Standing at a dock on Quadra Island on an autumn day. Even with the clouds and light rain, the view is captivating
The MV Songhee is moored aside the Centennial Pier in Port Alberni. In it present life, the MV Songhee lives as the Swept Away Inn.
The MV Songhee was launched in 1944 as the US Army Harbour Tug TP-123. It has also served as a fishing lodge in the Queen Charlotte Islands. The vessel is wood construction and is about 30 metres long.
Walking on Harbour Quay in Port Alberni, I came across this carving of a little known gentleman, Sir Eustace Hornswoggle.
In the 1850s, Captain Hornswoggle owned a fleet of Tea Clippers. He was knighted by the monarch of the day, in recognition of delivering vast amounts of tea to the Royal household, on time, and at a very favourable price. The price was mainly favourable to Sir Eustace.
Sir Eustace has a nephew, Pete the Pirate. Pete, with his parrot Pat, can be found at the Maritime Discovery Museum in Port Alberni.
This October we had rain on 28 of the 31 days. The skies were cloudy most of the month, but this did not detract from the spectacular autumn colours. The mist brings its own special magic to the surroundings.
Walking around the Nanaimo Harbour is a pleasant way to spend an autumn afternoon. The music of the buskers is delightful company. This gentlemen was very accomplished on his instrument.
While not on Vancouver Island, Skookumchuk Falls is near by on the Sechelt Peninsula. I hiked up to see the falls, but timed it badly as the tide was high, just starting to reverse, and the falls were not visible. My luck was constant as the bakery was closed and I wasn’t able to get coffee and pastry at the end of the hike.
“Skookumchuck” is a Chinook name meaning turbulent water or rapid torrent.
At Skookumchuck Falls one can experience the awesome power of an incredibly turbulent tidal rapid. On a 3 metre tide, 200 billion gallons of water flow through the narrows connecting Sechelt and Jervis Inlet. The difference in water levels between one side of the rapids and the other sometimes exceeds 2 metres in height. Current speeds can exceed 30km/hr. The rapids are famous for their spectacular whirlpools and whitewater.
I was getting a wary eye from this eagle. He was concerned that I might take his dinner from him.
For those of you that have never seen a bald eagle, here is a picture of one … or a dozen …
In the spring, naturalists presume that eagles will gather together in search of a mate. Whether it is the mating, or that the herring are starting to run in the ocean, this grouping of bald eagles was spotted sitting in a tree. There were more than you see here coming and going.
A foggy January day at French Creek Harbour. The fishing season is over and all of the boats tied up until next spring..
The Orca Whale can be found around Vancouver Island. There are both resident pods and migratory pods of whales
Tribute to the Orca can be found in carvings, paintings and statues throughout the region. This statue is located in Nanaimo’s Mafeo Sutton Park.