Comox Lake Bluffs Ecological Reserve

There is nothing at the parking area just beyond the dam at Comox Lake to suggest that a spectacular ecological reserve is a short 20 minute hike away. Beyond the┬áburned rubbish and twisted metal and broken glass is a wide gravel trail that leads through an old cut block. The trail at this point has been “deactivated” in an attempt …

Spring Gold Part 2

While in Victoria this week I drove to the top of Mount Douglas to search for early spring flowers. I was hoping to find some Satinflower but was unsuccessful. However, in the late afternoon light I did find a number of beautiful spring flowers so the trip was definitely worth it. Bright splashes of Spring-gold (Lomatium utriculatum) stand out against …

Spring Flowers at Mount Douglas

A small group of Chickweed Monkey-flower (Mimulus alsinoides) growing in a vernal seep. The vantage point of the top of Mount Douglas in Saanich offers a spectacular 360o view of rural Saanich, downtown Victoria, and the Olympic Mountains across the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington state. However, it is worth turning one’s eyes from the striking vista and …