Outer Shores Photo Tour 2014: Pacific Rim National Park

Outer Shores Photo Tour 2014: Pacific Rim National Park

Final days

Sunrise gently fills our tranquil anchorage with light and colour.
Sunrise gently fills our tranquil anchorage with light and colour.

A beautiful sunrise greeted the final day of our tour.

 

We didn’t have to travel far for our first photo stop of the morning – only 500m or so to shore and into some gorgeous old growth forest. It’s hard to convey the sheer size and grandeur of these ancient giants in a picture. Human forms (in this case Chris) provide a readily recognizable shape and sense of scale in such situations.

Chris is dwarfed by two massive old growth trees.
Chris is dwarfed by two massive old growth trees.

Along the shoreline Russ pointed out some ancient rock walls built by coastal natives thousands of years ago to attract clams which they harvested for food. Along with the clams, numerous colorful bat stars resided in the shallows.

Captain Russ points out some colourful bat stars inhabiting an ancient rock wall built by natives to attract clams.
Captain Russ points out some colourful bat stars inhabiting an ancient rock wall built by natives to attract clams.

We also explored some of the other local beaches under beautiful sunny skies.

Looking out over Barkley Sound.
Looking out over Barkley Sound.
A fairly non descript strand of kelp...
A fairly non descript strand of kelp…
…becomes an animated abstract with a slow shutter speed and some wave action.
…becomes an animated abstract with a slow shutter speed and some wave action.

After a leisurely cruise back to Uclulet to drop off our guests, Russ and I took the boat to Bamfield for the night. Bamfield is a small town on the south side of Barkley Sound famous for the marine station which provides classes in coastal ecology to high school and university students from across Canada. We spent the night there and most of the next day waiting for some high winds and heavy seas to calm before making our run down to Victoria. This gave me an opportunity to explore the beaches and forests around Bamfield – in the pouring rain of course.

Sea stacks line the shore near Bamfield, BC.
Sea stacks line the shore near Bamfield, BC.
Near Bamfield, BC.
Near Bamfield, BC.
The west coast is full of picturesque pocket beaches such as this one.
The west coast is full of picturesque pocket beaches such as this one.
West coast wild flowers.
West coast wild flowers.
A salmonberry bloom; these early bloomers are an important source of food for returning hummingbirds.
A salmonberry bloom; these early bloomers are an important source of food for returning hummingbirds.

All in all it was a wonderful inaugural photo tour with great weather, scenery and wildlife. Join us for our 2015 tour in Johnstone Strait – an area famous for humpback whales and orca!

A black bear rouses from a nap in a tree. Black bears are excellent climbers unlike their much heavier grizzly cousins.
A black bear rouses from a nap in a tree. Black bears are excellent climbers unlike their much heavier grizzly cousins.
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