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Hellebore out in a logging slash
A little alpine pond
Aster that is past it
Hemlock tree reflection
Another alpine pond
Stonecrop, these were on top of a low mountain
Yet another alpine pond
And another alpine pond
On our way down on the ATVs looking out to the east coast of Vancouver Island down Cook Creek Valley. The above photos were taken last Wednesday when I was out riding with brother in law John R and friend Ernie.
On Saturday night, Aileen and I took the RZR and our supper and headed up to this beautiful viewpoint. Anticipating a peaceful view and meal, we were disconcerted to find a noisy group of seven side by sides already there. The beer and profanity were flowing, sounding like we were at a pub. They were a friendly group so it was hard to get angry and one of the girls insisted we needed our photo taken. We did find a sort of quiet corner where we ate admiring the view but we didn't stay long.
Our supper view. Deep Bay on Vancouver Island then Denman Island and Chrome Island lighthouse with Hornby Island in the back.
A peek a boo shot of Chrome Island on our way down the logging road
Yesterday, my brother Charlie and I went exploring an ATV trail and after a rugged couple of KMs, we took off walking the hiking trail. We gained 1050 feet in about a mile and got up to a nice viewpoint. This male grouse was showing off for the girls.
Moss Campion, an alpine flower
Looking over Denman and Hornby Islands from a thousand feet higher than where Aileen and I were Saturday.
One section of the trail. It was cut out by quad riders because even though my RZR is 50 inches wide, I kept getting hooked on trees with the roll cage. If I was to go back, I would not take the RZR up this section.
Last night, Aileen and I went back to Little Qualicum Park with my Canon 5D Mk2 full frame camera with the 100-400 lens to see if we could spot the immature owl again. The big camera will shoot fairly decent photos at 6400 ISO which I used last night in addition to shooting the fastest I could at f-5.6 and this was taken at just 1/125 second hand held.
This is a young Barred Owl who kept moving around and calling for a parent to bring food
One of the times it flew
I think this was a parent that had some food it was gobbling down
It would appear to be a fairly large Crayfish that he was dining on. I saw the owl swoop down on the river bank, where I guess he grabbed it, then right back up to the perch. After eating, he flew across the river to where we could hear the young one demanding supper.