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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Macaulay Point

If you enter yesterday's portal and climb up and around a corner you come out to see this view spread out before you. There are gun emplacements to the left and, just out of sight, to the right. That's a bunker in the center foreground. These guns would have protected Victoria and Esquimalt from any seaborne attack. Macaulay Point is now a park where attempts are being made to protect and regenerate some of the endangered local Garry Oak ecosystem. That body of water is the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which is also the border between Canada and the USA here. The mountains are on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, USA.

12 comments:

USelaine said...

You know, I used to try to imagine living in this type of structure, built into a hill, blending with the earth. They would be energy efficient and well soundproofed. They should fix up those bunkers for tourist stays.

Tricia said...

Your photos are so very beautiful - I love the overall color of them & it sets the mood for your photos. Very nicely done!

Philip said...

WOW! what a view really beautiful and you captured it so well !!

Betsy Rose said...

When I think of Garry oak ecosystems I still expect to see lots of trees, but Benjamin is correct - this is precious habitat and there are many rare species at Macaulay Point. Because it is Dept of National Defense land the restoration work is being done by the Pacific Forestry Centre. The organization I work with is active nearby and at many Garry oak sites on the south Island. If you are interested in joining a work party (they're fun)to help restore habitat, learning more about Garry oaks, or starting a native plant garden in your yard, I invite you to visit our website, wwww.goert.ca.

Betsy Rose
info@goert.ca
Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team

brattcat said...

This is a stunning shot. Such fascinating color and scope.

postie said...

A very nice view. A view from the other side. Which gets me thinking what the view from the other side is like. As the bible says no mind can comprehend. It must be glorious

Babooshka said...

I'd adore walking out every day on to this breathe taking view,

Michaela said...

Looks like a storm's-a-comin!

dee said...

Once again, It has been proven. Yours is always the best picture!

Babzy said...

i could not imagine such a stunning view !

LieSlayer said...

There are many of us who, with our dogs , enjoy Macaulay point every day, rain or shine, it is truly a spiritual experience.
Sad to say we will now be curtailed by these do-gooders who would prevent our enjoyment of the views and the freedoms that is our heritage.
Turning this beautiful place into a no go zone is not the way.
Also the downright lies told by some of the groups concerned, regarding damage done by dogs and their owners, when in fact the damage was done by the municipality, does not bode well for the future.
Why is it that when these people see someone enjoying a site they feel the need to change it to their ideas of a park.
Leave it alone it is beautiful in itself without your meddling.

Anonymous said...

Great photo!

Note to LieSlayer - perhaps you should read the proposed park management plan instead of spreading false info. If the plan is approved, dogs will still be allowed in an off-leash area, but they won't be able to roam freely over the more sensitive areas and endangered plants. The plan also shows evidence of damage by dogs and other park users. It's possible to protect the natural and cultural features of the park if we enjoy the area a little more carefully.