While HK and I were in Vancouver this summer, we took the ferry over to Vancouver Island, then drove our car to the far west of the island, to Tofino.  We had a 3-day weekend, since HK’s company had given it’s employees an extra day for the 4th of July holiday. 

view from our patio in Tofino

view from our patio in Tofino

Of course, Canadians don’t celebrate the American Independence Day, but we had just celebrated Canada Day in Vancouver on July 1st, so we were getting 2 holidays in one week. How lucky was that ??  It got better.  As we relaxed on our lounge chairs, watching (more…)

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

For the last several months, HK and I have been visiting our friends, the great blue herons, almost every weekend.  Each year, beginning in March or April, dozens of the beautiful birds come to an island on the Lake Lanier near our house. The males show up first and choose what they hope will be considered prime real estate by the soon-to-arrive females. Once the lady birds have decided on a mate, she begins decorating the tree-top nest.  Soon, they’re expecting, and within a month or so babies arrive.

Our routine is to visit the island that they inhabit around dusk, when they’re most active in their nests. “Klack Klack Klack…” they are so chatty. We love watching (more…)