South Beach Slow

I’m not sure why more people don’t visit South Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve—it might be that I’m usually out there off peak hours, but this summer I’ve rarely seen more than a half-dozen people walking the curve of gravel beach each time. It is a relatively easy 800m (about 15-20 minute) walk from the parking area but …

Capture the Coast

I have worked off and on at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve as a Heritage Interpreter and loved being able to combine my passion for photography with my work. In 2010 I developed a program called West Coast Walkabout that was the perfect way to introduce park visitors to the landscape and ecology of the west coast of Vancouver Island. …

Two Important Coastal Food Plants

Silverweed (Potentilla anserina ssp. pacifica) can be found in wet seepage areas and sandy spots near the ocean. Two very visible coastal plants that I’ve noticed along the top of the beach at South Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve are also important food plants for a number of first nations groups. Both Springbank Clover (Trifolium wormskjoldii) and Silverweed …

Blue-eyed Grass at South Beach

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale) Flower #1 One of the plants that I’ve been trying to photograph for years is Blue-eyed Grass. I never seem to get the timing right – I’m either too early and find this iris in bud or too late and it has already gone to seed. Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale) Flower #2 Today, while …

A Rose By Any Other Name

South Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. I’ve recently enjoyed walking the South Beach Trail in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and was amazed by the number of plants in flower both along the trail and on the rocky outcrops at South Beach itself. Five of these plants belong in Rosaceae (Rose family) and I decided to put them …