Fall Fluff

Narrow-leaved Cotton-grass (Eriophorum angustifolium) creates a sea of white in the meadows of Strathcona Provincial Park. Fall hiking in Paradise Meadows on Vancouver Island, British Columbia provides an excellent opportunity for one last glimpse at late blooming flowers and the seed heads from plants that flowered earlier in the year. By far the most obvious plant in seed in the …

Sunbathers vs. the Large-headed Sedge

Some weeks ago there was a letter in a local paper complaining about the “invasion” of Large-headed Sedge (Carex macrocephala) at Air Force Beach in Comox. The complaint was based on the fact that the sedge was taking over the prime sunbathing area and should therefore be removed. Jocie and I decided that it was worth taking a drive out …

Wetland Landscapes

Photography can be challenging at the best of times. Try throwing a 2 year old in a backpack into the mix (“Hold still – Daddy’s trying to take a photo”) – you get the picture! Today we took an impromptu walk in Paradise Meadows with both kids in tow (almost 2 year old Alden and 3 month old Clara). In …