Saturday, September 23, 2017

BC Coast: Desolation Sound & Princess Louisa Inlet

The rocks, the water, the mountains, & clouds-- sublime!
We saw petroglyph. 
I wouldn't have noticed it without the help of our guide.
I bet you might have missed it too!
Pretty amazing!!
The mountains reminded me of Asian paintings with many layers of greys.

Some clouds were to die for.

I was very surprised at how few birds I saw.
Surf scooters below.
Sundry gulls only at the beginning of our outing...
A 'pet' eagle that was called out by our captain. He had chicken in the boat's freezer for this eagle. The eagle knew the boat!!
The chicken is in its talons.
Then there was a small flotilla of red-headed mergansers. I call them the woodpeckers of the water!
                                 They can be hard to see!
               One of the waterfalls was called Chatterbox Falls. 
Nearby was a sumptuous tree.

The rocks came in wonderful shapes & colors....

...& oystered & musseled...
& more rocks...


& a favorite tree....
I loved the exposed roots.
That's it for now.

reflections / snoitcelfer

That's an obscure way to title a post!!

George & I went up the coast of BC to Lund.
We took two ferries to get there. Lund is at the end/beginning of highway 101. The next day we took a boat up to Desolation Sound.
This is a favorite place for sailors. George Vancouver named it back in the 1700s. But since then people discovered that there are patches of the sound that are warm enough for pleasurable swimming.
There are thousands of islands along that inland waterway, & thousands of passages & inlets. There's even a group called the Ragged Islands. Looking at a map it seems to be a most apt name. Lots of glacial activity formed all this.
In one narrow passage I was beset with reflections. It was both magical & a bit dizzying, disorienting. For me suddenly the colors are more intense. I can't explain why. So here they are.

I think this last one is my favorite. Maybe because it's bestial!
My title is reflections spelled forwards & backwards. It's imperfect because I couldn't flip the word visually!
That's it for now.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Quicky: The Eclipse

The eclipse activated all my teacher bones!! I was quite ecstatic!

I was greatly helped by Joslyn & Rip dropping Lucy & Timmo off with me on Friday & we were then equipped with 5 solar glasses!!

Erica & Jason came over too & George dropped into the zone at the top of Wainborn Park where a loose group of mostly strangers assembled. We were not strangers for long. Some brought those ingenious boxes for camera obscura effects, some brought serious telescopic/photographic equipment, & I came armed with a colander, some salad servers from Italy, & my 5 special glasses [which I freely loaned out & only lost one].
Here Lucy on the phone with her parents after they spent 9 @#$#%& hours on the road getting from Tsawassen, BC to Olympia on the Saturday before the eclipse.

So on Monday, at 9-something, we went out into the park & started using the glasses, the colander, & beginning to notice shadows.
At first the crescents weren't as deep as this. Every small gap in the foliage produced a pin-hole-effect. I was dragging folks into the shade to see the effect. Some where protesting that the holes in the leaves weren't 'round' so it wouldn't work. Boy, were they agog!!
This first image is of the salad server & the colander.

This feathery effect below was one of my favorites.

Stuff with other people... There was all manner of experiments going on.

For me, the best shirt off the day.
Below, an image derived through powerful binoculars.

Not looking at the sun: above!
Below: Lucy & Timmo making crescents by crossing their fingers.

The woman on the right was crossing her fingers so her left-hand  pinky-poofy-shoed friend could photograph it!
I was thrilled by the fact that all the shadows were affected! Somehow everything looked like ginkgo-affected!!

That's it for now.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Capilano Watershed Tour

This was a 4 hour tour looking at the Cleveland Dam with new eyes; learning about the things floating in the south end of the reservoir; traveling to the north end of the reservoir & seeing the old sites of the early days of water diversion; & finally visiting Rogers Lake which has unique trees & nesting marbled murrelets [which we didn't see].
It was a very smokey day, so vistas were hazy.

This is a photo of the old gorge into which the dam was placed.
Right now there is upgrading work on the spillway. It was really breath-taking to hear about all the monitoring of the dam structure, the water chemistry & water levels, the management of 4 fish species which is highly complex involving transporting fish at various stages.
More amazing was that all this monitoring is going on many times a day. This is where my taxes go & it's going on while I am not informed enough to know I need it!
I did feel the gratitude of being well cared for.

This was a pool below the dam. I was surprised by how white the rocks were. They are bedrock, scoured by glaciers of the ice age.
We piled into a school bus to journey up the east side of the lake. 
Later we will go off at right angles to the east.
We were in deep forest with lots of moss in trees, dark understory. In many ways it reminded me of parts of the Vancouver Island rainforests. Looking up I could a few times glimpse mountains. We crossed power lines several times. I couldn't figure out how many 'lines' crossed the mountain.

This is the north end of the reservoir.
Nearby evidence of sluices & gates...

....& other human activities requiring equipment.

This area is where the silt was removed from the water in the early days.
Now the Capilano watershed water goes through Grouse Mountains  by tunnel to the Seymore facility that takes any turbidity called "rock flour" out of the water. This flour is the silt left over from from the glacial scouring of all the river valleys in the Lower Mainland. It shows up in the water after heavy rains & landslides. The water is also treated by ultra violet light to remove bacteria. The water then comes back to Capilano by gravity. Hydro power is gathered on the return to supply the energy needed for the uphill trip. It's a convenient loop.
A few years ago there was a big landslide in the Capilano system & we all had pretty cloudy water for a few weeks until the silt settled out. That will not happen any more since Seymore treats that water.

This is clearly a huge old pipe for water transport.
This is the staircase up to the caretaker's home at the north end of the reservoir.  They had great lawns & a laurel hedge, now faint memories.
On the far side of the photo is the edge of the concrete foundation of the caretakers' house.
Look down, look around & bingo! Archeology!

We then went up the east arm of the Capilano River to a lake, Rogers Lake, which is a back-up water source. It is sometimes used to cool off the Cap Reservoir when it gets too hot. This is to reduce bacterial growth in the water. [Who knew?] There are two other lakes up there, Cascade Lake & another.

I just loved the filtration system at the end of this lake before it drained into the east arm of the upper Capilano River.

I wished that I could have seen more of the forest. The bus structure made photography difficult.
Anyway I saw old wood everywhere! 

We saw plenty of bankings that looked like this: lateral moraine & rocks rounded by glacial tumbling.
This tour is free. I will do it again for sure because I found it so fascinating. There are tours into the Seymore facility too.

The last photo goes to Chief Joe Capilano who went to England to negotiate with the King. Capilano means beautiful river. The chief did not get what he wanted, I think.

That's all for now.