This high pressure system is still holding,so I made the best of it & got out for another great photo shoot in the wilds of Tofino!
I heard that there was a Brown Pelican around the harbour,or was! I’ve been looking for it,but haven’t been able to find it? Wish I could of gotten a few shots of him/her! I also heard it was friendly too! It probably continued along on his migration?
I found this Heron down beside Weigh West on a piling.I always like to get my first shot of the days shoot under my belt as soon as possible.
I continued on down the Inlet to Cannery Bay for the Lions. I was surprised to find not a one on their normal rocky islet (Lion rock)! They all were on the rocky shore line near by. I say “they all”,but there just the Cali’s! All the Stellers were absent…………except one,Big Ed! He looked rather odd being around just Californian’s, but he’s big enough to do whatever he wants!
Stayed only half a hour or so & decided to go up into Gunner for bears. Gunner didn’t have anyone home,so I went around into Fortune Channel. I found “Li’l Jackie” in the same area I found her yesterday! She’s been busy since I last saw her a month ago or so! She’s gained weight! (I thought it best not to mention that to her). She was in semi good light too! Some Cirrus cloud had moved in & diffused the light considerably. I prefer bright light when shooting bears. They are already so dark that I need that extra light to show detail in their fur. I normally shoot them at ISO 400 but had to bump it up to 800 today & also lower my shutter speed down to 1/200th!
I wasn’t paying attention to the boat while I was taking shots of her,when I noticed she stopped searching for crabs & just stared at me! I put the camera down & realized the tide had drifted me right into the shores edge beside her! She wasn’t afraid but more curious as to what I was doing. I had my headphones on listening to some music & I bet she heard that & was curious as to what the heck that noise was!
I gentle took my paddle & pushed myself away from her. I didn’t want to disturb her. She just watched for a few seconds & than went on with her daily chore of finding food!
I left her & decided to search the rest of Fortunes shore line for more bears. Couldn’t find a one! I returned to Li’l Jackie after half a hour & took just a few more. Said goodnight to her & returned to town. I’ve missed 3 sunsets in a row & was determined not to miss this one!
Mother Nature however had other ideas! That Cirrus cloud had thickened & snuffed the light! I did notice a small break right at the ocean’s edge however! About the thickness of one sun!
I went to visit Romeo & Juliette & wait for it. Vargas island unfortunately blocked most of that great gold light!RATS!
Decided to see if I could head out to the Lighthouse to free my western view of both Vargas & Wickaninnish Islands. The ocean was calm enough,so I went for it! I noticed that my fuel tank by this time was getting low & the tide was going out! So If I ran out of fuel while being out there,the next stop was Japan!
I couldn’t line up the Lighthouse & sun because the sun was too far south! Also a bunch of trees on the Island obscured the Lighthouse on that angle. RATS again!
Took a few token shots while out there & headed back in before I ran out of fuel! I bet I had less than a liter by the time I beached the boat!
All in all,not a bad days shoot considering.
This is a perfect spot for the Lions to warm up at! Easy access from the ocean & the rock is sloping towards the sun! All of these are Californian’s!(except BIG ED) The Steller’s seem to of gone else where at the moment?
I bet Big Ed is over a ton!
This is always a bitter sweet time for me! When I see the boys arriving (Sea Lions & only the males) for their winter stay,I know my bear friends are about to leave & go have a nap! One comes,one leaves! It’s as if they are tag teaming?
They have arrived several weeks early! I wonder if that means their numbers are going to be greater than last winters? Only a few hundred hung around last year & they didn’t even stay that long really! It all depends on the fish around? If there’s lots of food,they’ll stay!
The weather broke today,so I headed out. I figured I’d go down to Cannery Bay to check & see if the Lions had arrived yet? I was pleasantly surprised to find that they not only had arrived but were in good numbers! Spent about half a hour saying hi to the boys & than went over to Rankin Rocks to see what was happening?
No birds to speak of but the Harbour Seals were hauled out as per normal.
Took a few & continued along on my merry way to Gunner Inlet for bears. Found one & he seemed to not mind me hanging around. Said good bye & took off to go around the corner into Fortune Channel to see if I could find anymore? Only found one & the light on both of them was poor btw.
There were these micro rain storms hanging about & I got caught in one while I was up in fortune. Just grinned & beared it. Got the shivers too!
Headed back for sunset but once again all I could do was watch this fantastic sunset go to waste!! By the time I got back into the harbour,the sunset was history!
Took one anyways when the sunset was great just to show you what I missed.
Went to Deadman Island to visit with bot Romeo/Juliette & they were both home! Romeo as per normal was the only one to come visit me! Took a few shots of him with the moon & that was all she wrote for the night folks!
Had a great day!
As Dorthy said “Lions Tigers & Bears,OH MY”! I did see some Lions & Bears but I guess the Tigers were hiding!
Another great day in paradise!
Hard to see in this pano,but they are on that rock to the right.
I know what it “looks” like………….but it’s not! This bear was simply chewing on a crab & it only “looks” like it was angry at me!
She ducked under a tree limb that had some Ell Grass on it & picked up a strand! I couldn’t help but think that she was trying to be fashionable for my visit!
I shot this as I was moving fast to get into the harbour! I wanted to take advantage of it,but alas……I arrived late for the party!
The light was all but gone by the time I came across this lonely Heron hunting for dinner in the shallows!
The weather has been poor to terrible lately & as a result explains why I haven’t been able to get out! The clouds broke later today & I made a dash to get out! There was still enough cloud to confound me! I got out later than what I would of liked, so was forced to stay around the harbour.
I went over to visit Romeo & Juliette on Deadman Island but neither of them were home! Rats! I left & came back 20 minutes later & saw Juliette flying back to the island from the west. Romeo was still MIA & Juliette was in no mood for company. She’s always been a bit stand offish with me. She kept her back to me & all I could do was shoot her with the moon in behind! I said “thanks alot” & left to find anything else? Came across some Oystercatchers on one of the rocks in the harbour. They always come around during the stormy season. I can get fairly close in my boat but if I was on land I’d never be able to get within 100 meters!
I only stayed out a hour or so but still had a great time! Beggars can’t be choosey!
I shot this right in front of Deadman Island. Juliette just watched over her shoulder & couldn’t be bothered with me. I wish Romeo was around! I could of used him in this shot. I took it anyways just to show what I could of gotten!
The weather broke today & I didn’t need to be asked twice!
The tide was high,so I headed down to Tranquil Creek. You can only get inside the creek if it’s a high tide. I knew there would be a good chance that the salmon would be gone & the run finished for the year……………….& that’s exactly what I found!
I only saw two fish moving about in the fast flowing stream! I tied the boat up & took my chest waders me. Came across two bears as well! The first one didn’t see me,but I could tell it was injured! Most likely from a recent fight. Coming into the winter season,this bear could die from a wound like that?
It saw the second bear & retreated into the forest. The second bear saw me & looked like it was trying to hide behind a spindly bush! It was kind of funny to see this large bear thinking it was able to hide from me!
I returned to where I had tied up the boat. The tide had dropped & grounded me. I took the motor off & put the wheels down. The boat is designed to be very mobile!
Once I got the boat back into the stream,I decided to just drift. I realized that this was going to be the last trip into Tranquil for 10 months or so! It was kind of sad to think that actually! I’ve been coming up into Tranquil for 2 1/2 months now. I saw the entire spawning season from start to finish!
Thousands upon thousands of salmon had entered into the system to spawn & die. I saw many dead salmon littering the bottom of the stream & estuary! Many bears,birds feasted upon the salmon!
Another cycle has come & gone.
I headed out of the system & started my trip back to Tofino. It’s a long trip for me! It takes about a hour to get down to Tranquil!
On the way back I saw some Harbour Seals hanging out on Rankin Rocks. Found hundreds of Dunlin’s as well on Rankin!
Ran into a friend of mine on the way back with motor troubles. Started towing him back,but he managed to get it started anyways. Said goodnight to them both & headed to Deadman Island for a visit with my favorite eagle friend,Romeo!
He greeted me well & was receptive,but because of me stopping to help out my friend with his boat,It delayed me & I missed the sunset! I did get a bit of it,but the sunset’s peak had come & gone!
Didn’t find any salmon today & missed the sunset,but I still had a much better day than 99.99% of the Earth’s population I bet!!
The Cormorants are back for the winter & have started to hang around on their favorite haunts.