Now that it’s getting warmer the Trumpeters will be moving on soon.The bears tag team with the Trumpeters. When the bears are going to bed in November,the Trumpeters are arriving from the north. Now that cycle is about to reverse.The swans will be leaving for the north soon & the bears will be looking for a serious cup of Java!
I’ve always considered Romeo & Juliette to be the King & Queen of Tofino’s harbour! Their nest tree is on Beck island.It use to be on Deadman island. The nest fell to the ground during a large wind storm,so they moved house.
Deadman island has a interesting history. The island is halfway between Opitsat (native village on Meares island) & Tofino. The natives would put their dead up in the tree branches on this island.They would put the body into a small wooden box.Many times the arms & legs would need to be broken to fit into this small box. The bodies were placed here because of superstitions.If their loved one died,it was thought to be because of evil spirits.Because of these evil spirits the last thing the family wanted was to have these spirits hang around.So they placed the bodies on this isolated island in the middle of the harbour.
There maybe of been a practical reason to this history? If someone died of a deadly contagious disease,keeping the body far away seems prudent!
I’ve heard the natives are very protective of this island.No whites can land on the island.I’ve never seen anyone there myself.I’m about the only one who goes near it.I sometimes walk around on the adjacent mudflats looking for a better angle.
The only living inhabitants are Romeo & Juliette!
On my way back from camping I saw this eagle perched hight on this tree.I’m not familiar with this eagle,so I knew he’d be jumping soon.
Eagles are notorious for being disturbed easily. It’s taken me years to get to know my eagle friends. We’ve come to a understanding.
The Daredevil & Delilah had not one,not two but three immatures hanging around today & the strangest thing is neither of them were complaining! I think these immatures are year olds,the third one looked older.Both of these Immatures look like they are the same age.So I’m calling them the “Twins”!
The tail feathers are not only used for steering but also to tell the eagle where the waters surface is! Last thing a eagle wants to do is go in for a dip.If they do & don’t get back out right away,they can die of hypothermia!
It’s been raining for over a month now,so i thought some shots of some other place might be in order. This is El Capitan. A huge granitic monolith in Yosemite.Well known all over the world as one of the best climbs! At night I could see the faint lights of the climbers in their tents. They bivouac on the cliffs face. Better them than me I say!
We received 253 mm of rain yesterday alone.If your American & still are using imperial,253mm comes up to 10 inches. One advantage of having lots of rain are sunset pictures. I’ve found the best beach shots need lots of rain.Low tide needs to be near sunset as well. Low tide gives lots of surface area.
All that rain bleeds out onto the beach making a beautiful mirror! Having great clouds is just icing to the cake!
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