Fall & Winter

moving through Fall and into Winter is always a challenging time: fewer hours of daylight, lower temperatures and more precipitation means tougher working conditions. On the plus side are the changing colours of the leaves on the deciduous trees as well as the increase in the amount of water in the streams & waterfalls...the forest becomes much more alive this time of year as all of the mosses & ground plants are nourished with the rains. Can’t wait to get out to photograph the many shades of green in our woods along with the mushrooms that are popping up everywhere!

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Avatar Grove - Vancouver Island

after a 2+ hour drive from the Crofton ferry terminal we arrived in Port Renfrew on the west coast of Vancouver Island ready for some lunch and then a trip to see Avatar Grove’s old growth forest.

We ended up having a superb meal at the Coastal Kitchen Cafe where they grow their own organic produce in an adjacent garden. Fuelled up and with a map downloaded from the Ancient Forest Alliance website we headed north in search of the grove.

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The trees were truly awe-inspiring: reaching up hundreds of feet from the forest floor to reach the sunlight far, far above well beyond where we could still distinguish any sort of detail. As I stood looking up at these gigantic trees I was saddened by the fact that many people only see them in terms of the profit that they can reap by chopping them down...they have much to learn about the true value of the ancient forests as spiritual retreats where we can recharge our own energies from these sanctuaries of long life.

Mid-October 2011

typical day out hiking & taking pictures: light pack, hydration, spare lenses & batteries, comfy tree to sit on for a rest stop

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