CLASSIC DAREDEVIL

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ROMEO HAS VISITORS

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HEADING HOME

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ROMEO’S SUNSET FLIGHT

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SUNSET PADDLE

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PEGGY

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When I first saw a Sow & cub I said to myself “thats Peggy & Piglet”! After all I did find them in their favourite bay. Once I got closer I had doubts.Last time I saw Peggy she had facial mange. This bear doesn’t have any.So I started wondering if it was another bear with a cub similar to Piglet?

After I got home I was able to inspect her face closer.I do believe this to be Peggy after all! Her face does show a blotchiness to it & Piglet has the same blonde hair around her mouth.Vancouver island bears have a unique feature.They have blonde hair around their mouth.

PEGGY & PIGLET

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PIGLET’S CLOSE UP

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Piglet was curious about me tonight.She came closer to check me out. When I’m taking shots of bears I stay in my boat, close to shore.

I talked to her softly as she was leaving,so she came back a second time.A real sweetheart!

ROMEO

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HIT & RUN (FLY)

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DEADMAN ISLAND

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These two small islands are between Tofino & the native village,Opitsat. When someone passed away from the village the body was taken to these islands & placed up in the tree limbs.Not sure how long? They must of come back to get them after awhile or the island would have many bones laying around on the ground?

People who had status would be placed in a hand crafted wooden box. The wood was steamed & bent,thus making what was called “Bentwood” boxes. Because these boxes were small the poor departed soul would have to have all their limbs broken to fit into the box.Than the box was hung from the tree.

There may of been a good reason to place their dead here.If someone died of a disease they didn’t want it to spread & so placed them far away from the village on these islands.

There is a unwritten rule around here…..no whites are allowed to set foot upon either of these two islands.Romeo & Juliette had their nest in the northern island for many years! So I have studied them from afar & never walked on the island.

There is a dug out canoe (maybe 8 foot long or so?) on the southern island.It was placed there after a baby drowned very close to this spot.The mother/baby & father were travelling by boat at night without running lights.Someone else from the village was coming the other way doing the same thing.They didn’t see each other & collided.The baby was thrown into the water & did not survive.

Many years later (one month ago,July 2018) the father of that baby drowned in a local boating accident.Three people drowned in that accident.All three were lost to the ocean but his body surfaced & was found 10 days ago.The two others remain lost as of this writing.

They are now together…

THE DAREDEVIL

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I went looking for bears tonight but realized even before I left that the odds were against me.It was coming up to high tide,so my furry friends would be resting inside the coolness of the forest waiting for the next low tide.

The Daredevil was there to greet me however! He’s such a pleasure to be around…..especially when ones furry friends are MIA.

ROMEO

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Romeo was posing in front of Mountain Ash.The berries are bright red & edible.They provide a much needed source of Vitamin C during the winter time for many birds.

A TOFINO SUNSET

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SUNSET VIGIL

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I didn’t get a good shot of this Great Blue Heron at sunset. The Heron needed it to be higher so it’s body wouldn’t be absorbed by the dark background. I dodged the bottom section a tad but thats as good as it’s going to get for my fine feathered friend.

“LETS PLAY”

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I came across two Harbour Seals playing.Once they noticed me (last shot) they took off in a huge splash!

Harbour seals are not only playful but curious creatures.

THE DAREDEVIL

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“BLACKY”

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BAT BOY EATING HIS SALAD

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PEGGY & PIGLET

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I saw them walking along the rocky beach at a distance.

THE DAREDEVIL

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FIRE EAGLE

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As you can see the sunset went to the pink end of the spectrum.

FIRE SUNSET

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We are getting forest fire smoke from California. All that smoke contains trillions of very tiny ash particles. All of these particles filter the light coming into our atmosphere.Right at sunset the only wave length able to punch through all of this smoke is violet/pink.

FLIGHT

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“COME DOWN HERE & SAY THAT FEATHER DUSTER”!

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Poor Ernie was being pestered by a Gull.That Gull had better be careful because both Ernie & Ethel get take out KFC from time to time.They both eat Gulls on a regular basis & are the only ones that do.

ERNIE JUMPING

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SPREAD EAGLE

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ERNIE’S MOON

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ROMEO’S ECLIPSE

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SUN EAGLE

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JULIETTE’S MOON

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“BUDDY” THE BEAR

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A DAREDEVIL’S SUNSET

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ERNIE’S MOON

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I had trouble getting a shot of Ernie with the moon in behind.He was grooming & as a result I couldn’t see the profile of his head.

JULIETTE’S MOON

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I was pleasantly surprised to see Juliette out & about! I haven’t seen her perched anywhere in over a month! She couldn’t of picked a better time or location too!

A CLASSIC TOFINO SUMMER SUNSET

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ROMEO’S SUNSET

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TIM’S MOON

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I didn’t go searching for any bears tonight.Haven’t seen a one in two nights. It’s not only too hot for them during the day but I also suspect that there are fewer bears this year. I hear stories of bear watching boats getting skunked & that doesn’t happen too often.

So It was just me & my fine feathered friends tonight. This is Tim.He & Tam live down on Lovekin point.

FACETS OF THE DAREDEVIL

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MAGGIE GIRL

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MAGGIE GIRL SINGING

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PERFECTLY PERCHED

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AT REST & PLAY

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MOON PERCH

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THE DAREDEVIL

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MAGGIE GIRL

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A TWO FACED ROMEO

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SUNSET FLIGHT

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VENUS DANCING WITH THE CRESCENT MOON

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THE EYES HAVE IT

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