Sea Shore

A Helleva lot of Velella

August 10th, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Jellyfish, Sea Shore

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. […]

Herring Spawn Head’s Up

February 8th, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Central Vancouver Island, Destinations, Fish, Intertidal Zone, Nature Photography, Nature Viewing, Sea Shore

It’s all in the timing and it’s easy to miss. Last spring I was lucky, and the kids and I witnessed the amazing spectacle that is this country’s largest annual Pacific herring spawn. In other years, I’ve been a day or two late or early. When the herring arrive in March, the coastlines of Parksville Qualicum […]

Beach Hopper Party at Wickaninnish Beach!

July 11th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Crustaceans, Sea Shore

Sand fleas, beach hoppers, beach fleas – these are a few of the names given to the (usually) small little jumping things leaping about on the sand in a frantic attempt to escape your descending bare feet. At first encounter they can be a bit hard to love, maybe due to the unpredictable trajectory of […]

Deep Bay Marine Field Station

April 9th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Anemones, Crustaceans, Destinations, Echinoderms, Fish, North Vancouver Island, Sea Shore, Seastars, Shellfish

At the end of a crushed shell road lies the Deep Bay Marine Field Station, a research facility run by Vancouver Island University. It’s a gorgeous location overlooking Deep Bay and the station is spectacular in its design, looking a little like a huge clam shell. In addition to being used by Vancouver Island University […]

Kye Bay Beach Walk

February 6th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Beaches, Intertidal Zone, Landscapes, Sea Shore

I had a couple of hours to myself on Saturday afternoon and thought that I’d walk from Kye Bay through to Air Force Beach and back. It didn’t take too long and the tide was low so I had plenty of beach and tidepools to explore. In the middle there’s a long gravel bar that stretches a […]

Green Burrowing Anemones

May 14th, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Anemones, Intertidal Zone, Nature Viewing, Sea Shore

Miracle Beach Provincial Park is a spectacular place to take kids tide pool exploring—the wide expanse of sand allows for plenty of running in bare feet and the warm shallow tide pools are great for wading and searching for sea life. This weekend I took Alden and Clara up to “the beach house” and kept […]

Saving the Magnificent Pacific Gaper

April 15th, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Intertidal Zone, Sea Shore, Shellfish

It is not often that you see a living horse clam on the surface of the beach unless you have taken the effort to dig one out yourself. That’s why Jocie and I initially thought that the Pacific gaper (Tresus nuttallii) that we found at Miracle Beach was dead. We quickly realized otherwise after touching […]

Strand Line Buffet

March 15th, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Fish, Intertidal Zone, Sea Shore

With the wild wind we have had in the Comox Valley this week, there are bound to be some interesting things washed up in the strand line along the beaches at Point Holmes and Goose Spit and other beaches on Vancouver Island. Earlier this week I was out at Point Holmes looking for some last […]

Herring at Goose Spit

March 9th, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Fish, Intertidal Zone, Sea Shore

I always love getting down to the edge of the sea and at this time of the year there is even more incentive to wade into the tidal pools and poke around. In late February and early March it pays to watch for flocks of very active gulls and groups of barking and feeding sea […]

Eelgrass Abstracts

October 23rd, 2011  |  By  |  Published in Abstracts, Botany, Grass, Intertidal Zone, Sea Shore

A windy afternoon at Point Holmes, but nice to get some fresh air and look for nature abstracts in the strand line. Today there was plenty of eelgrass (Zostera marina) washed up on the sand and cobble but most of it was tangled and damaged from being tossed ashore in the waves. The blades of […]

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    Expectation

    Must be the warmer weather or perhaps a late spring migration - there seems to be more feral carts on the move turning up in interesting locations. I spotted this one on  an evening scooter ride with my kids and thought that the juxtaposition of the loading bay doors and the single cart was nicely balanced. We kept our distance from this unpredictable little fellow - it seemed to be waiting wistfully for the loading bay doors to open.

    Fuji X100S, post processed with Silver Efex Pro 2.

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    Sunset photographs from the mouth of the Trent River in Royston, Vancouver Island, BC last night. Gorgeous light, dramatic clouds.

    Photographed with a Fuji X-T1, XF 10-24mm lens.

    05/23/15

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    Trent River Estuary

    Really waffled tonight trying to figure out the best place to catch the evening light at sunset and almost left it too late. I was on my way to Comox when I turned around and thought to try the Courtenay estuary - half way to the trail out through the marsh when I second guessed myself again and thought that the Trent would be a better bet. Got to the beach about 20 minutes before the sun went below the horizon - enough time to find some interesting driftwood to photograph against the dramatic clouds rolling in from the west. This photograph is from later, just as the sun was going down and the soft warm light lit up a smaller piece of driftwood in the beach grass very nicely. I’ve got several other driftwood compositions but I liked this one the best - it’s a bit more intimate somehow and the grass poking above the horizon works for me. Stuck around until about 9:30 or so until the light was done. More photos coming later.

    Fuji X-T1, post processed in Lightroom.

    05/23/15

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