Salmon Nurseries in the Tsolum River and its Tributaries

November 26th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Environmental Issues, Fish, Natural History, Nature Viewing

Guest post by Jennifer Sutherst As our noses are affronted with the smell of salmon carcasses feeding our aquatic habitats, our local streams and rivers are playing host to the completion of the salmon life cycle as adult spawners return to lay their eggs and die.  We saw a huge run of pink salmon a reasonable […]

Trent River Falls

October 15th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Central Vancouver Island, Destinations, Landscapes, Waterfalls

Last fall when I hiked up the Trent River I met some people who told me about a spectacular waterfall on the downstream side of the Inland Island Highway. At that time I did a bit of research on-line and talked to a couple of friends who had been into the Trent River falls—it sounded […]

Lorquin’s Admiral

July 4th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Butterflies, Invertebrates

Out for a family walk at Morrison Creek Park yesterday and we came upon a number of butterflies puddling on the wet mud beside one of the creeks. There were several Lorquin’s Admirals (Limentis lorquini ssp. ilgae) busy in the mud and I was able to get relatively close to one with my new Fuji […]

Wildflowers at Comox Lake Bluffs Ecological Reserve

May 9th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Botany, Ecoreserve, Flowers, Landscapes

In my previous post about the Comox Lake Bluffs Ecological Reserve I hinted that I had a few more wildflower photographs to share. The bluffs are definitely a fantastic destination for wildflower photography and there are many unique flowers that grow on the hot exposed bluffs. Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria affinis) Rusty-haired Saxifrage (Saxifraga rufidula) Grassland Saxifrage […]

Citrine Wagtail still in the Comox Valley!

March 8th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Bird Watching, Birds

Update: March 24, 2013 Last confirmed sighting of the Citrine Wagtail on eBird was Thursday, March 21. However, since that time, access to the farm lane has been restricted due to active farming and the lane is gated. Original Post I have to admit that during the dark days of January, 2013 I had written the citrine […]

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 […]

Feral Carts Return

February 2nd, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Natural History, Odds and Ends, Shopping Carts

It’s been a while since I’ve posted observations on the natural history of feral carts that I’ve found and photographed here on Vancouver Island—I moved my cart related posts over to a separate blog but it’s now time to bring them back home. No real reason to keep them separate and it’s just too time […]

Where’s Wagtail?

January 2nd, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Bird Watching, Birds

Update: March 24, 2013 Last confirmed sighting of the Citrine Wagtail on eBird was Thursday, March 21. However, since that time, access to the farm lane has been restricted due to active farming and the lane is gated. Update: March 6, 2013 Checked the original farm site on Wednesday, March 6 with Viktor Davare and had […]

Citrine Wagtail in Comox – Saturday, December 1, 2012

December 2nd, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Bird Watching, Birds

Update: March 24, 2013 Last confirmed sighting of the Citrine Wagtail on eBird was Thursday, March 21. However, since that time, access to the farm lane has been restricted due to active farming and the lane is gated. Update: March 6, 2013 Checked the original farm site on Wednesday, March 6 with Viktor Davare and had a […]

Citrine Wagtail – Mega Twitch Dip Tick

November 20th, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Bird Watching, Birds

Update: March 24, 2013 Last confirmed sighting of the Citrine Wagtail on eBird was Thursday, March 21. However, since that time, access to the farm lane has been restricted due to active farming and the lane is gated. Update: March 6, 2013 Checked the original farm site on Wednesday, March 6 with Viktor Davare and had a […]

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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.

    Fuji X-T1, VSCO Kodak Tri-X 400 film emulation

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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 : )

    Fuji X-T1, Fuji’s Classic Chrome camera profile.

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