One of the nicest walks we had on Saltspring Island was in Duck Creek Park.
It was another soft, grey day and so the maples in their golden,
yellow dress showed up just right for some photos...
I'm unclear on the history of this place even though I searched for some
story to unfold. For now it's past remains a mystery but not it's beauty.
Off leash dog parks are hard to find in some places and Saltspring was
one of those. Understandably so, since there are numerous sheep farms and
everyone knows that vagrant and wandering dogs can cause a real
threat to sheep farmers (well, mostly to the sheep themselves!).
Many have been shot on sight.
So Griff was happy to run through these maple laced,
sand coloured fields without threat...
Down near the creek we found a big ant nest still bustling with activity...
Into the woods we wandered and I took my cue from Ansel Adams
and set my camera on black and white...
Tones, texture, light and shadow come forth with these trees...
And then right in the bottom of the darkest spot of the creek I saw a flash of colour.
These tiny wild cyclamens were quite happy in this hollow, growing on
a big mossy rock. The only ones around. They were only about 4" high...
How brave and lovely they are!