Monthly Archives: August 2009

Port Renfrew & Botanical Beach

This past weekend I decided to make the drive up to Port Renfrew and while I was there check out Botanical beach.  I made it up to Port Renfrew and it was very foggy, at times three was less than 50 meters of viability.  My plans for finding some birds at Pachena bay where dampened by the fog a lots of people fishing for pink salmon so I decided to head down to Botanical beach.

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Since it was high tide and was very foggy I didn’t really get any tide pool shots or and landscapes of the beach but I did manage to get some of the lush temperate coastal rain forest.  This old growth rain forest is simply stunning and a must see for anyone.

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After spending most of the day in Port Renfrew it was time to head back to Victoria. On the way back I made a few stops. My first stop was at one of the many rivers that cross the road.

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Once again on the road I made  another stop at Jordan river as the sun decided to to come out so I enjoyed the ocean view for awhile before making the final leg of the trip home.

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Overall it was a fantastic day trip trip even if the weather was not the best you have to make the best out of it.

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Vancouver Island Marmots

The Vancouver Island marmot is a critically endangered species of marmot that is only found in alpine meadows on Vancouver island. The latest population count was around 300 marmots with only about 30 of them living in the wild. The rest of population is found in zoos and other facilities trying to boost their numbers.  Many of these programs are in place to release them back into the wild with the idea of boosting the population. On the weekend I made the trip up to Mount Washington to see if I could find some of these extremely rare animals. Finding these little guys was not an easy task, I spent 10 hours hiking 10KM and climbed about 2000M.  After spending 9 hours looking and considering myself defeated I was on my way back to the car when I spotted my first one.

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After leaving this guy and continuing back to the car I noticed a little ball of fur out the corner of my eye. To my surprise I had found a little pup hiding in a pile of loose rocks. This guy was untagged unlike the other older one I had found earlier.

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Overall it was a very long day but in the end was very rewarding to get some photos of one of the most endangered animals in the world. I am really hoping to get some more photos this year before they start their yearly hibernation.

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