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There she is in the background and I finally got to step foot on her. The infamous and formidable Brooks Peninsula! The Crown Jewel of Vancouver Island sea kayaking! This has long been a dream of mine. My time there was only short but surely I will return to her south sides and northern regions. Maybe someday maybe even the outer points. It’s a World onto it’s own out there. “The Brooks”… Read More

I’ve spent an afternoon, an evening and now today with T073B – Male Transient Orca in Comox Harbour. The third time was definitely a charm! It has been an incredible experience sharing the waters with this magnificent creature, one I will never forget. 

I’ve explored all over Coastal British Columbia and I mean all over! I’ve never seen an Orca, ever! Not until July 24th and 25th and I didn’t have to go very far either! The name of the Orca is T073B – a lone and very large male transient Orca. Reports of his visit to the Comox Valley first started coming in around July 23rd. I loaded up my kayak on the cart… Read More

  “Loose hips, save ships.” A quote from Frank Witter, expert Sea Kayak Guide and Owner / Operator at Hello Nature Adventure Tours – hellonature.ca  Frank of course was referring to remaining flexible and not becoming tense when encountering unfavorable conditions while sea kayaking. Expert advice, no doubt.  On July 18th, I had the distinct honor and privilege to be invited by Kevin Bradshaw from Hello Nature Adventure Tours to spend the day with… Read More

Thank you to local Comox Valley resident and my friend Tanja Kerr – flickr.com/photos/84125642@N07 Eagles tend to congregate from time to time in front of Tanja’s home and when they do, she lets me know! My very own “Eagle Hotline.” I got some good shots today and finally two or more in one frame while in flight, though they’re not as tack sharp as I would like. I’ll keep working on it. The… Read More

Bald Eagles are scavengers and will take advantage of carrion – dead and decaying flesh, giving it a poor image. As a result, some people even dislike Eagles. Other people do not care for powerful and aggressive birds; while some object merely on the grounds that it is a bird of prey which kills other animals for food. What do you think?

Exciting news! I will be working with Republic of Vancouver Island as their feature photographer for all things Vancouver Island. This is such an awesome brand – shirts, hoodies, stickers, etc! Check out their website here: https://www.republicofvancouverisland.ca/ Republic of Vancouver Island Apparel donates a portion of profits to wildlife and environmental preservation groups around the island.

As many of you know, I work with BC Marine Trails as a Director and Co-chair of our Communications Committee. Stewardship is one of our core activities. If you could contribute a few dollars to ocean plastics cleanup it will help us out. It’s quite costly to remove from the west coast of Vancouver Island (Ex. Helicopter lifts, etc.) The accumulation of plastics is concerning, not just here but also elsewhere and… Read More

Between May 1st and May 5th I had the distinct pleasure to sail with friends between Comox and Bella Bella. I was also honored to help steer our vessel across Queen Charlotte Strait – one of the most notorious crossings in the Pacific Northwest.  

I will start with a bit of a preemptive spiel. Normally I am very excited to share the specific locations that I paddle to, visit and explore in hopes that others can do the same or may be inspired to do so. I will neglect to do so this time. To some, it may be obvious as to where I was and it may not be difficult for others to ascertain, I’m… Read More