Well it turns out there was actually a severe rain storm warning for Monday Jan 11th, 2010, the day we drove home from Nanaimo after dark. Average forcasted rainfall every day for the next week is 10mm, which equals a gentle yet constant rain for 8 – 12 hours. On Monday they called for 80 – 120mm! No wonder it felt nasty – it WAS nasty! More than a week’s worth of water falling in one day.
We had a brief respite from the rainfall yesterday so we hopped into Emily and took the dogs up to the lighthouse. The waves were as big as I’d ever seen them, curling into turquoise fists and pounding the rocks with an impact that was felt as much as heard.
Further along the trail we stopped to watch some loons brave the surf to go fishing in the tidepools. And then something in a distant treetop caught my eye:
Can you see him yet?
There he is, gazing over the ocean, looking magnificient.
Let me take a moment to be impressed with my camera. I bought this Olympus Fe digital camera with a 3x optical zoom for about $175 before I left Toronto. It was the one thing that I didn’t really *need* that I spent money on anyway, and it’s my favourite toy now. This bird was really far away, but with the zoom and the software than comes with the camera, I managed to get the third picture.
On the way back we heard the distinct sound of frogs. Frogs! In January! They’re staking out their breeding territories beside the freshwater streams. Spring is ramping up for sure.
Kat borrowed a Canadian National Film Board documentary from the library and played it last night. It was about the growing re-emergence of Paganism, Wicca and other pre-Christian, earth-oriented forms of spirituality in Canada. The film mentioned the Greek Goddess Persephone, embodiment of the earth’s fertility, Goddess of Spring. I thought that if Persephone ever wanted a break from the Underworld, she’d enjoy living in Ucluelet, the place of perpetual Spring.