I went camping last week. I like to camp in Tranquil valley. Each Winter a ballet of Trumpeters stays in Tranquil. They are not like their city cousins who allow people to get close.Just the opposite,they never allow anyone to get close to them!

Forget about your “Punxsutawney Phil’s” and alike for predicting when Spring is going to arrive! Its all Hollywood show and just entertainment. If you really want to know when Spring is around the corner just watch when the Trumpeters leave!

Animals are far more in tune with Mother Natures cycles than we clueless humans are! With the Trumpeters gone from Tranquil Spring is close……..maybe 3 weeks away folks! (for this area)

Now………having said that,the Trumpeters near Tsapee Narrows (K-18/19) are still around. There are 8 in their ballet. I stopped to glass them and was around 1/2 mile away from them. They know me well! I have a distinctive white coloured boat. Even being 1/2 mile away they began to raise the alarm! They have a small spot of land they like. They began to waddle into the water and soon took to flight!20190310-IMG_8901

They’ll be leaving soon,I suspect this week. Next Winter I am going to put a trail camera down there to record their daily activities. I did go to this spot to collect some feathers however. They never seem to leave me any large feathers,just small  ones.




Today had too much cloud for me to go out,so I decided not to. I didn’t want to waste the day however & decided to go down to the camp site to do some work instead!
Took my tools with me & went down there. Did some work but my chainsaw needed sharpening,so I called it quits & came back. I have to pass through Tsapee Narrows on the way back,so I thought a few shots were in order just to show you why I wasn’t doing my normal routine.
The coastal cloud moved in & stayed put. I personally can’t get too excited over shots like this. There has to be a happy balance of cloud & sun. Too much of either & it turns out less than it could be.