Called to the Sunset

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Towards the Beautiful Islands • Tags: beachessunsetsdeerspiritualityRecreation SitesHaida GwaiiGraham IslandGraham Island • Places: Rennell Sound Recreation Site Bonanza Beach

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After a memorable morning walk, and a visit to Masset and Old Masset, I returned to my campsite. I was looking at the number of days I had ahead of myself, and thought about the possible things I could do.

I had recently realized that the Haida Gwaii Museum was closed on Sunday, and so my goal of visiting it was unlikely to work out. Perhaps this wasn't the time to visit Dajing Giids after all.

Something in the Agate Beach Campground didn't speak to me, and something in my soul, in my intuition, or a voice from somewhere just told me that I ought to leave and go elsewhere. I wasn't sure where the elsewhere was yet, but there were a number of other camping spots on Graham Island or Moresby Island, and I figured it would be better to drive down towards one of them now, then to get up early, pack my stuff, and have to drive in the morning.

In the Beginning...

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Towards the Beautiful Islands • Tags: Naikoon Provincial Parkbeachesspitssacred placescreation storiesHaida GwaiiBald Eagle • Places: My Parking Spot on North Beach Rose Spit

I wanted to get up early and visit Rose Spit. I wanted to be there alone. I wanted to feel like I was in the place where the Haida were created.

Destiny was on my side. I had somehow misplaced the pump to my air mattress, and slept somewhat uncomfortably. I woke uncomfortably early, gave myself a charlie horse, and decided it was a sign that it was time for me to get moving.

I would see how far along the shore my four wheel drive station wagon could take me...

Tow Hill Loop

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Towards the Beautiful Islands • Tags: Naikoon Provincial Parkbeachesbird photography • Places: Delkata Wildlife Sanctuary Agate Beach Campground Tow Hill

I left Port Clements behind me, heading for the Delkata Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Agate Beach Campground in the northern section of Naikoon Provincial Park. There I had a nice little hike ahead of me. And, some rain.

Let's get into it.

A view of the forest and the surf, from near my campsite.
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The Shapes In The Sky Are Eagles

Visiting Pesuta & Port Clements

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Towards the Beautiful Islands • Tags: shipwrecksNaikoon Provincial Parkmuseumsloggingbeachesgood eatsbird photography • Places: Pesuta Shipwreck Port Clements Museum

I didn't get to do all that much after I arrived on Graham Island, Haida Gwaii. Ferry delays made sure of that.

So, when I awoke in Misty Meadows Campground the following morning, I wanted to seize the opportunity to go do something. Do what, exactly?

I knew I wanted to explore Née Kún (Naikoon) Provincial Park. I knew I wanted to stretch my legs and experience some of the islands' famed natural beauty.

I also knew that the nearest, popular hiking trail led to a shipwreck.

Would it be worth my while?

Three Books on Haida Gwaii

✍️ 🕑 June 2022 • Series: Towards the Beautiful Islands • Tags: Haida Gwaii

I've told you that I'm finally going to pick back up my series of posts about traveling around British Columbia and Haida Gwaii in May and June of 2022.

Well, I am going to do exactly that. But before I get started, I thought it would be a nice idea to write a little something about Haida culture and history, and how things came to be in the modern era. Instead of covering these topics directly, I'm going to do so by reviewing three books about different facets of Haida culture and history.

Specifically, I cover:

  • Raven's Cry by Christine Harris, Young Adult-oriented fiction covering 175 generations of Haida history.
  • Potlatch as Pedagogy: Learning Through Ceremony by Sarah Flourence Davidson and Robert Davidson, a book on indigenous pedagogy, filled with memories of cultural reawakening.
  • Athlii Gwaii: Upholding Haida Law on Lyell Island, a collection of memories and photographs that provide primary source accounts of the successful grassroots effort to stop logging and get the Canadian government to recognize Gwaii Haanas.

I finished each of these books during June of 2022. Each of the three is extraordinary, and well worth reading.

December 2022

The Month In Review

✍️ 🕑 December 2022 • Series: 52 FramesMonth in Review • Tags: good eatsmusicphotography • Places: Cal Anderson Park Teapot Dome Historical Site Toppenish, WA St. Peters, PA

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For a while now, I've been thinking that my blog posts focusing on my 52 frames entries aren't all that interesting. I mean, they are a means for me to share some images that I took each week over the previous month, but they are also basically just stuff I've already shared elsewhere re-posted with a bit more context.

The other thing that's true about 52 Frames is this: it's a creative exercise that does not necessarily represent my best, or most interesting output. So, why not move the stuff I value more to the forefront, and move the (admittedly very fun and often creatively invigorating) homework to the background?

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There are other things I do in a month, besides weekly photographic challenges. I've been trying more and more to incorporate more of this into these posts, and now I think it's time to make a habit of doing this in a more organized, repeatable fashion. (It should also be much less time consuming than some of the more detailed travel posts, which seem to take me aeons to produce, what with all the writing, editing, post-processing, and sanity checking that comes along with... this blog literally living inside of a scrappy Github Repo.)

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In terms of format, I draw my inspiration from Katrinka Abroad, and for this I make no apologies. I don't know her, but I really enjoy her approach to writing, photography, and blogging.

So why not try cribbing a format that works for someone else?

From Smoke to Snow

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Steve in Seattle • Tags: Mount Rainier National Parkwaterfallssnowy hikes • Places: Narada Falls

An unused section of the Skyline Trail parking lot
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I had the last in a series of house guests in 2022: C. (celebrating her 30th birthday) & R... and so, I had an excuse to try to connive them into going on an (admittedly long) automobile journey, to see something of the beauty of Washington State outside Seattle.

The day of their arrival was the day the rain came -- lots of it, and so, it heralded the beginning of the rainy season, which will stretch until next June. But it also heralded the end (mostly) of smoke season.

The stagnant smog choking Seattle parted. The air was clean. There was much rejoicing, even as strangers on the street could be heard lamenting the coming of the clouds. The end of sunshine.

Out of places that I visited in Washington State that were jaw-droppingly gorgeous, the surrounds of Mt. Rainier stood out to me, after my visit in August. I would be glad to have any excuse to go back, and now I did.

The trouble was, the unusually heavy rain on Friday & Saturday wasn't rain at 4,000 ft. It was snow. The park had gone from smokey to snowy overnight, and the National Park Service had only this to say about road conditions: