mayne island

Ocean views from Mayne Island, B.C.

We enjoyed a quick retreat to the southern gulf islands this weekend to reconnect with longtime friends and their little ones. The days were mostly overcast and cool - skies lidded over - perfect for island explorations, meandering conversations, hot spiced cocoa and winter beards of witch's hair (lichen). I can't think of any place I'd rather be than cliffside and surrounded by Arbutus, eating cookies with such lovely, generous folks.   

Parting shot: Monty enjoys a brief ocean dip as the sun rises. 

Thank you, friends, for a lovely weekend.

PS - my first time taking each and every photo on manual. Ruined 80% of them, but 20% turned out just fine. I am growing!