Monday, June 01, 2015

Call it a practice run

It had been a while since we visited Surrey Lake, and I remembered large flocks of waterfowl, an eagles' nest, with chicks, a forest walk with wildlife trees, wildflowers. I changed the lens on the camera, cleaned out some beach sand (how it gets inside is a mystery!) and made sure the battery was full, then joined the walkers around the lake.

The loop trail is about 1.5 kilometres long, and I took my time, taking photos as I went. I couldn't see the lake from the trail this time; rushes and cat-tails have grown up all along the shore, 6 feet and more tall. A couple of unofficial side trails snaked through the barrier; disappointing, because all the birds were on the far side, where there are no weekend dog walkers. I took photos of some yellow irises growing among the rushes.

And an eagle was home, standing guard above the nest. No chicks were visible, but I got photos of the eagle, and then of a crow dive-bombing him.

And so it went, through meadow, wetlands, forest, and back to the parking lot. Where I discovered that I'd left the camera on the aquarium setting, ready for low light and algae-tinted water. All the photos were too washed out to be rescued.

At the edge of the parking lot, in the shade, the light was at aquarium levels; at least I have something besides a sunburn to show for my afternoon.

Pacific ninebark, Physocarpus capitatus, in bud. The flowers are white; a few petals are showing.

Dame's rocket, Hesperis matronalis, on the bank of the creek.

And I'll try again, soon. But not on a weekend. And with the camera on the proper setting. I hope.


  1. I've done something similar; so frustrating! I love the ninebark picture; I've never seen it at that stage.

  2. Sara, I don't remember seeing it at that stage, either. At least, from close enough to see what it was. I had to look it up, at home, to make sure I had the right name.


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