificent glimpse of your world. So different to ours, with your snowy mountains and glossy greens. I hope your walk wasn't too tiring and you feel it was worth it. Love your green belt! And love so many of your shots. You could be a guest BeautyScoper!

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    1. Thanks for coming along, Jazz. Isn't it amazing the variety of scenery the world has to offer? In another month the mountains will lose much of their snow and it will come back in November. One of the things I love about it here is that there is so much of the green year round. I lived in the north of BC for awhile and I desperately missed rain, green leaves and the smell of salt water.

      I was actually thinking about your BeautyScope feature as I took pictures because I love some of your unusual subjects. My eye is always drawn to the plants but I love close up photos of textures.

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  2. I enjoyed every second of the walk as I looked at these beautiful photos Shawna. Your modelling skills are spot on. Love your top!

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    1. Thanks, Elsie, I am considering quitting my day job and becoming a model full time. Oh wait, I don't have a day job. ;-)
      xo

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  3. Yay! Thank you so much for sharing the sights of your walk with us. Given your love of gardening and plants, I think it must have been wonderful. :D

    Something I do to try to minimize me staring at the camera looking scared is to look down or away with pokerface (I use a 10 second timer) and look back/smile at the lens at the last second. Slightly mixed results, but overall better than O.O, which is how I used to always look.

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    1. Good tip, thanks! My strategy is to stare at it while the timer counts down thinking okay come on hurry up! I am in a cross eyed trance by the time the camera clicks.

      Thanks for coming along on the walk! It was so wonderful to just get out and enjoy my surroundings, I really wanted to share it.
      xo

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  4. That was a delightful walk, Shawna! How lovely to have such a beautiful spot nearby, I love the flowers and blossom, and always enjoy views of the sea and a marina.
    Lovely colours on your top - matching the cherry blossom, ceanothus and grape hyacinths, and very soft and flattering. xxx

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    1. I could long for some of the things that a city brings sometimes, but it is also lovely to live in a small town and to enjoy the beautiful scenery we have. I grew up here and didn't realise how beautiful it is until I left for several years and found myself longing to come back. In addition to the pretty scenery, I am passionately in love with the smell of the west coast but it's a little more difficult to share that on a blog. ;-)
      xo

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  5. How I miss the Island! : ( So much green. And the view of the mountains always calmed me. You are so lucky to live there.

    Thanks for sharing : ) I feel like I took a bit of a vacation.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I am indeed lucky to live here and I do know it. I'm glad I could give you a little vacation. Thanks for stopping by!
      xo

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  6. Ahhh, God's own country (if you believe in God). You are so lucky to live there. We have the gorgeous foliage here, but no bays or snow-capped peaks. The muscari - is that the same as harebells? I love the little tulip in the cup.

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    1. Personally I believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster. You can find him online preaching to the Pastafarians.
      Muscari is the Latin name for Grapehyacinth. I always use Latin names to identify a plant because many different plants share the same common name so it can get confusing. :-)
      xo

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  7. I really enjoyed that stroll and learnt a few plant names along the way - I can show off next time we have visitors, there's several of those specimens in our garden.
    What a lovely place you live in, marinas, wharfs and the like. I'd be all ovre that totem pole, I've never seen one for real. xxx

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    1. Thanks Vix, I have a whole catalog of plants and latin names in my head. When I say I used to be an avid gardner, I'm not kidding! LOL Many people like the totem poles, particularly if they are not from North America. I suppose we like what is a novelty to us.
      xo

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  8. Nice idea to take us with you and to this lovely park.It's such a blessing to love the place you live. How come you have such an interest on flower names? I can't eave without saying how much Iike your jacket. I won't buy one soon because I will hide all my other ones in the basement.

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    1. Hi Kelly, thanks for coming along! I am glad you like my jacket; I like it a lot too and it is sooooo comfortable. For more than twenty years of my life I had a large garden and was an avid gardener, to put it mildly. I simply have catalog of plants and their names in my head although I no longer have a garden of my own.
      I have a picture in my mind of you sneaking into the basement to get a jacket now and then. LOL

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  9. Oh Shawna, what a glorious place! It seems so familiar, and yet with your own local twist. I will never get tired of the beauty of this region... I know that some day I might move to another place (I am a nomad), and I know that I will miss it, even the rain (I actually like rain, I always did)... I know exactly what you mean about the smell... it's one of best smells in the world to me. Thank you, it was a delightful walk with you! :)

    I like your colorful top, and the belt is fun and looks like it's perfect for your military jacket. I really like the way you look here - stylish, modern, sweet and confident!

    Hugses!
    ps and you do know your plants!!! :)

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    1. LOL-I am actually bilingual, Natalia. I speak English and Botanical Latin. ;-)
      I feel that same familiarity when I see photos of your area. I have been to Seattle, and spent a weekend somewhere outside of it, can't remember where, for a soccer tournament once. My son's not mine-lol. I am not a nomad. I am a tree with deep roots and I die without sea water. ;-)
      Hugses right back to you!

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    2. Hmm, I wonder where it was... could be anywhere of course. It would be much easier to figure out the location if your son was a swimmer! :)

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    3. I think it might have been Tuquilla. I remember a very family oriented hotel where we all stayed, it was near the tournament park and there was a large amusement area and probably a pool. My son was maybe around 12 at the time, so this was several years ago.

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  10. What a lovely place to have on your doorstep. I always find it relaxing to walk near water and great to watch the boats with their comings and goings.

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    1. I always love a harbour area, whether it's a busy city one or a more quiet recreational one like ours. It's fun to watch the boats and the dragon boats practicing. If you watch for awhile you will usually see a seal too.

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  11. What a treat! Thank you. I loved the tour ... a place very near some of my very favorite places in the whole world. My huz and I honeymooned in Nanaimo. I miss the PNW a lot ( a decade in Seattle after one in Alaska.)
    You don't look cross eyed so much as REALLY focused. Try looking just above your camera lens and watch the flashing light peripherally! Just a thought from one who does the same thing ... way too often.
    I can't believe you admit to not caring for Northwest native designs and art! I remember saying the exact same thing!!!! And I've always felt guilty. I was tired of the focus on it (to the exclusion of everything else) in Alaska when I wanted to see contemporary photo-realist figurative paintings in the Anchorage museum. I said something so pissy and rude that I won't repeat it. I've gotten over it and have learned to appreciate it enthusiastically. I NEVER thought I'd hear another soul admit it. Ha!
    Why is your army jacket disliked?
    Love your hair, too!

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    1. I am very near Nanaimo, just a little further north. Although the Comox Valley has grown hugely in the past couple of decades, Nanaimo is still a popular shopping destination since the inland highway gets us there in just over an hour. I love Qualicum too. Did you ever get there? Qualicum and Parksville have pretty much blended.

      When I was a teacher I could not admit to my dislike of Northwest native art. I honestly find the whole culture very dull and primitive and think it is pushed too much. That's a very politically incorrect opinion and would not be accepted in the education system. The closest I come to appreciating it is like the artwork of Emily Carr.

      I was sort of joking about the army jacket, just because in a previous post I'd worn it with a rather bland combination and asked for some feedback on my outfit and it was the jacket most people thought wasn't working. It is very soft and comfortable and I love it, but recognise that it probably looks better if the top underneath is a bit more interesting. I also pulled in the drawstring waist as much as I could to give it a better shape, though I generally prefer to wear it undone. On the other hand, while I would like to look my best, standing out is not my goal so I don't mind at all if my outfit is not always an eye catcher.
      Oh and thanks re the hair. It's growing out and some of my natural wave is coming back in the form of what I call sticky-outy-bits.
      xo

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  12. Isn't it lovely to live near the water? I think it calls us at times, I know I have a desire even if it's for a few minutes to go and look at the sea. Your trip was beautiful and your knowledge of flowers names is incredible (I am dreadful, we used to call dandelions 'wet the bed' no idea why!) and I really do like your poses, the timer is a pain though, mine is 3 or 12 secs which is either horrified face or picking my nose haha! x x x

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    1. i know more about plants than most people need to know or want me to tell them! I believe that dandelion leaves are diuretic and that is why it is sometimes called wet the bed. Or else people get so drunk on dandelion wine they can't wake up in time to get to the bathroom.

      It is my instinct to stick my leg out a bit, and in fact I really do stand like that most of the time. It drove my ex nuts and he always accused me of trying to trip him. I told him to get out of my personal space. Good marriage, huh?

      I think nose picking as a pose could be a new trend and you are the woman to start it!
      xo

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  13. Oh, that park is awesome! I would adore taking a walk there. Makes me want to take a trip to Lake Erie or Huron (and someday to the Pacific NW). Love your boots, Shawna! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  14. Thanks, Tina. I am lucky to have so many lovely places for walking.

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  15. Thank you for the lovely images!! I love visiting new places and even though I had a tiny visit (like overnight) to Vancouver recently, I see I need to come back. The scenery is breathtaking. The flowers are gorgeous and I enjoy learning a little more about them. I like your outfit, too!!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Jean! Vancouver Island is indeed worth a visit and I recommend taking the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria (as opposed to the one to Nanaimo) at least one way as it is the most scenic trip. It's awfully hard to get to all the lovely places there are and the island needs to be a destination not a detour because it takes some time, effort and cash to get here. I hope you do manage it sometime, though.

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  16. Great to see you feeling well enough to get out and about.
    xx

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  17. What a gorgeous place to live.. and to go for a walk! ;)
    Awesome pictures.. enjoyed this post very much. Thank you for sharing.
    I love your outfit, the shirt is amazing, love these colors and the nice pattern. What I also like today is your hair style.. looks very good :)

    have a nice week
    Dana
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de/

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  18. A pretty weed is still pretty!! These pictures are gorgeous. Manmade park or not, it's a beautiful area!

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    1. Yes that is so true! It's only a weed if you don't want it!

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  19. Cute outfit & lovely park! You have inspired me to want to take more walks in parks when I exercise. The suburbs are so boring.

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    1. I have set myself a goal of one park walk per week. It means driving to them but it does sometimes beat walking around the neighbourhood.

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  20. You certainly look super cute in your walking outfit ... Thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos of your walk in the park. The only walking I get done nowadays is on the treadmill at the gym as we do not have any safe parks around where I live.

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    1. Lynn I have been thinking about you and wondering how you are! I'm sorry you don't have any safe parks to walk in. I'm sure you get better exercise on the treadmill than I do strolling around a park with my camera!

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