We meet in the parking area at the Royal Canadian Legion in Van Anda.
Last week we drove south and parked at the spot where the Cook Bay Rd starts its long descent to the sea. The hike destination was the top of nearby Mount Davies, but along the way we branched off on the side trail to Bloody Mt. viewpoint. Returning then to the main south trail it was interesting to see as we headed higher that the water in the beaver ponds the trail skirts was drying up. I've never before seen the big green leaves of the yellow flowered water lily quite so brown and withered as they are this year. The view from the summit was as great as usual and the very slight cooling breeze made eating lunch in the sun very pleasant.
My photo this time was taken on a recent hike to a bluff high above Cook Bay and it was the curious shape of the moss hugging the tops of some rocky outcrops that caught my eye. The bright green low growing Juniper is a mature shrub with quite a good number of the distinctive grey berries typical of this genus of shrubs and trees.
It was something that really caught the eye — grey-green moss so oddly shaped growing on rocks in a 'sea' of bright green Juniper.