ashleytheislander - Ashley McMath ashleytheislander

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- Ashley McMath   |Victoria, BC ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ| Westcoast Lifestyle Photographer ๐Ÿ“ท ๐ŸŒฒ Family Adventures ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒŠ Island Life ๐ŸŒŠ 365 Project @ashleymcmath365 Mod @runwild.mychild

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We've been doing a bit of island hopping this summer. Our first stop was Quadra Island where we stayed at the @tsa_kwa_luten_lodge  right next to this Lighthouse. It's over 100 years old but still in use lighting the entrance to the Discovery Passage. We've admired this Lighthouse many times from the beach in Campbell River, so it was neat to be on the other side seeing it up close. ๐ŸŒŠ #lighthouse  #quadraisland  #discoverypassage  #discoveryislands  #explorebc  #pnwbc  #pnw  #pnwlife  #thatpnwlife  #pnwonderland  #pnwfamilies 

It wouldn't be a trip to Thetis Island without some photos of starfish. I was happy to see this little colony thriving there this year. I love these guys ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒŸ #purpleseastar  #PisasterOchraceus  #thetisisland  #gulfislandsbc  #explorebc  #pnwbc  #pnw  #pnwlife  #thatpnwlife  #pnwcollective  #pnwonderland  #herpnwlife  #pentax 

This is where I spent my summers as a child. That shining sea and golden sun will always be the epitome of summer for me. Seeing my children experience summer the same way is truly heart-warming. ๐ŸŒ… #bestplaceonearth  #pioneerpacificcamp  #pioneercamps  #pioneerpacific  #thetisisland  #gulfislandsbc  #explorebc  #pnwbc  #pnwfamilies  #RunWildMyChild  #KelpandMoss 

We're home (and recovering) from our trip to Quadra island and week at camp on Thetis Island. We had an unusual amount of rain for July, but that didn't make it any less amazing. I'll be back to posting regularly now and sharing all my favourite photos from our adventures. Check out my Story highlights โฌ†๏ธ for a few snapshots too and head over to @runwild.mychild  today to see some photos in Stories there. Also check out @pioneerpacificcamp  to see some shots I took for Camp last week. โ›ต #pioneerpacificcamp  #pioneerpacific  #pioneercamps  #bestplaceonearth  #bestsummerever  #gobigatcamp  #summercamp  #RunWildMyChild  #gulfislandsbc  #explorebc  #pnwbc  #pnwfamilies  #KelpandMoss  #ashleymcmathphotography 

June's #colorchasechallenge  was rainbow! I didn't have a chance to put this together before going on vacation but here it is now, in all it's rainbowy glory! โค๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’– @colorchasechallenge  #rainbow  #yyj  #victoriabc 

There's nothing quite as fun as catching jellyfish when you're an 8-year-old boy! Gracie and I prefer not to touch them because they make your hands stink, but Thomas doesn't care -- I had to remind him to rinse off his hands before eating lunch ๐Ÿ˜‚ . . . #jellyfish  #summeryyj  #yyj  #victoriabc  #explorevi  #explorevancouverisland  #vanisle  #pnwbc  #pnwfamilies  #RunWildMyChild  #KelpandMoss 

They demolished the orchard last week. I knew it was coming, but the shock of it hit me harder than I thought it would. I still can't think about it without crying. All those beautiful old apple trees. I know it was never mine -- we've just been borrowing it the past 11 years, because it was abandoned and unloved. But it felt like ours -- so many golden evenings spent traipsing through the tall grass. If you've followed me for awhile you've seen countless photos of the orchard, in every season. I'll probably collect them up into a special project in memorial. For now I'm just too sad. Every tree is gone, soon to be replaced with a subdivision. The deer will be displaced, slowly running out of quiet spaces to hide from the stress of urban living. ๐Ÿ #oursecretorchard  #orchard  #summeryyj  #yyj  #victoriabc  #freelensing  #freelensed  #thefreelensed  #freelensedproject  #RunWildMyChild 

It's summer vacation! And I have a new toy -- my GoPro Hero 7 Black. I'll be playing with it in and around the water all summer and I'm excited to share some new perspectives from our adventures. ๐Ÿ“ท๐ŸŒŠ #summeryyj  #yyj  #victoriabc  #gopro  #goprohero  #goprohero7black  #underwaterkids  #gotd_2255  #cw_splash  #p52_fullsun  #kotl_water  #cys_outside  #dym_summer  #mmm_summerfun  #lobk_adventuring  #RunWildMyChild 

When your dress has pockets ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜„ . It's been a crazy and overwhelming week! Thursday was the last day of school and Grade 5 Graduation for this amazing kid who is moving onto middle school in September. It was an emotional day, especially for us parents who can hardly believe the chubby-cheeked babies we reluctantly escorted to the first day of kindergarten are now moving on to the next stage. ๐Ÿ˜ญ . After this whirlwind of a week it's finally summer vacation! I'm catching my breath and then we'll be onto our many exciting adventures! ๐ŸŒž #endofanera  #schoolsout  #loveourbigkids  #summeryyj  #yyj  #victoriabc  #ashleymcmathphotography  . . . #sc_theme337  #tpn_summer  #sjsummertime  #becjunchallenge  #p52_fullsun  #dym_summer  #mmm_summerfun  #documentyourdays_celebrate 

It's always a debate which beach to go to. They all have their perks. This one is apparently the best beach for sticks so it's an obvious choice for Thomas. This evening we're debating between our favourite sandy beach or the one where we've seen dolphins. Summer on the island is hard to beat. ๐ŸŒŠ #summeryyj  #yyj  #victoriabc  #explorevi  #explorevancouverisland  #explorebc  #pnwbc  #pnw  #pnwlife  #pnwfamilies  #RunWildMyChild  #KelpandMoss  #lblcollective  #beunraveled  #pentax 

The sun has set on the longest day of the year. It wasn't the solstice celebration I'd hope for. It's been a hard week, and a long day in more ways than one. . But my Gracie girl is home from her school trip to Tofino -- with tangled hair and sun touched cheeks. She's home safe. ๐Ÿ’– . So I am grateful -- for so much, but especially for these two island kids and the whole summer ahead of us to enjoy together. ๐ŸŒ… #summersolstice  #thelongestday  #summeryyj  #yyj  #victoriabc  #pnwbc  #pnwfamilies  #RunWildMyChild  #mom_hub1157  #tpn_summer  #cw_hellosummer  #dym_summer  #loveourbigkids  #freelensing  #freelensed  #thefreelensed  #thefreelensdproject  #beunraveled  #pentax  #jj_forum_2649  #oursecretorchard