Across the Strait 2 – BC SkyWatch #4

Sunset at Miracle Beach looking across the Strait of Georgia at the Coast Mountains. It looks like we’ve seen the last of the crisp, cold clear days on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I took this sunset photograph at Miracle Beach earlier this week while we still had some clear skies. Since then the weather has continued to be cold, with …

Courtenay Estuary – BC SkyWatch #3

During the dull gray days of November and December in the Pacific Northwest it is always a treat to get a sunny day. This week we’ve been fortunate with a string of clear (but cold) days and the sunsets and sunrises have been magnificent. Looking east over the water of the Courtenay Estuary. This series of sunset images was taken …

Cochise Lake Birdwatching – Arizona Skywatch #6

As the rain continues to fall here in British Columbia, I wistfully return to Arizona for this episode of SkyWatch Friday. Last March, I traveled to Arizona with a pair of naturalists for a week of birding and botanizing. One of the locations that we wanted to hit was Cochise Lake, just outside of Wilcox, Arizona. We arrived late in …

Across the Strait – BC Skywatch # 2

We’ve been blessed with some blue skies this week here on the east coast of Vancouver Island. I captured these photographs of clouds building on the mainland across the Strait of Georgia earlier this week. Enjoy this Skywatch post! Air and Water Mix Storm Clouds Build Across the Strait Looks Like It Might Rain

Strathcona Skywatch #2

For most of the day it alternated between blue sky and cloud. While looking for mushrooms last weekend up at Buttle Lake we also had the opportunity to do some weather watching. On the coast, the skies were blue and cloudless. Heading west from Campbell River towards the Buttle Lake corridor of Strathcona Provincial Park we were apprehensive about the …

A Change in Weather – BC Skywatch #1

Skyscape #1 This week we had a brief respite from the monotonous grey sky and rain that characterizes a typical coastal British Columbia winter. However, the blue skies did not last long and I captured this series of images as a major front moved in. I loved how dramatic these clouds were – enjoy! Skyscape #2 Skyscape #3 Skyscape #4

Organ Pipe Cactus NM – Arizona Skywatch #5

Brittlebush, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona For this Skywatch Friday post I’m returning once again to the brilliant blue skies of Arizona. In March of 2008, my wife and I and our 8 month old son spent 10 days visiting a number of natural history destinations in this fascinating (and warm) state. One of our must see destinations was …

Cave Creek Canyon – Arizona Skywatch #4

Cave Creek Canyon With the cold October rains beginning here in British Columbia I returned to my photographs of last spring’s trip to Arizona in search of blue skies and warm memories for this week’s Skywatch Friday post. Part of our trip took us to Portal, Arizona and Cave Creek Canyon. This area is renown for its birding and was …

Madera Canyon – Arizona Skywatch #3

Santa Rita Mountains One of the primary reasons to visit Arizona during spring break (aside from getting a break from the winter weather up here in BC) is the excellent opportunities for bird watching and botanizing as well as superb sky watching. Last March I joined two fellow naturalists and spent a week traveling around southeastern Arizona. One of our …

Chiricahua NM – Arizona Skywatch #2

On these dark, wet, autumn days it’s worthwhile digging in the archives in search for some bluer skies for Skywatch Friday. These images were taken on the Echo Canyon/Heart of Rocks/Big Loop trail in Chiricahua National Monument last March during a spring break birding and botanizing trip to Arizona. The geology at Chiricahua is phenomenal and the weather in March …