I just finished hiking the Juan de Fuca Trail with a friend (4-days, 47 km). My favorite section was between Chin and Sombrio Beach … it was the right combination of ocean and forest views, the up and downs were not too intense and there were some easy grade sections to give my knees a break! It was an amazing mid-week summer adventure in my backyard.
I am teaching a brand new course in the department this fall (2016) – Geog 391: MOUNTAIN METEOROLOGY! Students will be introduced to meteorological phenomena associated with mountain environments, develop an understanding of the role mountains have on weather and climate in a region (from the poles to the tropics!) and gain experience with meteorological instrumentation and field data collection. If you are interested look for details on the department website: http://www.uvic.ca/socialsciences/geography/ or contact me. Pre-requisite: Geog 272.
This was our classroom … enough said. Water, waves, trees, wolves, bears, whales and amazing students. It was a terrific and tiring two weeks.
Last week a group from GEOG 370: Hydrology and GEOG 371: Water resource management went out to visit the Sooke Lake Reservoir – the main source for drinking water in the greater Victoria area. We had a great afternoon in the field learning about watershed protection and management.
The end of term (and grading!) means that I finally have a little time for some holiday cheer. This year I will start with a Christmas puzzle, a favorite tradition of mine. The table is clear, the pieces are out and Winston is in position. Happy holidays everyone!
I have been enjoying the frosty mornings we have had this past week. It is not the same as snow, but I will take the white glow that it offers to the neighbourhood. This little House Finch is getting into the festive season … showing his red colours and basking in the sun to stay warm.
One of my favorite things about being in Victoria is year-round hummingbirds. I have a little gang that spend time in my yard, which I love. Over the summer I think I took 1-billion photos trying to capture these little birds in flight … about 1 in 100 are in focus :). It is a fun way to spend time.