Monday, October 31, 2016

Red-necked Grebes

Another interior aquatic bird that comes to the coast in winter, wearing its drab winter colours.
Last winter, when these were taken, I saw more of these Grebes off the Westview wharf
than any previous year, whatever that may be worth. This year's birds have already
arrived, I spotted some 2 weeks ago.

Like Loons and other diving birds their legs are set so far back that they're ungainly on land.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Townsite Gate

Virginia Creeper and a Townsite gate. On Marine Avenue's "Management Row".

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Saturday Keelboat Race

The Powell River Yacht Club's Fall Keelboat Race Season is currently ongoing, every
Saturday morning at 10am, weather permitting. Though that does not mean the sun
must be shining, aptly demonstrated by this photo from last October.
The Westview wharf is a great vantage point to watch from,
or take photos from.

Friday, October 28, 2016

At Hammil Lake

It's been some years since I've been here, but it hasn't changed much in the interim.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


An October Rhododendron in an appropriate planter at
River City Auto on Franklin Avenue, last Thursday.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Bonaparte's Gulls

This time of year I like to stand on the Westview wharf and watch the little Bonaparte's Gulls
gracefully skimming the surface of the water looking for minnows. Above is an adult
bird, and below is a youngster, still with a mottled brown colouring on its wings.

They miss their catch on most attempts, but with a bit of patience one can
sometimes see one enjoying lunch.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Inclement Weather

When the weather is poor in front of Westview, it is always worse on the other side of Grief Point, and it is
common to see a southbound tug and her logboom marking time in the waters off the Seawalk till the weather clears.
Which is what the Inlet Knight spent most of a day doing during some recent inclement weather. She was joined in
mid-afternoon by the Yucata. (And I only got slightly damp taking these.)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Haul Road Tunnel

It was early in 1973 that they finished installing this tunnel under "the cut", the section of highway between Westview
and the Townsite, and they've been hauling logs through it ever since, not, on occasion, without mishap. There have been
several times when a large load didn't quite make it through.
I've photographed this scene several times, this one dates from September 2011.

Friday, October 21, 2016

At Filberg Park - Comox - Take Two

Comox's Filberg Park is 9 acres of parkland just blocks from the downtown core.
Formerly a private residence, the park features Filberg Lodge, a 1930's
era heritage home that must have been a joy to live in.
I was there the tail end of September.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

At Filberg Park - Comox

On a quick day-trip to Comox 3 weeks ago, with some time to spare, I made a little
side trip to Comox's Filberg Park, and caught this young thing
with its head in the begonias.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebes are a year-round bird in Powell River, but in the winter months we see
more of them as interior birds migrate to the coast. The bird books say they prefer
fresh water lakes, and you'll find them on Cranberry Lake and Duck Lake often, but
every winter I spy one or two near shore on the chuck.

And if you get up early enough, you might even catch one doing its calisthenics.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Crossing McFall Creek

The trestle over McFall Creek that connects the Kingfisher Trail to the McFall Creek Trail, in Millennium Park.
Another skookum job by the BOMB Squad.

Monday, October 17, 2016


Fraser River Pile and Dredge recently spent a morning dredging out the
mill pond at the log dump. Here we have a worker, hands busy, and a
supervisor, hands in pockets. 'Twas ever thus.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Curve of Time

The Curve of Time - a boat with  bit of history. She was built in Holland in 1959, and fished commercially as a North Sea
trawler until 1984, when she was purchased by Greenpeace. She was the Moby Dick then, and an internet search of
"greenpeace moby dick" will give you a hint of the many Greenpeace campaigns she partook in.  In 1997 Moby Dick was purchased
by Due West Charters. They renamed her Curve of Time - the name comes from the title of the book by  M. Wylie Blanchet,
herself an interesting person in the history of coastal BC.

Due West converted her to a charter boat, with accommodation for 10 guests, and she is available for  research and commercial
charters. The Curve of Time has been a local boat since January of this year, tied up in the South Harbour.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Duck Lake - Another View

Another view of Duck Lake, taken the same day as Tuesday's photo.
This one taken from the bridge over Lang Creek.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Scratching An Itch

An unusual one from the archives.
Even Great Blue Herons need to scratch that itch, though they have a better scratcher.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Stuffed Shirts

Part of the seasonal display in the lower concourse of the Rec Complex.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Whale Watchers

Campbell River Whale Watching Adventures at the South Harbour. On talking to the guide it
seems there are so many Humpback Whales locally that the tours are spending some time in the area.
Here they were stopping for lunch. No whales that morning, they were looking for better luck in the PM.

That guide is a trusting soul, he left the keys in. With two 300HP Yamahas on
the back, that thing must go! Would you be tempted?

Friday, October 7, 2016

At The Creek

We should soon see Chum Salmon at Willingdon Creek. Last year this bird was there
to greet them, a very young Bald Eagle.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

End Of The Season

A few weeks back I saw this being towed down the Strait. It's a fishing lodge - the sign says
"North Island Lodge", one of the 3 lodges of the West Coast Fishing Club, and the only
one of the 3 that floats. It's based in the Queen Charlottes, off Langara Island, and
with the end of the fishing season, will over-winter in the south.