We walk alot. Mostly on the expansive dike systems surrounding Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
On Sunday day,we walked on a part of the dike that we had never been on before. It was a lesser trodden area. The better known walking areas tend to get fairly busy on a sunny weekend. From this secluded location we were afforded an even more spectacular view of the mountains than any place we have walked before. We ran into the couple in this shot with their SEVEN sheepdogs.I have met her walking them on her own before. They are so well trained. It is amazing to see her in command of this pack. Here we think we have achieved something just by training one dog. She has these guys in sheep dog trials and even bought some acreage and some sheep for practicing. Now thats an expensive hobby. I always thought you got the dogs as a result of having the sheep, not the other way around!
We were treated to the sight of a pair of nesting bald eagles. First we saw the female in her enourmous nest in a distant tree. She started calling out to a male that was circling above. He flew down and landed in the tree above her. She hopped up and joined him on his branch. What happened next had us awestruck. They began mating. Another one of those rare moments and we were privy to it. As soon as he was finished , he flew off
and she went back to her nest. Amazing. If we had been a bit closer, or if my camera had a more powerful zoom, It would have been a shot worthy of National Geographic!!!!
On our way home we passed this farm. These are piles of wood chips. It gets spread in the barn and also in the paddocks to help the animals keep their feet dry during the worst of our rain. The way the evening sun fell across the mound, caused it to appear to be made of gold. It almost had an animated appearance. I just thought it looked a little unreal.