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Friday, November 12, 2010

where i live - british columbia, canada

mission: MUSE - "where i live"
by guest muse alex

I live at Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada. We're surrounded by rivers, lakes, mountains, and west coast rain forests.

When I look through my window in the morning, I see a beautiful landscape of water, trees, clouds, and hills which changes constantly throughout the day, and from one day to the next.

We can go boating , swimming, fishing, or hiking in the area, and the water from the lake is so clean we pump it into the house for our water supply.

We live only 25 minutes from the nearest city, so we have the best of both worlds - wilderness and city comforts.

We generally have a warm sunny summer, around 75F, and a crisp colorful fall. However, once the rain starts in November, we have grey skies more often than blue. Since we don't get much snow - usually not more than two weeks of it - we don't mind the rainy season that much. Our biggest fears come with the windstorms, which can cause many of our giant trees to fall, often over power lines.

We lose electricity several times throughout the winter, but the repair crews are excellent - usually getting everything back into shape within a day.

Wildlife is abundant. Just last week  a mother bear and her two cubs frolicked in our yard, looking for  something edible. There have been two other bears making the circuit as well. They come by every few days, taking a wide loop in the area. On the dock I've seen river otters playing, and wild eagles eviscerating their catch . Deer are plentiful, and there has even been a cougar sighting nearby.

We love travelling, and visit other places whenever we have the opportunity, but it's always heaven to come back home.

Thank you for visiting where I live.

Alex (axiepics on flickr)

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  1. Oh. So. Beautiful. Vancouver Island is one of my favourite places on earth. How lucky you are to live in such an exquisite place - that view out your window is unbelievable. Thanks for sharing.

  2. this looks so beautiful, I envy you having all of that on your doorstep and that view from you window - wow!

  3. That is one of the most amazing views I have ever seen. Lucky you!
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. beautiful. I would love to visit there someday. Wonderful photos.

  5. lucky to live there. i fell in love with the island on a visit a few years ago,and left a piece of my heart there. youhave captured your home so well.

  6. What a gorgeous place to live and your photos have captured it beautifully.

  7. just stunning ...

    i could gaze at that view all day!

  8. Our visit to British Columbia last May was a wonderful one and these gorgeous pictures confirm the beauty we saw there! Wonderful images!!

  9. BC is one of the most amazing places on earth!

  10. Oh, my goodness I love the picture with the boat! And the last photograph is amazing.

  11. wow, so beautiful! i have never been there, but it sure looks amazing.

  12. oh my gosh! it's so beautiful! i am so excited to be in vancouver this christmas to visit my in-laws:) even if it's so chilly and it's not summery lol i'm sure it will be beautiful!

  13. What a beautiful place to live! Vancouver Island must be one of the most beautiful places on earth!