We want variety, color, drama, and beauty on the walks we take each day. Is that too much to ask? We think not.
Scenic walking routes criss-cross Victoria, located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Many days we walked along the coast or on a path by the harbor, but when the days were too warm, we headed for one of the best places to stroll, the shade of Beacon Hill Park.
We kept an eye on the progress of the moss sculpture park which will be completed in 2016.
We always enjoyed seeing what was blooming as we walked by the flower beds. Wish we’d thought to take a photo from the same place every week during our visit to record the cycles of the blooming flowers.
Not far away a glaucous-winged gull strolled purposefully across the lawn, not in any hurry, looking side-to-side.
A variety of colors weren’t restricted to just the flowers.
We found the gunnera’s leaves unusual, not only for size. They feel like very stiff sandpaper.
We loved to watch the birds of the park, and the drama of the nesting herons kept us on edge after witnessing a young heron that appeared to have fallen from its nest. We calmed down when we saw all the little chestnut-backed chickadees flitting from branch to branch.
We sat on benches and watched men playing bocce on the lawn; dogs sitting on the grass under umbrellas as their owner read a book on a bench; children playing in water dropping from a giant sprinkling can. A walk in Beacon Hill Park is best taken slowly enough to observe, listen, smell, and touch. Each visit allowed us to experience the amazing variety that is Beacon Hill Park.