While Tess stayed with us, we took her for a walk in Francis Peninsula park, its a beautiful spot, overlooking Malaspina Strait and Texada Island.
Windblown Jackpine, Arbutus and cedar line the paths, the ground below the trees is covered in a light green lichen, Salal bushes and Oregon Grape are already changing color.
The whole area feels wild and windblown, but it is so beautiful, this is definitely one of my most favorite places to walk.
While strolling along, i always lag behind because i see so many things worthy of a photo, i climbed a small hill and came upon a deer, munching on the lichen. She looked at me and kept on eating.
i was still a distance away from her, but slowly moved forward,talking to her all the time, she turned around , facing me , and seemed to listen, i kept telling her how beautiful she was, how i would love to take some photos of her, close up.
yes, i could have used my zoom lens but this was much more fun!!
i ended up 6 feet away from her, looking right into those brown, soft deer eyes, and i kept talking, she seemed to listen…….
Bert and Tess were no where to be found, so i had to tell them my story and show the photos!!
If you are ever in Pender harbour, drive to Francis Peninsula road, turn left on Merrill rd. the park entrance is at the end of the road.

Tess admiring the view.

Tess admiring the view.

The orange bark of the ever peeling Arbutus.

The orange bark of the ever peeling Arbutus.

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View North from Fran.Pen. park.

View North from Fran.Pen. park.

View South towards the South point of Texada.

View South towards the South point of Texada.

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