Thursday, September 29, 2016

Furling His Jib

The skipper of the Scorpius furled his sail before heading in to
the South Harbour to take on fuel. And he didn't have to leave his cockpit.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Turkey Vultures

A summer bird here, the Turkey Vultures will be heading south in short order.
They look much different on the ground, and while the above photo is recent,
I have to go back to 2011 to get a good photo of a grounded bird.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ladies of the Market

Juhli, the Market Manager
The ladies of the Farmer's Market, these, and others, without whom
there probably wouldn't be one.

Looby's Pizza Dough and Sauce

Grandma Rose's Pies

Huber Ink

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Life Of A Boat Owner

Non-stop maintenance.

Though he did pause to give me a shot of that tee-shirt.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Black Oystercatchers

I noted 5 Oystercatchers off the Seawalk earlier this month, 3 of which cooperated by giving me a group photo.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Raising The Spinnaker

Raising the spinnaker sail, for what was, I think, the first Saturday of the Yacht Club's fall Keel Boat Race season.
The Seance was one of 6 sailboats on the water, all becalmed, waiting for the wind.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Market Shopping

This weekend marks the last of the summer market season at
McLeod Road for another year.
Where does the time go.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Beach Access - Broom Road

This beach below Broom Road is #10 on the Regional Districts' map of Beach Access points.
Though as it is a mere stones-throw from the beach at Donkersly Road, I think
traffic here would be sparse.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Our local eagles have left the area, gone north to chase the salmon runs,
and won't be back till early October at the soonest. But that doesn't stop me from
posting an eagle photo taken in May. A near eye level shot like this only happens when you
catch an eagle perched atop a sailboat mast in the north harbour on a day with a
very, very low tide, and you're standing on the ferry walkway.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Frayja

The Frayja - tying the fenders on while swinging her about,
into the wind, and preparing to dock. At #11 float of the South Harbour.

She is a very nice wooden schooner, cedar on a white oak frame. The Frayja was designed
by Bill Garden, well known in the boat world, with over 1000 boat designs to his
name. She was built in Coombs, in 1975. The current owners have the pleasure since 2009.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Least Sandpipers

Another of the migratory birds making their way south. The Least Sandpiper is the smallest
of the shorebirds, the photos make them appear larger than the 4-4½ inches that they are.
Females leave the north first, and they can be seen here as early as July, with males
and young coming through in late August and September. These I caught at Willingdon last year.

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Tee-Shu

The Tee-Shu - for the 35 years from 1979 she was the papermill's harbour tug. Through
all the corporate changes that involved - MacMillan Bloedel, Pacifica, Norske and now
Catalyst - she remained the Tee-Shu. Come 2014 she required a very expensive refit,
money, apparently, that Catalyst could ill afford, and in early 2015 she was sold
to a company in Prince Rupert. They changed her name to W.Pearce, and
the name Tee-Shu is no more.
This photo was taken 6 years ago today, September 16, 2010.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Van Anda Cairn

The cairn overlooking Van Anda Bay that commemorates the sinking
of the Union Steamship Cheslakee at the Van Anda Wharf in 1913.

For those with eyesight like mine, the plaque reads as below :


Here the Union Steamship Cheslakee docked in the early hours of January 7, 1913. She started out for Powell River but fierce southeast winds made her list, causing deck cargo to shift and seas to enter open midship ports. Captain John Cockle returned to the wharf and put 90 people ashore, some heroically rescued by himself. The ship sank rapidly, drowning the cook, two loggers, a mother and her child, and two schoolteachers who would not leave their cabin improperly dressed. Some believe that anonymous loggers were also drowned, confined below deck.
The Cheslakee was salvaged and become the first west coast vessel to be “stretched” with a new centre section. It was renamed Union Steamship Cheakamus, served as a troop transport in W.W.II, and was scrapped in the late 1940’s.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Search and Rescue - 2

A CH-149 Cormorant stationed at Comox with what is now the 442 Transport and Rescue
Squadron. They fly over Westview regularly, and with their noise are hard to miss.

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Flats At Brew Bay

I went to Brew Bay looking for photogenic birds, of which there were none, so I settled
for a scenic photo.
Taken at the tail-end of August, and already the leaves were starting to turn.

Sunday, September 11, 2016


Nasturtiums and a driftwood post, on a property
facing the beach at Donkersly.
The floral season is winding down, unfortunately.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Short-billed Dowitchers

This time of year - the fall bird migration - is an opportunity
to see birds not normal to this area, as they "pass through". These
Short-billed Dowitchers at Willingdon Creek, last September, were on their
way to the southern States, with some going as far south as Brazil.

Friday, September 9, 2016

On The Rock - Three Views

Three photos taken on a recent day trip to Texada Island, AKA : The Rock

Above : at Van Anda Bay
Middle : at Erickson Beach
Bottom : the Queen of Burnaby on Algerine Passage
from the Texada ferry parking lot