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Hi my name is Nora and Welcome to my blog world. This is a nature and birding photo blog about Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. I am trying to be a birder and I take photos of the birds and scenery I find. I hope you enjoy your time here and please come back again. PHOTOS WILL ENLARGE IF CLICKED. The photos are slide show enabled if you click on them. If you click on the top lighthouse photo it always takes you to the most recent summary list of my postings.

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Monday, April 08, 2013

More Island Life




Today we will just do some More Island Life for letter "M" at our
ABC carnival meme.




Magenta is our color today.  The above photos are from the Magical Butchart Gardens taken last year as the season is just starting out there. Now I will attempt to pop in many "m" words and photos.
Above are the Mute Swans out at Esquimalt Lagoon and below are some of the Many Brant Geese out at Island View Beach.

Here is the little Marsh Wren again from Swan Lake. He is very easy to photograph as he has no fear and builds his nest in the muddy reeds and gets mad when you come close to it.

We found a Great Blue Heron out at Maber Flats recently, however the fields will be drained and farmed this year so no birding there now.

This is near the Marina in Oak Bay below.
Hooded Mergansers below from the Majestic Kings Pond. Both are
males on a mission to impress a female for a mate.


The moody morning mist at Cowichan Bay.
Even the mist had a magenta look to it.

Genoa Bay Marina still looks the same---magnificent marine scenery there.

The moss covered trees out at Todd Inlet.
If you click the pictures they will magnify.
There still are not many shorebirds around except out on the outer islands.


I hope you all have a happy blogging week and get lots of comments and I thank you in advance for any comments you can manage to make to my blog as well.
Thank you to these memes for allowing bloggers to share their story.  I may not remember to enter them all but I still list them for others and as this is the quick way for me to do it.

The Bird D'pot
Our World Tuesday
Sweet Shot Tuesday
ABC Wednesday
Nature Notes Wednesday
Outdoors Wednesday
Wild Bird Wednesday







 I list all the memes for the week now as I can only spend a short time on the computer.  To continue reading posts you must click older post below or see the index at the top or the side or pick a popular post or label from the sidebar.


38 comments:

ladyfi said...

What wonderfully colourful shots!

Arija said...

Such vibrant, life affirming reds. A visual delight.

Kusum Sanu said...

Beautiful post! I love that mergansers picture so much!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

thanks so much mystical whimsical lady of the north.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

thanks so much Arija. Love your new pig.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Kusum, the Hawaii wave pic is lovely.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful and pretty flowers with lovely birds.

Randi said...

These are stunning photos! Amazing!

Stewart M said...

Nice pictures - I like the waders on the seashore. Thanks for your early (isn) link to WBW.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Roy Norris said...

Lovely colours Nora, a great post.

Laurie Mcknight said...

your photos warm my very soul,

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous flowers, glorious colors and awesome captures!! Doesn't get any better than this, Nora!! Hope your week is off to a great start!!

Anni said...

LOVE the hooded merganser images. Of course all your photos are super, but the mergansers, I'd love to see in real life!! Lucky you.

Roger Owen Green said...

Marvelous menagerie of marine creatures
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

You always have such a lovely selection of photos to share.Thanks for a glimpse into life on the west coast.

MTWaggin said...

The hooded mergansers always make me giggle. Such fun and colorful shots and I love them all as always.

Leslie: said...

You live in a MAGNIFICENT area of the world - not far from ME! Love your photos.

Leslie
abcw team

LONDONLULU said...

Just Magical. I shall never tire of seeing island life, something I miss very much. Gorgeous, Marvelous photoseries!

msdewberry said...

You know, I was born and raised in Victoria and never went to Butchart Gardens. How crazy is that? I love coming here and seeing your photos, they do remind me of home past!
Thank you too for visiting my blog, I have been in Alberta now for just over two months and still have to find a new photography style here that makes the best of this new scenery we are in the middle of! It's taking me a while to find that!

Jama said...

Marvelous collection of photos.

MyMaracas said...

Your photos make me want to pack my bags and visit these beautiful places.

Kate said...

You live in a very beautiful place! Kate, ABC Team

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely selection of photos. The mergansers are very handsome doing their display!

Cindy said...

Gorgeous shots and such beautiful vibrant colors. Love them.

Wally Jones said...

Nora, thank you for once again sharing your beautiful piece of the planet. So many wonderful things to see. Of course, I'm still partial to the birds! Love that Wren - little bird, Big Attitude!

Take care.

Wally in Florida.

Marie said...

Such gorgeous shots! Wow--that lovely color reminds me of the Virginia mountains, or Vermont! Glad you are joining in! It's lovely to have you! I took a short break this week, but will be back next week!

Rambling Woods said...

oh another wonderful nature post nora..thank you..michelle

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Rajesh.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Randi.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Hey Stewart, like your waders better, more of them there.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Roy, nice farm photos and birds on your site.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Laurie is back! Good.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Sylvia, nice new header on there today.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

thanks hootin Anni.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Hey Rog, thanks for the visit.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks so much for these comments...I have tried to visit each of you during the week.

colleen said...

Those zinnias make my heart skip a beat!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

That is truly one glorious sunset! Magnificent.

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