Thursday, July 19, 2007

Thursday Walking Group --- Steveston

It's rainy and cloudy today, Thursday, so here is a post about last Thursday, when my walking group went to a little village called Steveston, which is situated at the head of the delta of the south arm of the "mighty" Fraser River. It's about 30 minutes from where I live at the head of the delta of the north arm of said river. This river is subject to flooding at times. It's extremely flat and Steveston and the surrounding area of Richmond are on a large island within the flood plain, so they have built up a pathway around the land, called "the dyke" road, which is enjoyed by cyclists and pedestrians alike. So on a nice Thursday, a couple of times a year we will go there to walk on the dyke. There are spectacular views of the mountains, both on the mainland and on Vancouver Island but it was very hazy that day so my shots are of some different things I saw on this walk.


Some ducks and turtles resting on a wooden float in amongst the water lilies. This is a canal on one side of the dyke path.

These very unusual cows are called Belted Galloways which are mostly black with the white belt although you can see a red one here too. This small farm has been operated by the Steves family after whom Steveston is named, since 1877. It co-exists with the suburban houses around it.

Belted galloways are very good milk cows but you can buy a heifer as beef if you are so inclined. The Steves also produce seed for the Heritage Seed Program which preserves heirloom and endangered seeds of fruits, grains and herbs.

At this point the canal has been widened into a pond with these townhouses backing onto it


Looking towards Vancouver Island, out there in the haze


Steveston is very much a working port with fishing boats coming and going

This wharf at Steveston is home to some interesting shops and many little restaurants with great views of the activity on the water. On this sunny day lots of people were eating outside. This shot is not great and I had a better one lined up when my batteries went dead. Next time, sigh.

So I'm off to the Granville Island walk in a few moments but I'm not expecting photographic gems from there today although I will take my camera.

24 comments:

Rhea said...

That's quite a nice walking group excursion.

lady macleod said...

You take such wonderful photographs! I feel like I have taken the walk. Love the cows and the description of the Steveston farm - wonderful that they are preserving the line of seeds that way.

I am coming to Surrey, British Columbia for the writer's conference in October. Is that very far from you? What sort of weather can I expect do you think?

Voyager said...

JMB, I never knew what those cows were called. I always just call them the stripey cows.
I actually did the "eight random things" blog a while back, but I wrote it about my husband. I'm not good at fllowing meme rules!
V.

Sienna said...

Oooh what beautiful pics!

I love this, it looks like just the prettiest place; our local undertaker has converted the old driv-in theatre into a little cattle paddock, they are your belted cows!!! I often meant to ask him what they were, now I know.

These pics are so dreamy!!
Thanks JMB

Pam

Lee said...

Great pics and top place to walk by the looks of it. Enjoy your walk. :)

jmb said...

Hi Rhea,
It is a very nice place for us to walk but it is quite far for us to drive there so we tend to do it only when the weather is good.
Thanks for stopping by.

jmb said...

Hi Lady Mac,
I've emailed you about the writers'conference. I do hope we can link up when you are here.
Thanks for the kind words about the post.
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi Voyager,
I had to google the cows with the belt as I called them and then I discovered all this stuff about the Steves.
I saw your post and commented on it as I recall.
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi Sienna,
This is a very beautiful spot.
I can't believe you have some of these Belted Galloways near you. You can impress your neighbour with your knowledge.
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi Lee,

Steveston is a very nice place for a walk, but only on a fine day. Since it is so exposed it is often very windy.
thanks for the good wishes.
regards
jmb

RUTH said...

I do love a walk and really enjoyed seeing your photos of yours. What stunning water lilies! Hope your walk went well today and you managed to take a few photos.

Eurodog said...

Nice pictures and nice post.

Ellee said...

I agree with Lady MacLeod, what lovely pictures and, as a keen walker, I would loved to have joined you.

Janice Thomson said...

Gosh these are beautiful shots Jmb of Steveston! I too like the water lilies and the pond is gorgeous.

My dad had Galloway's for years but not the belted ones, just the white ones. I never knew they came striped too. We had striped pigs though...wonder if they were related lol.
You do go to some interesting places Jmb and it's always a pleasure to see your photos.

jmb said...

Hi Ruth,
Thanks for the kind words. You often take me on a walk in your part of the world, so I am returning the favour.
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Thanks Eurodog. By the way I sent a new photo to Nos regards
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi Ellee, I'm not in your class as a walker, but we do five miles on our Granville Island walk so that's not bad for the "old girls".
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi Janice,
I didn't know what these cows were and had to google them. Cows with white belts I asked and sure enough I got a result. I never knew they came in plain! Striped pigs?
regards
jmb

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Lovely photos as a;ways, jmb. I am fascinated by the belted cows!

leslie said...

I grew up in Richmond (Steveston is a section in the south west corner of Richmond) and it always fascinates me when people do posts on "my" home area. Now I live just south of Steveston and it takes me about 15 minutes to get there - I often go there for lunch with the girls or just poke around the little shops. You can also buy fish right off the boats at the dock. On July 1, there's the big Salmon Festival and a parade in the area, too. When I was a little girl, we used to be able to smell the fish canneries when the wind was just right. It really is an interesting little corner of the world.

MedStudentWife said...

Steveston is so kwel.. there used to be a great chandelry there as well.

jmb said...

Hi WCLC,
Aren't the cows really neat. I've seen them for years but only when I put up the photo did I google them and find out what they were.
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi Leslie,
Did you live in Steveston? Richmond is a very big area but Steveston is a special little part of it. There was no one selling fish the day I took these photos but there usually is. Everyone was dining out in the sunshine. Lovely day, lovely spot.
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi MSW,
I didn't know about the chandelry. Maybe it's still there and I've never noticed.
regards
jmb