It is finally July and truly summer.... Lots of visitors, lovely gardens, and beach time. Cruise ships pass us by on their way to Alaska.
Living on the Island in July
Low tide at the bay at Neck Point Park
A very big eagle, a very tiny hummingbird - an oyster shell with barnacles and a tiny starfish, a starfish in shallow water with sun designs - and a squirrel on my deck.
In North Nanaimo, go down a cliff two hundred steps and there is a lovely sand beach at low tide with sea creatures. The grandkids love it, especially when the tide comes in over the warm sand.
Often in the summers we have smoke from forest fires that cloud the air. The smoke makes the layers of mountains distinct.
Ships come to Nanoose Bay to practice with torpedos. Here is the tender and a visiting submarine. This is the same view as above.
North of Nanaimo - "Up Island"
These three pictures are of the waterfront in Campbell River. The first picture has a sculpture, and there are lots more along the shore.
Victoria and Sidney
The Empress Hotel in Victoria's Inner Harbour. The vines now have been removed, and the front looks quite different.
Below the street in front of the BC Parliament Buildings, is a walk around the harbour. People come to sell art work, and some buskers entertain the tourists.
An entertainer on the sea wall walk
Butchart Gardens are lovely in the summer.
Up the Saanich Peninsula to Sidney, and the waterfront.
The view from Sidney, and Mt. Baker in the background.