Summertime Outdoor Fun- #SundayStills #Photography #Nature


The Sunday Still Challenge hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt is The Great Outdoors. You can see Terri’s photos and join into the challenge here.

The photo above is from the coast of Newfoundland and was originally a video of a whale breaching near the shoreline!

Our main outdoor activity is gardening and reaping the rewards in fresh fruit and vegetables.

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.

Alfred Austin

There are many wonderful hiking trails on Vancouver Island with spectacular views.

There’s fun water activities, too.

And then there’s my flowers. Hubby says tending the garden is one step closer to God’s heart. I agree. The natural beauty of plants and trees fill my soul with contentment. Sharing for Cees’ Flower of the Day.

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”

Ashley Smith

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37 thoughts on “Summertime Outdoor Fun- #SundayStills #Photography #Nature

  1. Beautiful photos of beautiful scenes, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, John. Always happy to share my flowers 🙂

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  2. Gorgeous photos, Jacquie! The fruit looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It’s strawberry picking time right now, with the treat of a couple of blueberries and a raspberry yesterday- yum!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous pictures Jacquie. Vancouver Island is so beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Carla. And the climate is temperate, though not so much this week!
      How is it there?

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      1. Really humid. Temp was in the low 80s but with the humidity, in the 90s. We have had some rain the last few days, which we sorely needed.

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  4. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader June 27, 2021 — 12:46 pm

    You make me want to visit Jacquie!

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  5. You really know how to make good use of the outdoors and savor the moments you have, Jacquie! Wonderful garden bounties, wow! We have a farmers market 4 miles away on Thursdays and I’ve loaded up so far on apricots, apples and cherries and fresh eggs! Yum! Your husband has the right idea with his quote–you should really quote him! And I really love your Painnt pic of Vancouver Island you shared! Gorgeous. My Half-Dome pic was Painnted, too! Have a great week and stay cool!

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    1. We have apricot, cherry, and apple trees. I can’t wait until they start really producing! They say it takes between 3-5 years, so, just in time for retirement, lol.
      Yes, it’s unbearable here, +35 today, but I’m not complaining, many have it worse. Inland BC is calling for +50 with the humidex in the next couple of days!

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  6. Jacquie, You sure know how to enjoy wonderful Vancouver Island. All your photos are beautiful. Have a great weekend! #SundayStills.

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    1. We love it here, Natalie- so beautiful!

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  7. Kirstin Bozich Troyer June 27, 2021 — 4:28 pm

    I loved your photos Jacquie…and that quote at the end.

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    1. Thank you, Kirstin. I love that one, too 🙂

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  8. D.L. Finn, Author June 27, 2021 — 10:02 pm

    Absolutely beautiufl pictures, Jacquie:) You live in an amazing place!

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  9. Wow! I become wanderlust. Where is the next airport? Lol Thank you for sharing these wonderful impressions, what summer can and should be, Jacquie! Have a beautiful week! xx Michael

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    1. Lol, we’d love to have you, Michael. Enjoy your week, my friend ❤️

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  10. Beautiful photos, Jacquie. Are you guys affected by the heat wave? It’s a weird year. Our temps for the week are forecast to be mostly in the 80s. Very unusual for late June, but we’ll take it.

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    1. Yes, we’re under an extreme heat warning, and in fact, broke an all-time high yesterday of +36- and it’s only June!

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  11. I love your photos, Jacquie! There is so much to love in them.

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    1. Thank you, Kymber. I love living here 😊

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  12. Gorgeous outdoor photos, Jacquie. I wish we could travel and visit Vancouver Island. Perhaps someday, when the pandemic is over. I love fruits and I like all the fruits you show in your photos. You have a lovely life where you are.

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    1. I’m just so happy here, I have to share my joy, lol.

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  13. I think your husband is 100% right, Jacquie, and the flowers are beautiful. I do like your quotes although they are not relaxed and peaceful.

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    1. Hubby is the romantic in our family 🙂

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  14. What a beautiful testament to the joys of summer, Jacqui. You live in a beautiful place and have made it more beautiful by being there. Lovely quotes too. Thanks for the smile!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Diana. We wished and prayed for most of our married lives to live here, and now we are! It’s truly a blessing I never take for granted ❤️

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      1. That’s wonderful to hear. I could move there easily, Jacquie. Ocean, mild winters, lovely forests. Sigh.

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          1. Ha ha ha. I’d have to get my daughter to move too. Perhaps a visit someday. ❤

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