I’m very excited to acquire #38 of only 99 limited edition prints by renowned artist, Andy Everson. “Connection” commemorates T073B’s visit to Comox Harbour in July of 2018. This has been one of my most remarkable and profound experiences with wildlife. Read more about the print here: totemdesignhouse.ca/products/connection

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Andy Everson is named Nagedzi after his grandfather, Chief Andy Frank. His cultural interests lay with both his Comox and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestries and are expressed through dancing, singing, and even the pursuit of a Master’s degree in anthropology. Andy feels that his artwork stands on par with these other accomplishments.

Although he began drawing Northwest Coast art at an early age, his first serious attempt wasn’t until 1990 when he started designing and painting chilkat-style blankets for use in potlatch dancing. From these early self-taught lessons he has tried to follow in the footsteps of Kwakiutl relatives in creating bold and unique representations that remain rooted in the age-old traditions of his ancestors.

What a great time recently with my friend Nick Templeman, Owner / Operator with Campbell River Whale & Bear Excursions – campbellriverwhaleandbearexcursions.com

It took us a little bit to find T087 and the A24’s but it was definitely worth the wait. I think we owe it all to Nick’s dog, Yukon #chiefwhalespotter

 

If you’re looking for a truly unique, personalized and one of a kind experience, look no further than Nick. His extensive knowledge and passion serves as a sense of inspiration for wildlife and nature lovers. Book your tour today! 

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ON TOP OF THE WORLD
“The Everest” of Sea Kayaking
Brooks Peninsula!
 
I can’t wait to get back out there this summer!!
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I kind of want to keep it just for me! Wow! 😯📸👍 I’m proud to donate a 24 X 36 framed print of the image below, to be sold at auction at the Paddling Film Festival in Vancouver at the end of March. 100% of proceeds will go to support BC Marine Trails and the Howe Sound sites, under stewardship of the Sea Kayak Association of BC (SKABC) Get your tickets to the festival here: skabc.org

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There’s a certain amount of tranquility after a snowfall. It doesn’t happen often here on the island but it offers interesting perspectives. 

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The last time I visited Mystic Beach was 2009, 10 years ago! It’s always been a place that I wanted to visit again and so I did yesterday! I’m a paddler, not a hiker! I got lost twice on a relatively easy trail but it was well worth the anguish! What an extraordinary place!!

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The Importance Of Herring
 
Like the foundation of your house, herring is the foundation on which the Great Bear Rainforest is built. It is a small fish with a major role in the lives of nearly every coastal species on land or underwater in BC. It provides an important link between tiny plankton and larger fish, marine mammals and birds. For millennia, this forage fish has provided sustenance for humans to whales to wolves to birds. Fish, such as salmon, perch, and hake, feed on the larvae shortly after they hatch. Seals, sea lions, whales and numerous types of birds feed on adult herring.
 
Fisheries managers have argued that climate change and variations in predator abundance have been contributing to coast-wide declines in herring in recent decades. However, many observers point to commercial fisheries as the culprit, which began in the late 1800’s when herring were harvested en masse to make fertilizer and fish oil. An archeology study of fish bones found along the coast of Alaska, British Columbia and Washington (McKechnie, year) showed that one species, herring, was consistently the most abundant and ubiquitous fish in the 171 sites. The study of sites up to 10,000 years old also provides sobering “deep time” evidence of consistent abundance and distribution of herring. Only until the industrial kill fishery started in the late 1800’s did stocks begin to collapse.
 
Each year, the waters turn black as countless tonnes of herring migrate from offshore waters to more sheltered nearshore bays and estuaries where they spawn en masse. Pacific herring spawns are relatively short-lived, lasting approximately three weeks each year at any given location. In some areas, millions of birds, thousands of sea lions, seals – in addition to orca, humpback and grey whales all converge on the spawning grounds. The migration of shorebirds to their northern nesting grounds and the northern grey whale migration are time perfectly to feast on the annual herring spawn.
Protect Pacific Herring – pacificwild.org/…/protect-pacific-herring
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Proud to be a new member of Comox Valley Paddlers! 😊👍 Find our more about the club here: https://comoxvalleypaddlers.ca

…I’m looking forward to more journey’s…awesome things, places and people…and everything in between! 

Thank you to all of my followers for your support!

What a whirlwind of a year this has been! I am so lucky, on so many different levels. I can’t even begin to contemplate my good fortune and the incredible things I was able to experience this year and share with others.

Three things do stand out though – spending a couple weeks touring through the Great Bear Rainforest in May, paddling with T073B in July and finally setting foot on the infamous Brooks Peninsula in August which was more than a dream come true.

Later today, I will post a short film that my friend Shane Philip – Island Soul Films –  islandsoulfilms.com produced for me which showcases my experience out on “The Brooks.”

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