Photos of Seal Bay Nature Park
near Courtenay, on Vancouver Island in B.C.
Here is a collection of photographs taken
in the Seal Bay Nature Park in April of 2004.
This is Pacific Northwest temperate rainforest.
The forest here was logged in the early 1900's, so it
is not 'old growth' forest, but it is well matured, and the old growth
stumps still remain, covered in spouting trees and plants of every
size and description, the cycle of life and death never-ending....
Seal Bay is just down the road about half a mile
from where my parents live on Vancouver island.
The park's footpaths are well groomed and make for easy hiking
and there are spectacular switchback trails down through a ravine
to Seal Bay, which is a crescent beach made up of rocks,
where seals often bask, and the pristine ecosystem is overwhelming
in its beauty and diversity!
Ferns sprouting up in the warm spring air.
Lovely spring flowers abound in the rainforest.
These attractive flowers grow like weeds everywhere in B.C.
A small bridge near the entrance of the park.
An old fallen tree's roots have morphed into a fantastic sculpture!
Another shot of the commonest of flowers.
Absolutely everything is covered in luxurious moss.
Moss adorns every little branch, nook and cranny!
A lucky natural lens flare enhances this photo
of the fern covered ravine which the footpath follows to the beach.
A shallow pond deep in the rainforest.
Moss everywhere, a great indication of the pristine cleanliness of the environment.
There are glimpses of the ocean as you wind down the switchback trail.
The trail spits you out under a canopy of evergreen and deciduous trees,
onto the rock strewn beach of Seal Bay.
What appears to be a pile of lifeless rocks at first,
is in fact a wildly vibrant and diverse ecosystem
bursting at the seams with an almost infinite variety of life forms!
The more you look, the more you see! Under every rock is a universe!
An adolescent bald eagle allowed me to approach quite close for this shot!
The mountains in the background are the coastal Rocky Mountain range
on the Canadian mainland 20 miles across the Georgia Straight.
The eagle shifted nervously as I approached, but stayed put for over fifteen minutes....
I have no zoom lens, so I had to get very close to get a decent photo.
With the low tide, endless tidal pools are exposed.
The tidal pools are colourful and full of diverstity.
These purple starfish are stunning!
A starfish trapped out of water by the receding tide
has attempted to crawl to deeper water.
A self portrait with the coastal Rocky Mountains on the mainland in the background.
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