I came across this bear skull set on a cedar stump in a selectively logged forest in July, 2015. Over a foot long, the skull’s front fangs are gone. The back molars, made for chewing up berries, grubs and vegetation, confirm the jaw of an omnivore. The stump and the skeleton may both be […]
A golden afternoon on the Slocan River in late June, paddling a prototype of the traditional Sinixt sturgeon-nosed canoe with my dog Dellie in pursuit. In the evening, I spoke to a bi-national group of students from Hamilton College in upstate New York and our local Selkirk College about the Columbia River Treaty. They are […]
She is a coyote crossed with sheltie, a gift from the dense woods on the east shore of Kootenay Lake. Dellie goes everywhere with me, and picks up many friends along the way, even some who gift her with crowns of woven Hawk’s weed. This invasive plant has never looked so good.
I sit here in early morning, watching the swallows dance across the water’s surface, dipping close to harvest bugs, rising up again to deliver them into a waiting nest of young.
On a springtime walk, along a path I have followed so many times, I came across a lush, knee-high forest of Fairy Bells (Prosartes hookeri), spreading beneath the shade of an evergreen forest. How could I have missed this charm and beauty, all these years?
In March, at Woodhaven eco-preserve in Kelowna, I came across the secretive presence of Coyote – this scat deposit on a bed of moss. I added this to my image library of various animal scats, secretive signs of a wild thing having passed this way.