Grouse chick

Cute little ruffed grouse chick, the only one left in the brood by the looks of it

We were hiking up to a viewpoint above the basalt columns at Easter Bluffs when we came across a mother grouse and her lone chick. Grouse usually have a brood of half-a-dozen or more, so something clearly didn’t go right for this little bird. The basalt columns were impressive, if very hard to photograph, though our enjoyment was tempered by the incessant mosquitoes. I couldn’t wait to be done hiking that day!


Chatterbox Falls at the head of Princess Louisa Inlet – prepare for a soaking if you hike the trail that runs past the falls!

I don’t know when we first heard about Princess Louisa (PL) Inlet and Chatterbox Falls but it quickly found its way onto our to-see list. We took a boat trip from Egmont on the Sunshine Coast that took in all the scenery of the Jervis Inlet before drifting into PL. This photo was taken from the boat as it was just too wet to attempt a photo from near the falls themselves. They were just roaring! We got drenched just walking past! Spectacular, though I would have loved to have spent more time so we could explore the trail that winds its way up the slope for a better view of the inlet. Next time…

Tent views

Not all Instagram tent shots are fake: we really camped here, and a good spot it was too 🙂 Please think twice before posting a tent-view shot from a place where camping is either forbidden or ill-advised – I’ve chatted to folks who really didn’t know the local camping regulations and just wanted to recreate a particular photo they’d seen on Instagram. Conversely, don’t believe every camping photo you see – do your own research and learn more about Leave No Trace 🙂

A glorious morning at our camp site next to Caltha Lake, I couldn’t resist taking this photo as the sun shone through the tent with the mountain still shrouded in clouds. While we wished we had more time to spend in this area, in practice I’m glad we left when we did as the following day was extremely wet, which would have been no fun above the treeline!

Ghost plant

A fresh bunch of ghostly Indian pipe

It took a few years before I found this plant growing in the Lower Mainland – we’d found it on hikes on Sunshine Coast, on Vancouver Island, and on the Gulf Islands, so it was a nice surprise to discover a few patches on a familiar hike. It helps that I can set the camera on the ground to take the photos as the light level is always low at ground level in the forest.


Pretending to be not interested in my trail mix

After watching the sunrise and moonset I went for a little hike up to Black Mountain. At the northern summit I was joined by a raven that sat on a rock and preened itself, all the while doing its best to look like it was ignoring the fact I was scoffing a few handfuls of trail mix…


Never has there been a more appropriate photo for throwback Thursday! It’s pretty darn wet here today…

It’s Thursday again and time to look back 5 years. It’s pouring with rain here in Vancouver this morning, and coincidentally so it was back in 2011. I really like this photo, even before the cyclist rode into the frame but I have to say that their presence really makes it. Vancouver in a single photo. Even in June.

In search of glacier lilies

This is why I like glacier lilies so much – when they bloom, they absolutely cover the meadow. I wrote about this in my first piece published on The Outbound – yay!

I’ve had an article at the back of my mind for some years now that explains a bit of my obsession with glacier lilies. I hadn’t found a way to write it before now, until The Outbound Collective advertised a new story-telling feature that prompted me to sign up for an account. After that, I just started writing and before long I had emptied my head of some of the things I’ve been wanting to say about glacier lilies. A bit of editing here and there, and one click on “Publish” later, and it was done.

So here it is, In Search of Glacier Lilies.