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Backyard Trails - Communing With Nature

Updated on September 8, 2015

When giants walked the lands

Let me be the first to welcome you on another one of my walking holidays.

For as far as the eye can see, from horizon to horizon, we enjoy a wonderful view of majestic mountains, many of which are preparing for their white winter hats. The Fraser Valley, where I call home, is surrounded on all sides by these giants.

Because I grew up along the West Coast of Bristish Columbia, I sometimes take these spectacular sights for granted. It wasn't until I started writing that I began looking at my backyard with an eye to sharing my little corner of the world with others. Then, of course, it became a matter of pride to show you my home and "garden" in all their glory.

One of these days I will remember to take my camera with me in the spring when all the flowers and trees are in bloom so that I can share how truly glorious it is to live in the Vancouver area.

I have managed to compile a collection of spring pictures from around the lower mainland and I am hoping to be able to sit down and showcase them for HubPages readers one day soon.

I enjoy taking pictures almost as much as writing, and I would like to find a venue that is suited to photographs as much as HubPages is suited to writing. Maybe I'll invest in one of those electronic picture frames. It seems like such a waste to take the picture and have it sit on my hard drive instead of being enjoyed.

Who needs bottled water here...

If I had been smarter, I would have taken a video of this little stream. The sound it made was truly refreshing. But of course I didn't think of that until I sat down to write. One of these days I will remember to do all of the things that I only seem to remember while firmly ensconsed at my desk.

I will say that the water really is as cold and clean as it looks in this picture. Nothing refreshes better than fresh, clear mountain water. I know, I know, I'm supposed to boil it first, but I am ashamed to say, I took my chances!

Next time I will come prepared!

And if you look closely...

Nothing would have pleased me more than to be able to share a picture of a flock of ducks taking off from this little cove...however, the ducks flew faster than my feet and my camera, so I was left to show you the reflection of the tree lined beach in the crystal water they just left!

I still think it is a beautiful shot...just not the one that I really wanted. I have to say I am improving as a photographer, and have managed to snag a few really cool shots, but none of them are of ducks, or geese. I think I will have to invest in a camera with a zoom lens for me to be able to accomplish that. (Personally, I don't think the zoom lens has anything to do with it. I think it is the person snapping the pictures! But you didn't hear that from me.)

A long time ago when the earth was green

As you can see, the rain forest goes on for miles into the mountains. The green jacket is worn year round, with colourful splashes in the fall and bright green accents in the spring and summer. Now that temperatures have cooled, the skys are wearing their fall colours of misty blues on their aprons, keeping their summer suit of brilliant hues protected from the storms that go hand in hand with winter.

Now that our drought is over, the grassland and mountains can get back to that lush green foliage that is a trademark of the west coast. As much as I enjoy the warmth and sunshine, I also love the smell of the air after it rains. Everything is clean, refreshed and cool.

Beneath the canopy

The forest floor seems a long way from the misty clouds - but the precipitation they leave behind is evident. Mountain streams that were barely a trickle in the summer have swollen to swiftly rushing rapids. Everywhere you look, nature is showing her fall attire.

Many of the plants that you see abundantly growing on the forest floor will remain long into winter. A few will shed their leaves and slumber until spring, but much of the foliage will stay green all year long.

Sunshine on my shoulders...

When the sunlight peeks through the tall stands of trees, it's like a spotlight has been turned on the moss covered stage of the forest undergrowth. You can clearly see the vibrant greens and earthy browns - a place where time stands still, and you feel the ghostly footseps of the ones who went before.

During the summer, you can almost forget the heat of the day when you hide among the trails. The trees are so tall that in many areas they completely block out the sun's rays, only allowing the light to filter through to the forest floor.

On gossamer wings

Nowhere have I ever had the opportunity to photograph such a beautiful specimen of nature. Actually, I almost missed seeing this fellow - but I was quicker than I was with the ducks! I didn't dare get too close in case I spooked him.

Believe it or not, there are 87 different varieties of dragonflies (and damselflies) in B.C. I have no idea which one this is, but he or she is beautiful none-the-less.


Hiding in plain sight

I did manage to capture this little fellow on camera before we left. He was sitting so still and quiet I almost missed him. Fortunately, he didn't hop into the water as soon as I brought my camera (phone actually,) out to snap his picture. He stayed long enough for his close up, then dove into the water after only one photo opportunity...maybe if I changed my deodorant...


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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      It was my pleasure Dolores, I enjoyed taking them, and being rather pleased with my efforts, I had to share them! Thank you for the compliment :D It's nice to see you.

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Such beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Hi Daniel - It would be fun to believe I had been to Norway, but alas, I must be content with my backyard :) Actually, I took the picture at Alouette Lake, in Golden Ears Park, just outside of Maple Ridge, B.C. You will have to share some Norway pics with us!

      Thank you so much for the link :D I really appreciate it!

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      Daniel Christian 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      That top picture I believe may be in Norway which is one of my favorite places in the world.

      By the way, I gave you credit and a link from your advice on this hub:

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Why thank you Josh, what a nice thing to say! I'm so glad you enjoyed my photos.

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      Josh Ketola 8 years ago from Ohio

      Those are stunning views. Your keen eye for ancient wisdom makes it all the more inspiring. Thanks!

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Hi Peggy - I agree. The Vancouver, Lower Mainland area is quite remarkable! So glad you are enjoying my little walks!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is reminding me of our trip to Vancouver and Vancouver Island plus all the things we did and saw while there. Such a lovely piece of planet earth!!! Loving your backyard series!

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Thanks Mrs. Obvious - happy you enjoyed it - glad you stopped by.

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      Mrs. Obvious 8 years ago from Northern California

      Good job. loved it, again.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      RedElf - Just click your heels together three times and say, there's no place like the coast...there's no place like the coast...

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Oh, I miss the coast, I miss the coast, I miss the coast!

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Hi dohn, I'm really enjoying writing about our hikes through the parks - the scenery does remind me of other places - we are lucky to have such a temporal climate that supports such a diverse eco-system.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You are certainly on a roll here, Enelle! This one reminded me more of New Hampshire when I was camp counselor! Every morning, we'd take hikes to look for berries, good wood to carve, and trees to cut (a bit dangerous, might I add). Thanks again, Enelle.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Thanks FP - I have a few more to post - all depends on how far afield I travel LOL. So glad you enjoyed!

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Another wonderful peek at your backyard, Enelle. I say it are one fortunate lady! :)