January by the Sea

Connell visits the rocks below the Chinese Cemetery at Harling Point on two separate occasions, once in winter and once in summer. In the winter visit he focuses on bird life and geology and in the summer he befriends two young fishermen and teaches them about marine plant life. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, JanuaryContinue reading “January by the Sea”

Breath of Spring in January

Connell returns to the Lansdowne slope paying particular attention to the winter bird life along the way. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, January 25th, 1942- Frost and snow have gone for the present, at least, and today has been a delightful foretaste of spring. A light rain in the morning gave way to one ofContinue reading “Breath of Spring in January”

Along the Happy Valley Road

Connell heads for the hills once again, this time to visit the picturesque Happy Valley in Colwood and Metchosin. He investigates the geography and the place names of the area and considers a peculiar local legend. From the Victoria Colonist, December 1st, 1940 – The road to Metchosin after skirting the broad gravelly plains ofContinue reading “Along the Happy Valley Road”

Ravages of A Winter Storm

Connell visits and inspects the beleaguered Ross Bay sea-wall in the wake of a winter storm. He considers the geography of the coastline in this location, the structure and suspected weaknesses of the wall, and proposes a natural (of course!) solution. From the Victoria Daily Times, December 31st, 1932- It will be some years beforeContinue reading “Ravages of A Winter Storm”

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”

In February Showers

In this article Reverend Connell takes a walk among the firs and oaks of a still-forested section of the old Hudson’s Bay Company lands on the Lansdowne slope, near the Saanich/Oak Bay border, almost exactly 80 years ago. His reflections on the historic landscape and the abundance of introduced species of flora and fauna thatContinue reading “In February Showers”

Salt Air by Shoal and Oak Bays

Reverend Connell’s botanical ramble along the shoreline of south Oak Bay. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, December 7, 1941. I hardly think anything could be finer than this Victoria November day with a little breeze from the east for additional zest. We leave the Victoria boundary at Foul Bay Road, and follow Runnymede to Mountjoy,Continue reading “Salt Air by Shoal and Oak Bays”

February Grey and Green

Reverend Connell paints a visceral portrait of the hills and farmlands of Strawberry Vale and the Colquitz River valley in late winter. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, February 22nd, 1942. The bus as it runs along Burnside Road gives a broad view of dark sloughed fields with a background of dark timber. It is surprisingContinue reading “February Grey and Green”

The New Mount Douglas Road

Follow Rev. Connell along Shelbourne Street and up the unfinished “new” road to the summit of Pkols/Mount Douglas. Take in some of the flora, geology and history of the valley, with a little turkey trivia for good measure! From the Victoria Daily Colonist, January 1st, 1939. After a night of frost a brilliantly sunny morningContinue reading “The New Mount Douglas Road”

“…And There Shall Be Snow”

Connell recalls some of the “Big Snow” winters of his youth and various adventures through the snowy landscape of rural and suburban Victoria. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, November 24, 1940– Despite all temporary and local discomforts there is a fascination about snow most of us never quite cease to feel. Children always are peculiarlyContinue reading ““…And There Shall Be Snow””