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An Enduring Gift

Perhaps as a result of the cool, cloudy spring we experienced, our foxgloves have reached for the sky this year - some are well over seven feet tall! Every very time I look out the bathroom window,...

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Regaining our Sea Legs

We've cast off the lines, heading north to cruise the BC coast - and there's a whole lot we need to think about.

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Blue on Blue

For most of the year I'm surrounded by greens and browns, but in the summer, blue takes over.

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Mudflat Riches

While it might just look like sand to us, low tide provides a veritable banquet for hungry sandpipers. I love watching these tiny birds as they rush about the beach.

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Cameleon Skies

Sometimes, after weighing your options and finding that none of them are perfect, you just have to seize the moment and “go for it” – that is, if you’re to have any hope of reaching your day’s goal....

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A Meeting of Paddlers

Sometimes I think we humans can be every bit as interesting to wildlife as they are to us. Propelled by the powerful strokes of their broad feet, these Canada Geese paddled over to have a close look...

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Sunflowers of the Sea

Looking down from our kayaks as we drift along in the shallows, we almost always see plenty of interesting sea life. Even the “common” critters can be pretty amazing – like the Sunflower Star, for...

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Fogust: Love It or Loathe It

Along parts of the British Columbia coast, boaters refer to August as “Fogust”, for good reason. As warm, moist air moves over the colder sea surface, fog forms overnight, and often doesn’t dissipate...

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Blunden Harbour: So Little Remains

Blunden Harbour forms a welcome haven on a long stretch of open, exposed coastline on the east side of Queen Charlotte Strait. Inside are extensive intertidal mudflats along with a huge tidal lagoon, a...

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Exploring Alison: Beyond Superlatives

What can one say about a place too beautiful for words? Cruising up Alison Sound, we ran out of synonyms for “wow”, “ooh” and “ah”. Eleven miles and hundreds of photos later, we anchored off the...

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Gull on the Menu

In an unusual kayaking experience this summer, we saw first-hand just how “red in tooth and claw” Mother Nature can be. We were watching a bald eagle being pursued by seagulls – a common sight on the...

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The Walls Tell a Story: Alison Sound’s Pictographs

Were they a form of news reporting? A historical record? Public art for creativity’s sake? What stories are behind the fading images found along the sheer granite walls of Alison Sound and Belize...

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Coastal Ballet: Barnacles at Work

I’ve cut my feet on them way too many times, and every spring we have to scrape them off the hull of our boat. Still, I can’t help but appreciate barnacles: they’re at the same time wonderfully simple...

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Hangin’ Out with Momma Griz

If I hadn’t seen it at close hand, I’d find it hard to believe that a huge and powerful animal like this mother grizzly bear could live on…wait for it…grass! For three consecutive days this summer we...

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A Mouth-Watering Affair

From the smooth juiciness of the Yellow Brandywines to the smoky tang of the Black Cherries, it’s been a fabulous year for tomatoes. All 10 of the varieties we grew this summer have been prolific and...

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Still Unfolding

With the days getting noticeably shorter and our cool, wet season closing in, it’s lovely to still find some flowers in the garden. There’s something extra special about having a bouquet of homegrown...

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Big Leaves, Big Light

The days are getting shorter and our weather is alternating between “rain” and “showers”. The ground is sodden, the clocks are going back an hour, and we’ve entered that dark time of year. But every...

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Seeing the Forest Again

After having to spend a couple of weeks peeling back layer after layer of tiny details, I'm finally feeling able to step back a bit and see the larger view – and that’s a very good feeling!

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Pretty Boy, Well and Truly Launched

Meet Pretty Boy, one of our “resident” family of black-tailed deer. He’s aptly named, isn’t he? He and his twin brother first appeared outside our kitchen window in 2009. Since then we’ve watched him...

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Can Wrinkles Make the Gal?

I’m rapidly approaching a “significant” birthday, which – no surprise – has me thinking a lot lately about the whole issue of aging. The 16th century pamphleteer and dramatist, Thomas Nashe, said that...

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