Contrasts…..

Water Soaked Roses along the Sea Wall.

Water Soaked Roses along the Sea Wall.

Entering Holland Creek Park - from the top of the Ravine.

Entering Holland Creek Park – from the top of the Ravine.

Softened and pulled down by the falling rain.

Softened and pulled down by the falling rain.

Today is a complete contrast to yesterday!  Today it has been raining – is still raining – and will continue to rain!

Yesterday was a gorgeous summer day – sunny and warm!

Today’s walk was familiar; chilly, wet, and abbreviated; but familiar.

Yesterday’s walk was new to us; long, more like two walks, full of colour and beauty.

.....Everything was greyed out by the falling rain.

…..Everything was greyed out by the falling rain.

Today we walked along the Sea Wall that connects the Yacht Club to Maffeo Sutton Park.  It was grey – the only shots of colour, the wildflowers along the way – even the water and birds looked grey and wet.

Civilized walking - wide and flat - fenced along the drop off.

Civilized walking – wide and flat – fenced along the drop off.

Glimpses of falling water through the trees.

Glimpses of falling water through the trees.

Yesterday’s walk was in Ladysmith, at the Holland Creek Park.  It was more like two walks!

We started at the top, just at the falls.

The first half was quiet, civilized, hemmed in by Civilization on one side and fenced on the other.  There were stairs where the climb up or down was steep and the birds spoke and sang in the trees as we walked by.  We could hear the falls and later the creek and would catch glimpses of both through the trees.  The first half of the walk was down the Ravine, almost to the highway!

Classic West Coast Creek - Holland Creek.

Classic West Coast Creek – Holland Creek.

River Rock and Wildflowers.

River Rock and Wildflowers.

Lazy, overgrown side stream for Salmon Enhancement.

Lazy, overgrown side stream for Salmon Enhancement.

When we reached the bottom we were greeted by a classic West Coast Creek, moving water, winding through river rock, moss and lush greenery.  There were ferns, horsetails an flowers everywhere.  Big Leaf Maples vied for sky with Cedar, and Fir.

The second half was described as difficult on the map.  It was a red line that snaked around the edge of the creek and up the Ravine.  It was also longer, three klicks instead of the two klicks of the first half.  It wasn’t a walk – it was a hike.  Rising trails and falling paths that kept going up and up the side of the ravine.  Each time we thought that we had reached the top, we would descend to start the climb up again.

Tangled mossy branches overhead......

Tangled mossy branches overhead……

Narrow winding trails moving up the side of the ravine.

Narrow winding trails mark the second half of the walk. Winging their way up and across the top of the Ravine. Lush ferns were a grace note through the walk.

Weathered rope handrails kept us from falling up or down!

Weathered rope handrails kept us from falling up or down!

This path was gnarled roots, loose stones and rotting logs.  There were rope handrails in parts to help pull one up the path and later to keep one from tumbling down the path!  It was a wild beauty here.  Towering trees, festooned in moss and rotting stumps marked with the logging markers of an earlier time set the tone for an inspiring walk through the trees, again with the sound of the creek nearby, and only glimpses of the water we knew we walked beside.

Lush ferns were a real grace note on this side of the creek.  The tops of the new growth were right at eye level as we climbed up and up.

Lush ferns at eyelevel as we climbed up and up.

Lush ferns at eye level as we climbed up and up.

Graceful Maidenhair ferns clung to the side of the Creek – where we could see, fighting for space with wildflowers.

Gracefull Maidenhair ferns and wildflowers clinging to the ravine wall right above the falls.

Graceful Maidenhair ferns and wildflowers clinging to the ravine wall right above the falls.

I really enjoyed this side of the creek – it felt wilder and older.  It couldn’t have been more beautiful.  By the end of the walk we knew that we had been on a walk – even Sophie was tired.  There were other walks and hikes that connected with this park – but they would have to wait for another day!

I hope that you enjoy your walk through the Ravine.

Happy Viewing

Lynette

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About letissierdesigns

March 2017 - My new site is now up and functioning. I can blog, share my thoughts and photographs, and sell my patterns! So much happening in my life and all is creative and forward moving! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Sept 2015 - I haven't updated this in a while! Still knitting, always knitting, I still teach and work at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I also have designed for Vogue Knitting, Koigu Magazine, Zealana, Jimmie Beans, and Malabrigo, As of the beginning of 2015 I also became creative director of the Buffalo Wool Co., a new job that just flows along with what I already do. I am a knitting teacher and knitwear designer. I work full time in my LYS, Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I recently was 1st runner up in a Vogue Knitting Design Competition called the Magic of Mohair. My design was featured in the Early Fall 2011 Vogue Knitting. I will have another design in the Vogue Knitting Winter 2011 edition. I have recently purchased a Canon Rebel Camera and have started taking way too many pictures. I love this site for sharing my thoughts and pictures. Life is good!
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2 Responses to Contrasts…..

  1. Tenar says:

    Dear Lynette, your lush photographs are the real reason why I follow your blog. And I’m also a passionate hiker.

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