September 26, 2010

Just a Little Park with a Wooden Bridge

It was the dead of winter when I walked around John Daly Park on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. A tad too late to see the Coho and Chum salmon return to spawn in Anderson Creek... or to see any of the wildlife that this event attracts - raccoons, bald eagles and the occasional black bear.

Sunshine Coast, 2010

Yet it was a very pretty place to cross a bridge, watch the water flow in the creek, and walk a ways down the rugged trail through moss-covered trees.



The park is named after an eccentric fisherman who married the author Edith Iglauer. Her acclaimed memoir Fishing with John (turned into the movie Navigating the Heart starring Jaclyn Smith playing Edith) tells the story of their early years spent fishing the often harsh waters off the coast of Vancouver and living on his 41-foot salmon trawler.

Many more interesting bridges from around the world can be found at Louis' Sunday Bridges.

28 comments:

Joanne said...

How appropriate! Autumn feel all the way....

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, how I do love photos of my beautiful British Columbia. The Sunshine Coast is one of the prettiest areas, too, and obviously in all seasons.
Thanks for sharing, Francisca!!

Kay, now in Alberta

Roberto M. Alves said...

What beautiful pictures. All fantastic and amazing tones.

Greetings

Jacob said...

Well, I must say that this is one of your more fascinating posts. Love the bridge and the surrounding area...reminds me a bit of where we were recently (Colorado)...

When I read John Daly, though, I got confused...I didn't think John Daly came from that area...I mean he's a great golfer and all, but I never heard of his being a fisherman. ;-)

Didn't see the movie. That's my problem right there. And I've always liked Jaclyn Smith! You see how culturally deprived I am underneath this veneer of sophistication? Sad. So sad!

Lesley said...

I, too, thought immediately of the golfer!!
The moss certainly adds some much needed colour and life to the 'dead of winter' walk.

VioletSky said...

The colours in these pics look very interesting. I like the green with a strong hint of ruddiness.

EG Wow said...

My kind of place! Sorry you missed the salmon but not at all sorry you missed the bears. :)

tapirgal said...

We were both thinking of mossy trees today. This is a nice post all around.

joco said...

Hiya Francisca,

I love seeing paint flaking off wood.
The whole scene is very painterly.
Just glad I don't have to live up there on a 45 foot boat :-)

T. Becque said...

It's a charming bridge and what fantastic natural colors you captured!

Evelyn said...

Looks like a very pretty area. So much colour in winter.

joo said...

It is beautiful place indeed and I love wooden bridges. Not common view now!
Happy Sunday to you:)

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour dear Francisca!
I like the beautiful scenery and Autumn melody in your post today.That bridge is simple and so adorable!
Thanks for your always kind comments, you are so gentle! :)
Hugs
Léia

Elisa said...

It´s lovely Francisca!
Greetings from Argentina
Elisa

Jacob said...

G'morning, Francisca. Re your question on Ocala DP: Yes, maam!

Have a great 1st day of the week!

Jacob said...

You're so right about a "global thing." People from the U.S. go to India for medical procedures, Nepal for religious "wisdom," Canada to escape military service, Mexico to buy vacation homes, and Paris to celebrate 50th anniversaries. :-)

Ann said...

Nice warm autumn colour. All the gold and red.

You are right about my daughter's bungy jumping. My uncle drove us there, so he also went to watch. He said," You crazy mum and equally crazy daughter."

Cildemer said...

Love your little wooden bridge!
And it seems to me that I can hear the muttering of the watter in the quietness of the place:o)

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Have a nice Sunday*******

Kate said...

There's not much we can do to compare with nature's treasures. Lovely scenes, and the bridge is terrific, too.

Jacob said...

One more time: I forgot to thank you for becoming a "follower" on Colorado in Color. So, "thanks" very much. Hope you enjoy it!

Small City Scenes said...

Nothing nicer than a wooden foot bridge in the the woods in the great PNW. MB

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Love this little wooden bridge and the colours are superb. Great composition. A great trio. Have a happy Sunday.☺

Tracy said...

Such a beautiful little bridge nestled among some gorgeous scenery - and a little history thrown in as an added bonus. Perfect Sunday Bridge!

Luna Miranda said...

what a beautiful weathered wooden bridge. and the colors around this place are enchanting.

Genie said...

I really enjoyed your little wooden bridge. We have some like it here around where we live in Virginia.The way you were able to capture the light and the greens on the trees beside it is so appealing to the eye. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my swinging bridge. I hope you will come back again.

Genie

Louis la Vache said...

This is part of the fun of Sunday Bridges - the contrasts of the bridges posted. Here's your delightful little foot bridge in contrast to the very tall and utilitarian bridge that «Louis» posted. (A bridge tall enough for ships to pass under.)

VP said...

It may be little but it is lovely. Your picture of the old bridge is great!

JM said...

The moss and colours are wonderful!