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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

East Sooke Park and all the pretty little ladies....

I've taken you here before in the height of summer.
East Sooke park is heaven at any time of year but especially in the spring.
The world is waking up after a long, wet, windy winter...
 Spanish moss now just floats in the slight breeze...
Pathways lined with Arbutus trees just beginning to shed their bark...
These fields used to be home to the Aylard family and many many cows roamed these meadows...
The houses and barns long gone and all but an old power pole remain in the distance...
Burial mounds dot the landscape...
 Long before the settlers, this land was an important place for the native Indians...
Through the grass, little English daisies smile up to the sun and me...
Wild strawberries crouch low on the ground, later to become the tiny but delectable fruit of June...
...and traces of new life can be found everywhere...
The beaches and trails here are magnificent...
 This view looks south to Washington State and the Olympic mountain range...
Howdy neighbours!
While walking through the woods, just out of the corner of my eye, I spot them...
The tiniest bit of pink, poking her head through the moss.
And then a closer look...
 The lovely Pink Lady Slipper orchid!
Like a dressed up opera star, singing her little heart out...
 A bit of a rarity and this little patch gifted to me on this gorgeous spring day!
Thank you ladies!




6 comments:

Meggs said...

What a lovely little lady slipper! I love East Sooke Park so much.

M.

Mary said...

Lovely photos of an enchanting park. :) I love the new orchid. She's magnificent indeed.

Lyn rosiepink said...

What a fabulous part of the world to enjoy! I felt relaxed just looking at the photos, so I can't imagine how good you felt actually being there.

the wild magnolia said...

straight from my dreams.

farmlady said...

Such beauty... and the fact that it's on the water makes it even more lovely.
I like those Arbutus trees and those close ups are really good... and there's that dog again. Love that dog!

Melody said...

What a beautiful place, and gorgeous photos!!
What Fabulous and fascinating tree with the peely pink bark! :)))