Taken today, June 29, 2008, in North Vancouver, BC.
Today we went for a walk at Maplewood Flats, a wildlife conservation area. It's both an unattractive and a beautiful place, depending on where you are. Some of the viewpoints look out over the chlorine plant next door or the mudflats. But there is a lot of simple beauty there, too, like these birdhouses (is that the proper term, Margerie, or are they nesting boxes?).
We didn't see many birds today, nor did we see any bears, although we saw where they had crashed through a fence to get to the berry bushes. Nor, thank goodness, did we see any cougars which a sign warned us were in the area. But we got within a couple of feet of this lovely creature: