It's bright under the kiwi vines (click to enlarge).

It’s bright under the kiwi vines (click to enlarge).

November tends to be damp, gray and dreary here on the west coast, so it’s a month I never anticipate with pleasure. Right now, with the darkness closing in earlier each day and that dreaded month fast approaching, I’m starting to crave a bit of extra light and colour.

Thankfully, our Hardy kiwis and Bigleaf maples are managing to brighten up their respective corners of our yard – along with my spirits.

We don’t get the glorious spectrum of autumn colours here that you’ll find back east, but our west coast deciduous trees and garden vines know a thing or two about yellow. It’s a colour with a surprisingly wide range of hues – my online dictionary lists over 30 shades of yellow. And at this time of year, that cheerful palette is exactly what I need.


If you are on Gabriola Island this weekend, be sure to catch the Gabriola Photography Club’s annual Fall Show & Sale: Sunday, November 1, at the Rollo Centre, 12 noon to 4 pm. See you there! 

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer and writer focusing on nature and the environment

6 responses »

  1. dianeschuller.com says:

    sorry I wasn’t able to be there. I certainly appreciate your perspective

  2. Robin says:

    Beautiful image as always, Laurie. 🙂 We don’t get many yellows here. I just mentioned that to my husband the other day. We have a lot of reds and oranges, but yellow is scarce.

  3. Fred Bailey says:

    Stunning photos as ever Laurie. Well done! Fred

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