Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fallen Tree Roots

I think this would make an awesome painting or an ink brush with a touch of water colour

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Crystal Falls Hike


I walked with a friend, it took a little over an hour to get to the falls from Burke mountain. The terrain was pretty flat and we walked at a relaxed pace. We were soaking up the scenery including the variety of slugs, snails and bugs. There were high points with spectacular views of the forest as the morning light filtered through the green forest canopy. Each reflection made the trees and leaves look different, artistic and poetic. There was a light wind and the air was fresh. The creeks were easy to cross as they were not full, I heard that they can get muddy with high waters. There were a couple of places where we walked around the water, before straddling Coquitlam river. The air was fresh and cool by Crystal falls with a light wind.


B.C sure gets green after the spring rains 



Amazing how thick and mossy the coastal rainforests can get.





Met a few people and dogs on the trails, no bears though. British Columbia has been gifted with so many such places, quite common really.  I could not have said it better than this video by Destination British Columbia

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Burke Mountain Hike



Photo log of my hike up Burke mountain to Sawblade falls about a 2.5 hour trek (plus or minus stops) from the end of Harper road on a hot afternoon on April 18th. A good neighbour introduced me to the trail. I thought I might see bears as there have been some sightings in the area, but no luck - probably because we were talking a lot. I had bear spray with me, just in case the bears got friendly. The first little bit was steep and I was out of breath as this was my first major hike of the season. I caught my breath once the trails levelled off, the rest was a medium difficulty for me. Seeing Sawblade falls was worth it.  It was hot, a bit cooler in the forest. Its amazing once we got close the the falls, how cold it got. I had a t-shirt and shorts on and as I got closer to the falls it was like an ice box. I stayed hypnotized by the view and sound of the falls for some time, despite the freezing temperature at the base of the falls. I was covered in in a cold mist, my glasses were too. What a great day, yoga in the morning, afternoon hike and warm evening on the deck. As I write this blog the day after the hike, my body is calling for a rest day. I guess I will take it's advice.