Jumbo Gym

The Jumbo Gym (Gymnopilus ventricosus) mushroom is a common west coast fungi found in many coastal forests and woodlands. Also known as the ‘big laughing mushroom’ it is commonly found growing, often in clusters, on […]


Camel Bear

This large female grizzly bear, seen here tucked in behind some dying and decaying ‘Queen Anne’s Lace’, is showing us her fine profile and pre-hibernation size and shape. Unlike camels, whose humps store water for […]


Great Shearwater

Eight years ago this month I reported on my first ever sighting of a ‘Sooty Shearwater’ and this past summer I managed to chalk up another ‘first’ shearwater, this time the Great Shearwater (Ardenna gravis). […]


Water Smartweed

The name of this attractive looking plant doesn’t sound too exciting or attracting – Water Smartweed (Persicaria amphibia), but it did look pretty impressive sitting alone out on a small pond beside Vaseux Lake in […]


A Brown Wolf?

Actually, this is a young coastal grey wolf from British Columbia, but despite their name, seeing tinges of brown, white and black running through their coats is not uncommon. It is thought that wolves with […]


Northern Flicker 2

Here’s a recent shot of a Northern Flicker and although I’ve featured them here before, previous posts have featured the ‘Western’ variant where as this shot is from the East coast of Canada. It is […]


It’s Been A Whale Of A Season

I’ve managed to spend quite a bit of time working out on the water this summer and I have been fortunate to see a lot of whale activity amongst other things. Now it’s not that […]


Friday Flashback – Going For Lunch

Today’s Friday Flashback is from 28th October 2016 and is entitled ‘Going For Lunch’. The last flashback for a while – my thanks once again for the comments and support. As well as giving a […]


Reflection Treat

Here we see a female grizzly bear slowly wading up stream searching for salmon. As you can see she’s had a fair bit of luck already in that department and she was destined for more […]


Friday Flashback – Just A Seagull!

Today’s Friday Flashback is from 5th December 2016 and is entitled ‘Just A Seagull’. A funny little albatross story that still makes me chuckle every time I remind myself of it and an encounter I […]


Blue Jays

No, not the rounders team from Toronto, but the real McCoy corvids that inhabit Canada East of the Rockies and the Eastern United States. These strikingly colourful, talkative birds have certainly intrigued and entertained me […]


Friday Flashback – Yearning For Salmon

Today’s Friday Flashback is from 25th November 2016 and is entitled ‘Yearning For Salmon’. A typical September scene from the BC coast – a bear searching along a river for salmon, alive or dead! Original […]