EAGLE ROCK

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MAGGIE GIRL STRUTTING HER STUFF

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HEADING RIGHT……COMING LEFT

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BEAUTIFUL MAGGIE GIRL!

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SUNSET DIP

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ERNIE WATCHING

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I went out today knowing that a Frontal system was moving in & it could snuff the sunset light? Well,……I was right,but still had fun!

Went up into Mosquito harbour to have a look around.Didn’t see anyone walking about.Never know If a Wolf or Cougar might go for a beach walk? (Sasquatch?)

Because the clouds snuffed the good light I was forced to shoot silhouettes.Having Juliette come over to join Romeo always makes me smile!

Looks like rain tomorrow.

THE DAREDEVIL’S SUNSET

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JULIETTE JOINING HER ROMEO

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A LOVERS SUNSET

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GUNNER INLET

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MISTY PERCH

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THE DAREDEVIL

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SLAMMING THE BRAKES ON!

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MAGGIE GIRL

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“MOVE OVER HONEY”

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JULIETTE FEELS COLD

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Notice how Juliette is sitting closer to the ground.She must of been feeling cold.

JULIETTE BEGINS TO SING & ROMEO JOINS IN

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JULIETTE FLUFFING UP

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LANDING

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THE ROYAL COUPLE

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JULIETTE

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ROMEO TAKES THE LEAD

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ROMEO & JULIETTE’S SUNSET

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ORIGINAL ROAD BETWEEN UCLUELET & TOFINO

Back when Tofino & Ucluelet were first settled,the only way to get from one place to the other was by boat. They found this route impossible during the stormy winter months,so a rudimentary  road was constructed between the two small towns.

It consisted basically of three portions,headland (corduroy rd),beaches & inland water way.

This is what someone coming from Ucluelet would had to of done to get to Tofino.

Get in their boat & row down the Ucluelet harbour (northward) to the end,walk across the headland (2 km) to Florencia bay (the wetter areas of this road were lined with Cedar logs making it into a Corduroy rd),walk northward along Florencia bay to the north end & climb the escarpment to another headland road connecting over to Wickaninnish/Longbeach beach. Walk northward to were the parking lot is for Longbeach. Turn east & go across the final land portion.

Basically the spot where the forest road starts is across the hwy from the parking lot.The spot to enter the forest off of the hwy is difficult to find. (about halfway between the airport road & the yellow gate) The original road is still there.It has ditches on either side & can still be walked upon.Lots of windfall of course. It ends at the Grice bay flats. There is a meandering drainage arm going into Grice bay from this point. They built a boat house here. I suspect a soul could also take refuge in this shed &  wait for high tide. At high tide,the narrow channel would fill & one could continue their journey by rowing out to Grice bay.With the tide heading out,they would row with the tide out of Grice & down Browning pass to Tofino.

I’ve seen pictures of Model T cars using the forest sections of this muddy road.Woman in their Sunday best standing in mud trying to push out a stuck vehicle! How they got the cars down to the beach would of been interesting as the escarpment is 150 feet high!

These shots show the very beginning of the water route from Grice bay to Tofino.The channel in spots is less than 6 feet wide.You wouldn’t want to be late rowing out as Grice is a very shallow bay & goes dry at low tide.

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There also were homesteaders down in the Grice bay flats.They had cattle & kept them corralled with a cedar fence. You can still see the poles.

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As you can see,the grasses inside this fenced off area would of been covered by the ocean. This salty grass couldn’t of made the meat taste appealing? The milk would of tasted off too I suspect?

People using this water road portion would of rowed right by this spot.Not sure when the settlers moved in or moved out?

So,in conclusion using this rough west coast road would of been only for the strong of heart!

MAGGIE GIRL

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TRUMPETER FEATHERS

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FLOCKING OFF

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COMING & GOING

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Looks like not all the Trumpeters have left yet.I found 2 dozen down at the end of Grice bay.

MAGGIE COMES OVER

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Pardon the pun,but when I’m around Maggie,she watches me like a Hawk. I called her over & she responded immediately! She’s such a joy!

MAGGIE WATCHING

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HERON MATING SEASON

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MR.& MRS.OYSTERCATCHER

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ROMEO POSING FOR VALENTINES

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ROMEO & JULIETTE

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VALENTINES FLY BY

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Romeo watched Juliette do a fly by.They’ve been sticking close together.

SUNSET STORM

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If you assume 81 years as being the average life expectance (Canada) & obviously with there being 365 days in each year (ignoring leap years of course because we’re just doing a rough calculation here)…than that means each person would of lived 29,565 days.

The reason I bring this up is because I’ve realized something about light.If you could photograph the same object each day for 29,565 days you would notice that each photograph,each days light, is unique & always different. True,some days might look the same but I think there would still be differences.

I’ve photographed this exact angle thousands of times.You can click onto the “Lennard Island Lighthouse” category & find hundreds of shots taken from this spot. You’ll find each one different even though the subject is the same.Because of the clouds,the light,the waves etc,each shot is different. Like a finger print,each days light is unique.

SUNSET WINDOW

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There was a cloud bank blocking the sunset to the west. However, I could see a narrow slit along the very bottom of this bank.I knew the sun would explode through this gap sooner or later. All I had to to was hang around.It’s at moments like this that I talk to either Romeo or Juliette.So I went over to visit with Romeo/Juliette & waited for the show to start.

Many times I just shut the engine off & wait for the light.As long as I can see that it will shine forth,I don’t mind waiting.Gives me a chance to observe whats going on around me.It’s all because of the cloud formation.I look at the live Satellite feed before going out every time.Understanding the cloud stream is critical for my photography!

The sun did come through as I suspected & painted the landscape in a most surreal light! The clouds acted like a huge roof & the sun was coming through at the very bottom of this cloud bank.Think of venation blinds with one or two slats at the bottom taken out. Thats basically what was happening here.

The best light is horizontal & the worst is vertical.Basically,sunrise/sunset good,noon bad.

I love these moments! They only last a few minutes at best,so I’m always mindful to hurry & get the best seat for the show!

A FROSTY “ERNIE”

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I’ve noticed that whenever I take pictures of “Ernie”………he knows! When I point my lens  towards him,he always knows & stares back.I’m about 750 meters away (2500 feet). I defiantly get the feeling that he can feel me watching!

THE DAREDEVIL

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A DAREDEVIL’S MOON

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“MAGGIE’S” FROSTY PERCH

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“MAGGIE” THE HOTDOG!

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Maggie went over my boat today very close! This was shot at 28mm(wide angle). She went by at Mach speed! I’m surprised I actually got it.I could feel the air blast of her going past.She does like to surprise me from time to time!

“MAGGIE” ON A WALK ABOUT

MAGGIE GIRL

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A VERY BLUE,BUT CHILLY HERON

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GOING……..GOING……..GONE

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MARBLED MURRELET

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Today is “Groundhog Day”.We make Groundhog Day into such a elaborate festival. We  bother some poor old groundhog who only wants to crawl away somewhere quiet.I’ve even heard of a few expressing their gratitude by biting a few fingers & ears.

Forget about Groundhogs, if your really wanting to know how much Winter is left on the ticket,the animal you want are Trumpeter Swans!

They hang around here in quiet bays all Winter.Than they all seem to get a signal from somewhere & all take off around the same time.

I went out today with the intention of trying to find them? I noticed a few days before that I hadn’t seen the Swans in their usual spots? Well,it appears that they’ve all flown the coup!  That can mean only one thing …………WInter is on it’s way out!

The Swans can instinctively feel things that we humans cannot perceive.Actually…….when I think about it,we’re just about the only animal I know of that cannot feel the season changes.Sure,we can see the leafs changing & feel the cold setting in,but we cannot feel these things in advance.

So,forget about “Puxatony Phil’s” prediction about another 6 weeks…….the Tofino Trumpeter Swans all say that Winter will soon be over!

UPDATE: Mother Nature has thrown a wrench into the works……….It’s snowing in Tofino this morning!

PERFECT FORM

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MAGGIE SNACKING

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MAGGIE GIRL

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