A SUNNY DAY IN THE HOOD

The Fall storms have started! If you’re a big storm watcher…..get your butt over here and you better bring your Tofino Tuxedo!

We have biblical rain at the moment with no end in sight! So if we submerge at least you’ll know where I’ll be floating!

Imagine that all of this is caused by the sun! The sun heats our atmosphere up creating huge wind storms!

All light is composed of little bundles of energy called “Photons”. Our orbit is roughly about 93 million miles from the sun. It takes a single photon about 500 seconds to get from the sun to earth. That photon hits your cheek and so you feel the warmth of that energy! That energy heats up the earth’s atmosphere which causes movement! That movement is transferred into the ocean. The ocean is in motion!

Question?…….If it takes 500 seconds for light to get to Earth, how long do you think it takes for that photon to get from where it was created (centre of the sun) to the sun’s surface?

Now,that’s a bit of a trick question,because I haven’t read anywhere two single sources agreeing on the amount of time? So the answer is somewhere between 5000 and 100,000 years!

Incredible to ponder to be honest! Imagine the next time your out in the sun and you feel the warmth of the sun. That energy was created long before everything in human history had happened and than some!

Also, consider this……….when that particle leaves the sun’s surface it has to go through the corona (the sun’s atmosphere) which for some strange reason is much hotter than the surface?

One day (maybe 5 billion years?) the sun’s fuel will begin to run out and the sun will begin to expand! It will expand so large that it will consume all of the planets!

I’d call that a bad day in the hood.

BEARS SHOT

https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/11-bears-killed-in-tofino-ucluelet-after-breaking-into-structures-to-find-garbage-1.5642113

Many of you will remember me talking about how the last few years the salmon runs have been poor. It now appears to have gotten “real”!

It was reported on the news last night (Provincially) that 12 bears have been shot in the Tofino and Ucluelet areas! The link says 11 but you can add another one to that total!

Nobody spends more time with Bears than me.This is what I suspect is going on…………Bears need to store up on fat reserves before they den. If a bear does not get enough “fat” built up,they can die during denning?

Because the streams have been bad for the last three years in a row,”I suspect” they have started looking elsewhere? Which means some of them have migrated into our small towns in search of food. Human food has a high fat content!

Conservation Officers have never seen such a high number of bears coming into both towns before? Twelve of them had to be shot as a result!

So because humans have raped the oceans by overfishing,one of the side effects of poor salmon runs is that bears are being shot dead!

We take their food,…….they go looking for other food …….and we greet them with a 12 gauge.

My furry friends do not understand what is going on? All they want to do is get something to eat before they go to bed. This makes me profoundly sad to report this.

SPIDER-BEAR

SPIDER-BEAR

SPIDER-BEAR

DOES WHATEVER A SPIDER-BEAR CAN

CATCHES FISH JUST LIKE FLIES

LOOK OUT

HERE COMES THE SPIDER-BEAR

Apologizes to Bob Harris and Paul Webster who wrote the Spiderman song.

With Halloween coming I thought this video might be of interest! Actually both Linda and Babsje suggested I use it for Halloween.

We set one night aside each year where we try to scare ourselves silly. Of course it’s all in fun and there is no danger actually lurking. However, the salmon who escaped this bears clutches would beg to differ! The thing I love about this video is that I did nothing to set this up. I didn’t put that web there or tell this bear to come along at just the right moment! Because the sun had set,It was dark enough for the bear to trigger the Infra- red lights to come on!

Trust me, If you had been here when this was going on you’d be truly scared!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

FLOATPLANE ACCIDENT

There was a Floatplane accident this afternoon. It involved a Floatplane (Beaver) from Tofino Air. It appears the plane was coming in for a landing when It was struck by a boat! This is the first time I have ever heard of anything like this happening and I’ve been flying on floatplanes now for 40 years!

My sister in law came all the way out from Ontario to visit me. She had her sister and friends with her. They were the ones on board when this happened. Nobody was hurt but they did submerge and get hypothermic. She lost all her electronics as well.

I took video and stills of the plane being loaded onto a barge. Now the investigation begins to find out why this happened?

NAME GAME

I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to submit a name for Romeo and Juliette’s newest family member first of all! So many of you sent in your suggestions and I certainly appreciate the great effort!

Some were very creative names as well! I was originally thinking along the lines of keeping the name Shakespearian. I threw out a few names myself and a good friend reminded me that one of them I had already used years ago………..Horatio.

So I rejected that and decided to stay out of the arena to be unbiased.

I’d like to list all of the great suggestions first of all………..

Geri Peterson “Toupee”

Pure Glory “Ace”

Audrey Driscoll “Julius,Hamlet or Merlin”

Emma Cownie “Tybalt”

Chris “Dawkins”

Beth “Benvolio”

Noelle “Orlando”

Terri Webster “Escalus”

Freiedenkin “Macchiavelli”

Jacquie Biggar “Jasper”

Babsje “Max”

Greg “Falstaff”

Linda Schaub “Bandit”

Hedy “Swooper”

Michael “Frank Walter”

Cathy “Mercutio or Tybalt”

So we have 19 names to choose from. I narrowed it down to three names,Ace,Max and Bandit.

I liked Max but remembered I’ve named a few bears Max and want this name to be a new one. I liked Bandit because that’s exactly the way he was behaving,but I wouldn’t want him to regret his youthful indulgence when he’s older. So I think “ACE” is the winner in my books. I like the simplicity of a single syllable and I have never used that name before……………I think?

So, because you all chose such great names, I have decided to send you all a picture of Ace and thank you for participating in the very first Name Game!

I envision the next Name Game being for a Bear cub!

Thank you to everyone who sent in a name!

THE DAREDEVIL

This is the molting season for eagles,actually most birds as it’s the hottest. Check out his tail feathers?

I noticed on the Satellite feed smoke moving up from Washington State forest fires. I knew the sunset would be great,so I headed out for a sunset shoot. Couldn’t find anybody around except my Eagle friends. Heat makes all animals lazy……including humans!