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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Shawnigan Lake

We went for a short drive today up the island. Not far, but decided to circle around and pass by Shawnigan Lake. Hubby has never seen it and I haven't seen it since I was a kid. Along the road leading to the south end of the lake, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. It was completely heartbreaking. I've lived here my entire life and it's really a beautiful place, parks everywhere that are shrouded in trees and foliage and all manner of interesting growths. Beautiful tree covered hills and mountains everywhere you drive, streams, lakes and rivers. Being on an island is like paradise and each new place you visit unearths more of natures miracles.

What I saw today, would have had me in buckets of tears if I had stopped and looked any longer than I did. The sides of the mountains are being raped of their beautiful trees and foliage, leading up to that end of the lake, and leaving the wildlife to find new places to live and survive the best they can. We wonder why cougars and other wildlife are finding their way into residential areas. Well duh, all you developers, give your heads a shake. You're destroying their sanctuaries in the name of the all mighty dollar...it's shameful and disgusting....all that distruction for what, the sake of condo and townhouse developments that bring in the money, money that you can't take with you anyway when your time comes... So stupid.
At least when we arrived at the lake, I was happy to see that the lake has survived so far, and it as beautiful a site as I remember it. I took a couple of pictures of it and thought you might like to see it for yourself. If you can envision those mountains in the back being barren of growth, it will give you an idea of what we saw. These pictures may become historical, we'll be able to look back and say, "remember when".......






























2 comments:

  1. Lovely pics, Ro, and I so agree with your feelings on this. I get so upset when I see our bushland getting mowed down by developers. There is no consideration for the wildlife either which is so sad.

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  2. Hi Serena,
    It's truly heartbreaking to see this. It always amazes me when people react to seeing a cougar in residential areas....so where are they supposed to go?? We are becoming so engrossed in the "me" world, we're destroying everything around us...but someone is sure to say...."that's what change is all about"....Phooey I say...

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