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Union Bay Coal Hills

I’ve lived in the Comox Valley for some time now but have never walked out into the coal waste hills at Union Bay. This is the place where coal from the mines in Cumberland was “washed” using water from Hart (or Washer) Creek. The waste material was simply left in a big pile near the […]


Lions in the Dunes at Goose Spit

The sand dunes at Goose Spit are a small and remarkable place to visit in the Comox Valley. It is easy to miss this unique dune ecosystem located about mid-way from the last parking area at the gates of HMCS Quadra and the end of the spit. The dunes are narrow and follow the line of the […]


Awe Inspring Avatar Grove

Avatar Grove is an awe inspiring grove of old growth western redcedar and huge Douglas-fir trees. It’s hard to describe the feeling in this quiet forest near Port Renfrew. The trees are immense, towering over a forest floor covered with a chaotic jumble of fallen moss-covered wood, deer fern, salad, and red huckleberry. Tiny western […]


Rossiter Lake Ramble

I’ve been meaning to hike down to Rossiter and Divers Lake for some time but they’re a bit off the beaten track and access is essentially in and back. Both of these gorgeous lakes were added to Strathcona Provincial Park back in 2003. Access to Rossiter Lake (the first lake in the chain) is via […]


Bravery Needed at Bonnell Creek

Some waterfalls are challenging to get to—Ammonite Falls and the Trent River Falls are two good examples. Both of these require a rope assisted descent down a fairly steep slope. I’m not fond of heights and have visited both of these locations several times without problem. Bonnell Creek Falls are just a little more technical. Accessing […]


Return to Rosewall Creek

I like the hike up Rosewall Creek—it’s fairly easy going and the walk doesn’t take much more than 45 minutes to get to the first view point of the main falls. At this time of year, the water levels are high and accessing good view points for photography is challenging. Today I had the creek […]


Radar Hill Beach

It’s definitely off the beaten track in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and takes a little effort to get to but the Radar Hill Beaches are spectacular. The trail down to the beach is not maintained by Parks Canada and the going is fairly rough—there are lots of roots, steep sections, mud, and logs to […]


A Helleva lot of Velella

It’s like some ill-conceived, poorly planned invasion on the shores of the west coast of Vancouver Island. In the last week, small blue jellyfish-like creatures have been landing on the beaches of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in the millions—large swaths of them line the strand line at Wickaninnish Beach. More continue to come in daily. […]


Cassin’s Casualties

I usually find interesting things washed up at the high tide line along Wickaninnish Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve—fresh bull kelp is common, as are various types of shellfish and moulted dungeous crab shells. Sometimes the odd sand lance silvers in the sand, and once I found a dead seal. Birds are much […]


Serene Schooner Cove Sunset

Schooner Cove in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is one of my favourite places on the west coast of Vancouver Island to visit. It takes a little longer to get to (about 30 to 45 minutes depending on which parking area you choose and how fast you’re walking), and for that reason it’s less crowded […]


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    Kennedy Lake

    Gorgeous sunset at Kennedy Lake in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve​ - I stopped in on the way back out to Ucluelet tonight. The way the clouds and colour developed, I think that I should have carried on to beach but I made the best of the high water and intense clouds out over the lake. Hard to find a foreground object that worked really well, lots of little pieces of driftwood along the edge of the beach and high water limited how much of the shore I could use. Happy with the end result regardless.

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    Kin Beach

    Tried a couple of locations last night, really looking for a good view of the ominous dark clouds building out over the strait to create a mood in the image. Found a nice wall of dark at Kin Beach and poked around the drift logs at the top of the beach until I found some that were pointing in the right direction.

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    Point Holmes

    Crazy clouds in the Comox Valley these last couple of days - I love the dynamic energy in landscapes when the weather is changing. I checked out a couple of locations yesterday evening, the photography was challenging because of the rain and the wind. Too windy to hold up an umbrella, ended up putting the camera in continuous mode, chose a composition and then fired off a series of shots hoping that I’d get one without rain drops on the front of the lens. Clean the lens, repeat. This image was created near Point Holmes after I was rained out at Goose Spit. Played around with the driftwood and really like the contrast between the texture in the wood and the tones in the sky.

    And yes, this is #244 again - I used two images from the same day as if they were taken on separate days. Back on track again : )

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