Saturday, September 10, 2016

Lava Beds north of Terrace, BC. A fascinating place with ragged lava flows covered in moss and lichens. I was glad we camped in Terrace and took the day trip up through Anhluut’ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga’asanskwhl Nisga’a (Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park) 

We spent about 12 hours on the road stopping and viewing villages, totems and the wonderous landscape, yet still did not see all there is to see. If we have the chance to go again I believe we would haul the trailer up and camp there for a few days as the landscape is so beautiful. 
One set of three falls we encountered on route to the Lava Beds. By not towing a trailer we were able to make plenty of stops to see the sights along the way.

Gitwinksihlkw (Canyon City) has four poles, two on each side of the bridge. In the not far past, to get to the village one had to cross a suspension bridge, now they have a road bridge across the river. 

We decided to drive all the way out to Gingolox, it was rainy most of the day but the clouds seemed to part enough for us to get some shots between the raindrops. Nearing gingolox we had a large white timber wolf cross our path, but due the rain on the windshield there was no way to capture an image. What a spectacular memory to hold though.

 Amazed at the monstrous churches built on the coast, the village is tiny but there are two large churches there.
Old and the new side by side, such fascinating photo-ops, but the rain was pretty steady and it was getting dark so we headed back to Terrace and a warm bed.

Next day on to Prince Rupert
 Poles in Prince George, by the Recreation Centre.

Poles across from the hospital in Prince Rupert, there are three still standing and a sawed off stump where one has been removed. There are burial mounds near these poles. When I asked at the visitor booth about these poles and the graves noticed, I was told that the hospital was built on an old original peoples burial ground. There are no plaques stating this, but one of the poles had a mourning wreath set below it. The plaque's here are unreadable as vandalized with spray paint. Sadly, disrespect for traditional burials is encountered all across this country.

Prince Rupert, love how the fall leaves accent the colors in Ninstints Eagle Pole.

An enjoyable experience to carve a few strokes on a pole being carved by Joe Mandur Jr. in recognition and honour of Freda Diesing, a Haida carver and teacher.  A globe and mail link

One of Freda Diesing's Poles in Prince Rupert. Eagle Chief's Pole carved by Freda Diesing and Josiah Tait. The pole is a reproduction of a pole from Tanu on Haida Gwaii. From bottom up is grizzly bear with frog, killer whale, hawk, human face, eagle and three watchmen. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Ksan, the land of Mist

 Ksan, the most beautiful place to wake up and watch the mist evaporate off the mountain as the sun warms the land.
 Totems at Kispiox.

Totems at Gitwanyow, the building in the background used to be an interpretive centre, sadly it is still listed in tourist info as one, yet now it is used as an office. We asked at the gas station about the poles but the lady working there said she knew nothing about them or the defunct center. 



Friday, June 24, 2016

The Tiny and the Beautiful, Orchids and other flowers of Jasper

I am learning about native flowers and as some of my books don't have very good images to help me identify I may have wrongly named some. If you notice that I've mislabel plants please let me know so I can make corrections, thank you. Enjoy.
 Orchis Rotundifolia (small Round-leafed Orchis) We found these beauties both at the edge of a lake and in the forest. They are so small that most people walk right by without even noticing the colorful delicate beauty.

In both places they were accompanied with Pinguicula Vulgaris (Common Butterwort).

 Cypripedium Calceolus (Yellow Lady's Slipper)Always a delight to find showy bunches in the underbrush, though most were singular flowers scattered about.

Cypripedium Passerinum, passerinium means "sparrow like" because of the bright dots on the inside of the pouch resembling a sparrow egg. (

 This Orchis was found in the same wooded area as the above blossoms.
I do not know the identity yet.

This orchis was found at high altitude on the mountainside.
I do not know the identity yet.

Pedicular Groenlandica (Elephanthead) due the blossoms look like an elephant head and trunk. Many plants found at the edge of Pyramid Lake growing alongside the smaller thin stemmed green Orchis shown below.

Can you see the elephants?


 Beautiful Mountain Bumblebee in the Wintergreen blossoms.

 Pyrola Assarifolia (Common Pink Wintergreen)


 Blue Flax. The meadows were turning a brilliant blue and yellow from the abundant Buttercups and Flax that were opening up, each day the meadows grew more colorful.

 Aneome Parviflora


Pink Pussytoe flower.