Looking for Horse Thieves

It’s easy to imagine a gang of horse thieves hiding out at Horsethief Butte—the high basalt walls form a natural fortress and there are a number of narrow entrances into the interior of the butte that would make it easy to defend from a posse of lawmen. Horsethief Butte in the warm morning sun. I visited this Washington state park …

Damon Point State Park

During spring break this year I did a week long road trip down Route 101 through Washington and Oregon so this post is a bit of a retrospective. One of the places that I visited was Damon Point State Park, a bit of a nature refuge in the tourist town of Ocean Shores. I stopped in at the tourist info …

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds!

Since arriving in Nova Scotia, we’ve  been enjoying the show out on the deck of the family home in South West Margaree. It is hard to get an exact count because they’re constantly moving, but I think that there’s close to 30 ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) visiting the feeders. A female Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) perched in the raspberry canes. …

August Lake Flowers

The downward pointing flowers of Few-flowered Shooting Star (Dodecatheon pulchellum) resemble a star falling to earth. In my last post I wrote about Arrow-leaved Balsamroot, the most obvious flower in bloom at August Lake near Princeton, British Columbia. While I have to admit that the fields of beautiful yellow sunflowers were captivating there were a number of other smaller flowers …

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata) produces gorgeous yellow flowers in the early spring. One of the signature plants of the Okanagan is the Arrow-leaved Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata). This beautiful member of the Sunflower family is hard to miss – in the early spring the yellow flowers produce a dramatic display on dry hillsides of the interior. During our recent trip to …

On the Road in the Okanagan

Howdy folks – just a quick update to let you know that Jocie and I (and the kids) are on the road this week in the Okanagan, British Columbia. I’ll be back to posting regularly this coming Sunday so in the meantime, browse through some of the archives! The spring flowers and birding have been excellent so far – my …