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Thursday, June 21, 2018

The greenest green I've ever seen



Crescent Beach was "my beach" when I was a child visiting my grandparents.
I loved to see the ocean, and the mountains above the city of Vancouver in the distance

Sometimes British Columbia, Canada, where I was born, surprises me.

I was born on "The Wet West Coast" but grew up in the near-desert dry of BC's Okanagan Valley. When I finished high school, however, my father moved us all, lock, stock, cat, and dog to their favourite place: White Rock, B.C.


Crescent Beach near White Rock, BC, here facing
the town of Blaine, Washington

Eventually I became used to the dampness
of coastal living
but I suspected it wasn't really
for me even though I loved the ocean, the ins and the outs of it, and I loved to see the greenery.


Everything is green on the B.C. coast and I, in particular, if not both of us, loved the lush look of it.

When my husband and I travelled from our home on the Canadian prairie and over the Rocky Mountains to the coast for a visit with my family, I loved it all anew. For a while I even ignored the pain in my old aching body!

I cannot say we saw no rain, because there were a couple of hours on two different days when we got wet but we saw much to love in the greenery, especially on sunny days when it contrasted so well with a blue sky.
(Our return trip through the Rockies is a whole 'nother story, to be kept for another day.)



We stayed in Langley  (above and below) for easy access to Vancouver
although we never really got as far as the city







The tall evergreens were blowing in the wind this day as Dick walked
our Bonnie-Belinda in the dog-designated area outside our hotel




Best of all, the sun was shining through a pastel blue sky!
Photos by Kay Davies and Richard Schear

Posting today for Fiona's marvellous meme

Skywatch Friday


27 comments:

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It looks beautifully green there, Kay!

I live on the front range of Colorado and it is often very dry with drought. When we do get rain it is often torrential with hail. Very confused weather...hah!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Beautiful blue skies and green fields

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Sunshine and lots of green---what more could you ask for?

carol l mckenna said...

Absolutely beautiful sky shots! colors are dynamic!

Happy Weekend coming to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I can just smell the surf. Mmmm, delightful.

thomas said...

Nice beach view

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Beautiful greenery and lovely blue skies! I would like to spend some time up in your neck of the woods. It's a beautiful area!

Andrea said...

Hi Kay, i smiled at the greenest green, you should see our green here in the tropics, in person!

Joyful said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your trip "home" Kay but I'm sorry you had some pain. It is difficult climate for joint pain sufferers.

Jim said...

Terrific.

Jackie@travelnwrite said...

Oh such a pretty reminder of the Pacific Northwest Beauty on both sides of the border!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Crescent Beach looks stunningly beautiful!

NatureFootstep said...

lovely! I love the ocean but live inland so I rarely see it :( Love the beach!

betty-NZ said...

Lovely, lush and green! I can relate, being on the west coast of NZ with a mountain to keep the area watered.

Small City Scenes said...

I love the 'wet' side too. I love the mountains and the trees---while the beach is nice give me a mountain any day. My sis lives in Kelowna BC---coming from my side then living in Alberta for many years and back here again. My daughter lives in Eastern Wa. and LOVES it. So there ya go. Everywhere has it's own beauty
MB

Al said...

That is so pretty. And I bet my dogs combined weigh less than your one dog!

bill burke said...

A very pretty area, love the beach views and all the green.

Angie said...

It's funny/coincidental I am reading this today … earlier I was looking out the window and wondering how many different shades of green there can be, and why it is my eye can see them and my camera cannot? Enjoy your week ahead!

Jenn Jilks said...

I've been to Langley! Not recently, though!

Nancy Chan said...

I love the beach but I love the green more!

magiceye said...

Lovely soothing images!

Sharon Wagner said...

Things are looking that way around here now, too. I feel your joy. I love this time of year!

Penelope Postcards said...

Oh, wow, the bluest skies might be in Seattle (as the song goes) but the greenest green is most certainly in your old neck of the woods in BC. It was wonderful seeing you all, Kay, and being introduced to the lovely bouncy Bonnie-Belinda!

Jenn Jilks said...

Funny we were there about the same time! We adore our newest grandie!

Powell River Books said...

Yes, we are the wet coast except in July and August when we pray for rain to end the fire bans and allow us to water our gardens. - Margy

Klara S said...

Beautiful shots.

dee said...

The Pacific Northwest sure gets a little too much of rain. But it also keeps the area so green and gorgeous.
Lovely seeing bits and parts of Canada here. :)