A handful of photos from a beautiful trip to the Olympic Peninsula. A great first road trip in our Nissan Leaf! (electric vehicle)
Over the past few weeks, I have had many adventures in nature. A great bike trip on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail from Victoria to Sooke, British Columbia, exposed me to all sorts of plants. Endangered Garry Oak ecosystems hosted a variety of stunning native plants. Within the mixed coniferous/deciduous forest, there was Orange Honeysuckle, Red Columbine, Broad-leaved Stonecrop, Columbia Lily, and many more interesting plants in bloom. Black-tailed Deer, Hares, and California Quail also made occasional appearances!
Next week, a family trip took us to the Sunshine Coast. Sargeant Bay Provincial Park was home to all sorts of wildlife on land and below water. Snorkelling along the shore, I found crabs, sponges, perch, sculpin, and sea stars. Exposed in the mudflats were Bay Ghost Shrimp, quite a fun find. All in all, it's been a pretty fun start to summer in beautiful British Columbia!
Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a plant lover's paradise at the moment. Salmonberries and Bog Blueberries can be found in great numbers at Camosun Bog and in the rainforest. Sword and Deer Ferns are carpeting the forest floor while young trees continue to grow off dead logs. Pacific Spirit is a beautiful park worth visiting!
Northern bound spring migration is in full swing. Songbirds such as: warblers, flycatchers, tanagers, and vireos are all stopping in the Lower Mainland, an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, to refuel. Although bird sanctuaries are great spots to see birds, keep an eye out in your neighbourhood or local park. Wilson's Warblers are all over Vancouver. My neighbourhoods mature cherry trees are teeming with life. I've seen Wilson's and Yellow Rumped Warblers consistently as well as two stunning Western Tanagers. Not too far away were two Hammond's Flycatcher. Not only are these birds impressive in their looks, but also in their migration. Migrating to South and Central America for the winter, these birds return all the way back to the Northwest and further to breed.
Iona Beach Regional Park was beautiful this morning with a variety of birds and plants revealing the apparent arrival of spring in the Lower Mainland!
This morning, I had a great walk at the UBC Botanical Garden. This expansive garden has a great variety of plants from across the world. Whether you're looking for succulents or alpine plants from the Northern hemisphere, you can find it in this beautiful garden. Spring is around the corner and there were many plants with green shoots, making this a very fitting way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Photos taken on my phone.
I realize I haven't posted photos in a while, so here are some photos from the past month. A trip to the desert gave me the opportunity to photograph cacti and see two new species of bird. Other photos were taken locally at Trout Lake and the Maplewood Conservation Area.
Well... I had a big morning. I saw a total of 35 bird species today at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary and Brunswick Point, in Ladner. Bald Eagles lined the frozen slough, at Reifel, in search of carp underneath the ice and one juvenile stayed perched on a bird blind right beside the trail. Being so close to such a large and powerful animal is quite special. It has happened to me before at the Maplewood Conservation Area, in North Vancouver. That eagle also happened to be a juvenile. Perhaps they're more inquisitive than the adults. No matter the reason, it was a real treat! Hundreds of ducks , as well as a variety of songbirds were equally impressive and beautiful. Ladner, is a great place to see birds, with the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary being a natural jewel.
I'm using my power as a photographer to highlight nature's beauty and the reasons worth protecting our incredible planet