20141214-IMG_279420141214-IMG_2798I can’t say I’ve ever heard of this tug,but I strongly suspect the captain knew who I was & what I was doing! He came out of the helm & poised for me! I don’t get that that often,but hey………….thanks!
It looked like he was towing “Chunder”? Chunder is dead fish from the fish farms. I think he was going down to Barryman point to unload? By doing it way down there,they avoid bringing it into town. Chunder has such a strong smell to it!!


20131029-IMG_027120131029-IMG_0272This fuel truck is coming back from “Mainstreams” fish farms. I bet it was diesel. You can be 100% assured that both tanks had only vapours in them!
They never bring back fuel!

Went down to Tranquil today. Once again It was low tide & that made it hard for me to get into the system!
After half a hour,I managed to get into the lower section & I tied the boat up. I walked in my chest waders upstream with my equipment. There were 4 bears right in my path,but they all scooted when I got too close for comfort! They are so scared of me! (thank God) I carry Bear spray,air horn & a good sharp knife!
I found all the salmon in their usual spot. When It’s low tide they retreat to this one deeper section.
When the tide moves in,they go further upstream. Only dumb (soon to be dead) salmon move upstream at low tide. The bears hang around these shallow spots & when a salmon try’s to make a run over top,they are spotted,grabbed & invited to dinner!
So the smart ones retreat into the deeper sections awaiting the next high tide. Their genes will be passed on while the “Darwin” award volunteers won’t be!
I did about 8 runs with my drift rig today. At one point there were 6 bears surrounding me & I can assure you that they were more afraid of me more than I was of them. They all had very full tummy’s & were feeling very happy! None of them were looking for a fight!
I finished doing my drift runs & began to walk back through the river. Normally I walk along the forest edge,but I saw two bears trying to make out down stream & wanted to get closer!
Got some great shots but the light was poor! The river only gets sunlight for about a hour & a half. Tall trees on either side limits the light.
My frisky friends finished their business & I walked further downstream. I had 4 bears between me & my boat. Once I came out of the river & they saw me,they all ran away!
Got to my boat & headed out of Tranquil. The light had been snuffed by some clouds but as I was heading towards Tsapee Narrows,the light came screaming in through a thin slit! I looked behind me & Tranquil valley was lite up beautifully! I had to do a pano!
Arrived at Tsapee & the sun was just about gone! I knew there was no way I had time to make it to the harbour for sunset with Romeo & Juliette!
So I stayed at Tsapee with the Daredevil. Took a few of my finely feathered friend & carried on for the harbour.
By the time I got there,the light was completely gone,so I didn’t go pay a visit to Romeo & Juliette! I could feel Romeo watching me! I knew he saw me,but with no light,no pictures! Hope he didn’t mind?
Today was a great day! Full of adventure & challenges! The romancing bears were a highlight for me!


20130729-IMG_227220130729-IMG_2275The tide & fog were once again battling me! I technically did see a bear,but it was in the darkness. So no bears tonight folks.
When I came back in,I knew to expect fog everywhere! I stopped at Tsapee Narrows to shoot a few of the Daredevil with the fog in behind. (Silhouette’s of course)
Not much to write home about tonight folks?


I saw this barge heading out when I was in town earlier. Those white tanks “use” to contain smolts. They were dumped already at Creative Salmon’s fish farm,McCall’s. The Chinook smolts would only be 7 or 8 grams.
A large hose is attached to the bottom of each tank & a valve is opened to release them into a pen. They will be feed what is called “Crumble”. Which is simply small feed pellets. They will grow to their full size in about 18 months or so & than harvested for market.


Not sure what these boys were doing down Tofino Inlet?
This is “Mainstreams” barge. The tug is contracted & not owned by Mainstream. Mainstream does not have any farms down Tofino Inlet.
Only “Creative Salmon” has farms down there.
Looks like they had several large fuel containers on board.I bet they were coming from Rankin Cove? A logging company (Coulson) is in the process of moving their operations out of there & maybe these large green containers are from there?


The Sechelt Ranger was coming back into town with a barge full of fuel trucks!
I can guarantee you those trucks only had fumes in them!They would of pumped all their fuel out at the logging camp tanks.
Looks like acouple of the loggers were also getting their trucks brought back out as well.
You can see the captain of the Sechelt Ranger waving in the last shot.( Mr. Gordon Botting)
UPDATE: I found out that the Fuel trucks filled the tanks at Hot Spring Cove.

Smolt Run

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This Transport truck “was” full of small salmon. They were transported to the Fish Farm by this Tug and Barge. They were coming back into the harbour, which tells me instantly that they must of been empty!
Not only do I know that,but also that this truck must of been for one of Creative Salmon’s Fish Farms! Mainstream uses a very slick looking system!
The Smolts are grown in Hatchery’s (maybe Great Central Lake?) and than loaded up into those white round tubs and driven up here.They constantly are pumping oxygen into the tanks so that the fish can breath. The “DO” or Dissolved Oxygen has to be kept within certain tolerances while they are in transport. The last thing you want to do is stress the fish anymore than they are!
I use to go on a few of these runs and they are more work than meets the eye!

I got out tonight as you can see and came across Osprey,Bears,Eagles and Harbour Seals hauled out!
It was a good night’s shoot!
Enjoy these shots folks because I will not be uploading any shots until Tuesday night! I am flying into Megin Lake tomorrow and camping!
I will be taking many shots but just will not be close to my computer for uploading!
So you all can have a break.
Enjoy folks

Tug and Barge

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I’m guessing on this one? I think this Tug is pulling a barge with fish farm nets on it. Thats what the crane is for.
They are going to change the nets out. The nets are very large and heavy because of sea growth It accumalates over time. The nets get “fouled” and they need to be changed all the time. They foul quicker in the summer because of the warmer surface water.
Those brown rolls on the deck of the barge are the new nets and I bet the crane will be coming back in with dirty nets tomorrow? They wash them clean and reroll them. They than are taken out and changed again.
The nests always need to be changed. If they were not changed ,they would grow heavier and heavier with many tons of growth until it would be so heavy that the material would break and the entire net would fall to the floor!

Mainstreams Smolt Barge

This barge is carrying two semi-trailers that have many tanks filled with small Atlantic Salmon.
The tanks are empty right now because they are coming back into the harbour. They take these trailers out to the farms and dump the tanks of Fry into smolt pens. The open water fish pens have a small mesh net. As the fish grow larger,the mesh size increases as well!

The weather is holding,so I went out again today. I went up Tofino Inlet to Cannery Bay again. I like being around the Californian Sea Lions! They are entertaining to say the least!
You can see “Lone Cone ” in the background. It’s on Meares Island.

Heading Out

This tug is owned by Mainstream (Fish Farm)and is called The “”Come Along”. They are heading around Meares Island and will go up Fortune Channel to one of their farms.
It is unusual for them to haul a empty barge however. Not sure whats going on there? The tank on the back is for diesel and they fill up the fuel tanks on each farm,but they usually take fish feed out or nets or at least something…….not a empty barge!
I shot this and the one below, this morning from land.

Atleo Air And The Full Moon

This is the plane that went down. I found that I had shot this last December 2nd. I’m going to leave it here,I want to think of it in this way.
I think it shows a beautiful moment.
(and no,this is not photo shopped)
It’s a cropped shot . I shot this early December 2nd. The moon was setting as the sun was rising. The moon set at 8:39 am that day. There was some thin clouds obscuring the moon’s face as well.
He happened to be taking off when I was out and I did a series of shots.
He was about 1 mile away when I shot this with my big lens. It compresses the foreground and background.Thats why the moon looks so large.


This is the harbour at sunrise when the moon was setting. I like to get out(when there’s no clouds) when the moon is just right to shoot! The moon can only be shot at certain times. The exposure of the moon is in a constant state of change,until it hits the blackness of night and than reverses the cycle when it sets in the west.
That is what is happening here.
The white boat in the background is the “Vargas Island”.