Island Nature


Classic cars in downtown Courtenay this weekend - got out early to get the morning light and beat the crowds. Love the simple lines, chrome, and shape of these old cars. They don’t make them like they used to.

Photographed with a Fuji X100s, more images at

Cassin’s Casualties

Cassin’s Casualties

I usually find interesting things washed up at the high tide line along Wickaninnish Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve—fresh bull kelp is common, as are various types of shellfish and moulted dungeous crab shells. Sometimes the odd sand lance silvers in the sand, and once I found a dead seal. Birds are much more rare.A couple of years ago I came upon a tufted puffin beak washed up in the…

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Serene Schooner Cove Sunset

Serene Schooner Cove Sunset

Sun Setting at Schooner Cove

Looking west at the setting sun at Schooner Cove in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Yellow Sand-verbena (Abronia latifolia) in the foreground amongst the drift logs.

Schooner Cove in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is one of my favourite places on the west coast of Vancouver Island to visit. It takes a little longer to get to(about 30 to 45 minutes depending on which parking area you choose…

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Sand-verbena Moth Surprise

It has been too long since I’ve checked out the plants in the spectacular dunes at Goose Spit. A number of specialized plants grow in these dunesyellow sand verbena (Abronia latifolia) and black knotweed (Polygonum paronychia) are prolific. With a little effort, other interesting plants can be found as well.

Black Knotweed (Polygonum paronychia)

A large patch of Black Knotweed (Polygonum paronychia) just above the drift logs at…

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Jun 2

Point Holmes Moonrise

Point Holmes Moonrise #1

The first night I went down to Point Holmes, the moonrise was relatively close to sunset so there was still some very interesting colour in the sky.

The beach at Point Holmes is fabulous to photograph and particularly good on a falling tide since the dropping water reveals a set of very interesting boulders. Over the last month I’ve been down to Point Holmes during the full moon to…

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Spectacular Sidney Pier

Sidney Pier Sunrise

The pier near the end of Beacon Avenue in Sidney, British Columbia is a spectacular place to photograph the sunrise.

If you happen to be visiting Victoria, British Columbia, consider a stop in Sidney. At sunset or sunrise the long pier at the end of Beacon Avenue is exceptional to photograph, and at low tide it’s possible to include some really dramatic rocks in the foreground.

Sunrise on the Deck

Sunrise from the…

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Cattle Point Sunrise

Cattle Point Drift Logs

Long lines of logs at Cattle Point in Victoria, British Columbia.

I’m trying to be a little more disciplined over the last month or two and am making an effort to get up earlier to catch the first morning light—such was a case late last month when I was down in Victoria to pick up a long awaited Fuji X-T1 and a 10-24mm lens. I headed out to Cattle Point just before sunrise and I have to admit…

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Campbell River’s Canyon View Trail

Campbell River’s Canyon View Trail

Campbell River’s Canyon View Trail (accessed via parking areas at the old BC Hydro powerhouse and at the logging bridge at Woodburn Road) is a moderate 6 km loop that is excellent for wildflowers in the early spring. The rich soil of the Campbell River flood plain is perfect for both white and pink fawn lilies (Erythronium sp.)and the display can be spectacular. I try to do the loop at least once…

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Apr 8

Signs of Spring … Gold

Signs of Spring … Gold

Gold Star (Crocidium multicaule)

A constellation of Gold Star (Crocidium multicaule) in the dunes at Point Holmes, Comox, BC.

One of the most beautiful early blooming spring flowers on the east coast of Vancouver Island is gold star or common spring-gold (Crocidium multicaule). In the Comox Valley the best show is along the narrow stretch of sandy “dunes” between the road and beach at Point Holmes. Kin Beach and the dunes at…

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Boulders at Point Holmes

Boulders at Point Holmes

Point Holmes Boulders #1

Six image panorama, stitched together in Photoshop CS6 and converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2.

These huge boulders captured my attention on the rocky beach at Point Holmes, in Comox, British Columbia. During low tide Point Holmes is excellent for marine life, but the weather was pretty awful and though the tide was low, I didn’t stay out longer than it took to find some very…

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