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Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
I am happiest when I am out with my camera. Always looking for the bright side. Usually I find it! Please contact me via comment if you wish to use any of my photography. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A little Snow on Top!

Taken a few weeks ago, the Golden Ears with the first dusting.
 Slightly more snow on there now!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's eagle time. The salmon have spawned and they are easy pickings for hungry eagles. Every year we get dozens and dozens of eagles stop to enjoy the feast.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

On the Lake

On Alouette Lake in a canoe. The water was very choppy. This lake is man made. It is a dammed up valley, which was flooded many moons ago after the valley was forested. Thankfully, in 1927, this area was made a Provincial Park and no further logging has been permitted since then.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Downtown Vancouver

We ventured from our suburban oasis into the big city last night. The lights of Vancouver reflected in Coal Harbour, all by the light of a silvery moon.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer bounty!

The makings of a tasty treat. Apple, rhubarb and strawberry crisp. Local berries are delicious this year..sooo sweet. We only have a few in our garden, so had to buy these. But the rhubarb is home grown. Our blue berries are not terribly abundant this year, and are still green. Our non existant summer has played havoc on local produce.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hanging Around Downtown

The hanging baskets in the center of town are lush and fresh. The lack of hot weather agrees with small container plantings, which can tend to dry out quickly in the heat.

Taken on 224th street looking east, into Memorial Peace Park.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

FOUND black cat

This fellow has made a home for himself in my back garden and deck. I livein the area of Greenwell and 122 ave. in Maple Ridge.

All black male short hair cat.

He arrived last week while we were away. We keep a dish of food out for one of our cats and he has been helping himself. He is very thin. Washes regularly and is very clean. Appears healthy but is quite thin.

He has a tatoo in his ear which was traced to a vet ib North Van. However they say this cliente has not been in their office for quite some time and their phone number is not in service.

He is so cute and friendly. Some body must be missing him.

If you recognize this cat please conact me at ksstcyr at

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Bikes on Dikes Rides Again

If you are a regular here, this may be a familiar photo.

I published it previously on this blog in 2007. See the original post by CLICKING HERE.

I have also got this picture along with others being used with my permission on a local realtors website CLICK HERE TO VIEW IT .

Today I went to look at the Maple Ridge Municipal Web Page...and what should I see? This photo has been published again on the header of the city website. CLICK HERE TO SEE IT. Click on the word HOME at the top of the municipal website. You may have to wait a few seconds for my photo to scroll in.

I am thrilled to have had it selected. I Knew when I first took this shot that it was the epitome of what Maple Ridge is all about. I am thrilled that it has been used in this capacity!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Afternoon Delight

Afternoon in the garden.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Favorite Chair

I love all the paterns in this photo. The shingles and the paving stones keep the eye entertained in this shot.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Blue Heron

This fella didnt mind the rain. We watched as he caught a fish.

Thankfully the weather turned beautiful and sunny yesterday. It would seem that summer has finally arrived.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wet, Wet, Wet

This has been one of the worst springs I can ever remember, weather-wise.

The rivers are swollen and the snow pack has'nt even begun to melt yet!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It's Our Time!

June 1st, 2011.

Let the Stanley Cup Finals Begin!!!!

Go Canucks Go!!!!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Kanaka Bridge


foot bridge over Kanaka Creek.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Canadian Pastime!

This is the latest fashion trend around town. Crazy hockey fans can be seen all over this region.

This is my hubby after the Vancouver Canucks won the Western Conference finals and now head into the Stanley Cup Finals. We will be Playing the Boston Bruins. The Best is the West versus the Best in the East.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Shipping Out.

Canoeing is a traditionally Canadian pastime.

Local boys strap the old canoes on and get set for a long weekend of paddling. This past week end, was Victoria Day in British Columbia.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sewer improvements

This is my house last summer. I took this to show off the new path that we had laboured over to install with our own hands! Later we installed the 4x4 ties around the garden beds to finish it off. It was sooo pretty with the nice new grass sod.
Today, this is what it looks like.

The reason for all this is that our neighbourhood, including the closest 4 streets was flooded. We have been battling near misses for years. When we get the Monsoons that we are prone to, all the neighbours are out with pumps and gumboots working hard not to allow the water into their homes.

One of our neighbours sons is an engineer and he found out that we only had 7 inch storm drains which were far too little capacity for the rain we get here. When we get a good downpour, the drains back up, then the road becomes a river and then the homes on the north side of the road have runoff coming down their driveways. The water going down the downspouts has nowhere to go so it backs up around the foundations.
Click here to see THIS POST last year to see what we did to improve our drainage. It worked too, we havent had a problem on our property since we did THIS.

The last bit of the path got unpaved and the corners of the ties had to be pulled up. We had to lift these out because we were worried that the workers would just bulldoze over it.

When they dug up the road, they blocked the drain near us. That night, we had a huge rainfall and all that water ran into my next door neighbours house, flooding her basement yet again!!! She called the citys emergency line but nobody came to help her because there was a hockey game on! Keith and I had gone to that game. By the time we got home from Vancouver 90 minutes later, the rain had stopped and the crew still had not shown up to assist her. Dont you love how they chuck their pipes into my flower bed? Well, if it fixes the problem for the neighbourhood, I suppose it is worth it!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Blue Heron Loop

Winter blueberry fields.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Little Donkey

Little donkey grazing on a local farm.
This was taken January 8th.