Some Wayside Notes in Town

Join Connell for a wander through woodlands and meadows on the edge of a newly suburbanized section of Fairfield. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, Dec. 10th, 1939- The sky is overcast with soft grey clouds broken by warm yellow, and in the air there is a softness and mildness as of veritable spring; but theContinue reading “Some Wayside Notes in Town”

November in the Highland Hills

Connell and a friend head for the hills on a rainy November day 81 years ago. You’ll never look at rain the same way again! From the Victoria Daily Colonist, November 17th, 1940- An afternoon in the hills! Who would not take it when weather permits? Tom Goodlake’s hospitable car is at the door andContinue reading “November in the Highland Hills”

On Colwood Plain

Connell heads out to the West Shore to explore the landscape of late Fall. Focusing on fungus, he also takes in some of the recent human history of the region along the way and considers the curious landforms known as “kettles”. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, November 28, 1937- It is the eve of ourContinue reading “On Colwood Plain”

Wisdom Among Wild Fruits

Here Connell takes a comprehensive look at the wild fruits – and especially the wild berries – of the Southern Vancouver Island. “Berrying in the hills is a psychological phenomenon, an expression of country love and the desire to get back to old Mother Earth and her direct products.” From the Victoria Daily Colonist, NovemberContinue reading “Wisdom Among Wild Fruits”

These Enchanted Woods

The tragedy of a clear-cut and burned out forest is contrasted with the healthy ecology of a unique bog forest and Garry oak woodland on the outskirts of town. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, October 16th, 1938- The charm of the forest has been sung by the poets and felt by most of us. FromContinue reading “These Enchanted Woods”

The Valley of Bowker Creek

Connell takes a deep dive into geological time through an examination of the landscape and stratigraphy of the Bowker Creek/Thaywun Valley. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, October 23rd, 1938- In and around Victoria there are areas of low ground usually sloping gently towards the sea and never at any great height above it. Before modernContinue reading “The Valley of Bowker Creek”

Old Road and Veteran Oak

Connell ventures to the southern slopes of Pkols/Mount Douglas to see an ancient oak tree. He observes other flora and fauna along the way while sharing interesting pieces of European folklore associated with some of the introduced species he encounters. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, October 30th, 1938- October days are the best of allContinue reading “Old Road and Veteran Oak”

Some Town Trees

Here Connell visits some old and interesting specimen trees, both native and exotic species, that were planted by early settlers in Victoria and muses over their cultural and historic associations. From the Victoria Colonist, November 6th, 1938- I respect the lover of trees, but for the planter of them I have a great admiration. ThirtyContinue reading “Some Town Trees”

On Willows Prairie

Connell takes us along on a ramble across a remnant of the swampy grasslands and oak prairies that once covered much of the Victoria region. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, Oct. 3rd, 1937- The other morning I took a stroll through one of the still vacant sections of Victoria’s old prairie. It lies north ofContinue reading “On Willows Prairie”

Along Country Roads by Mount Tolmie

Here Connell ventures up and over Mount Tolmie and down onto the eastern end of Cedar Hill Cross Road, where the University of Victoria is today. He examines the botany of forest, field and hedge as well as some remnants of human history along the way. From the Victoria Colonist, September 17th, 1939- From theContinue reading “Along Country Roads by Mount Tolmie”