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Winter morning in the forest…

On my morning walk along Hoy Creek Trail, after checking on the salmon at Hoy Creek Hatchery this morning I was blessed to witness this sight.  I just love light coming through the trees. It’s magical…

This very old stump above is a favourite spot for photos any time of year and children can even climb within this stump.

I love the colourful contrast of white snow on this bright green moss.


The forest was alive with the sounds of chickadees, and I was pleased to capture this little black-capped chickadee hopping along a moss-covered tree branch chirping and nibbling.


Morning mist on Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam

The early bird catches the worm!

My first thought when I woke up today was to get outside and go for a walk. I usually get up, and grab a coffee, check the latest online, but today something pulled me to get outside before the morning waned.

I put on my coat and the first thing that grabbed me was the mist in the air when I stepped out into the morning. The damp heavy air covered my body like a cloak, and went deep into my lungs like a drink of water.

I walked through the woods enjoying the shadow and light displays that are unique to that time of day and to the specific weather conditions. Walking beside Hoy Creek, I took photos along my way, enjoying the sounds and sights of morning. My ears were filled with the soft sounds of the creek,  birds chirping, and the odd ‘good morning’ shared between people I passed on the path out walking their dogs.

When I got to the first large clearing of Town Center Park, and Lafarge Lake the misty morning fog was most evident there, likely due to the body of water. I could see the orb of the sun trying its best to burn its way through.

I took these photos with my Samsung cell phone and they turned out like black and whites stills, yet I altered nothing. They went direct from my phone  to the web.

By the time I got back home, the sun was out in full force and the mist had gone. It became a glorious day.


The bear in the woods

I went out for a walk yesterday. I’ve been trying to keep up with my daily Crunch hike up a 2km walk here in Coquitlam which is building up my level of fitness as it’s directly uphill the power line cut-line of the mountain.

I was feeling pensive and as I exited the house I thought I’d change things up, reviewing in my head about 3 other alternate routes in my part of town.   In the end I just felt my way along and adjusted my route as I felt led to.

I was into a wooded area just blocks from my house, and enjoying how the sunlight dapples itself thorough the leaves. I stopped to take a photo of the trail… then kept walking, and stopped to take another photo.   As I continued along I looked up and there before me was a medium sized black bear.. walking nonchalantly towards me about 5 yards ahead.

My initial response was, wow, what a great picture! But I quickly put that foolishness aside and looked for my exit. Luckily I was behind the college and the path took left just feet from me… I moved forward than took the exit trying not to panic. As soon as I had the turn and a tree or two between the bear’s view of me, I instinctively took off like a shot in mad sprint out toward the college and out of the woods.   The words “Don’t run” were going through my mind as I ran as fast as I could.

It took me about half hour to settle my nerves, and during that time I called my daughter to get her help in calling police or alerting the news to get the word out on social media. After all it was a Sunday evening and many people were out enjoying the summer day.

I hung around the area to warn anyone who was walking near…funny there were not too many people around at all.  I decided to continue my walk around Lafarge Lake and posted the second photo I’d taken online announcing I’d just seen a bear.

I dodged the wood trail after my circle around the lake and took most of the street way home, but just near there, I decided to quell my fears by walking a short distance through the woods to my home again, just to get settled.  It was beautiful.

When I got back to my computer I pulled up the last shot I took in the woods hoping that there would be some sign of the bear, and there he was… very unnoticeable in that last shot I took. I blew up that portion of the photo and indeed I had captured him.

It’s made me realize the importance of safety this time of year, and in particular in the area of Canada that I live.  A woman passed me a week prior on another trail which was very open with high traffic. She jingled as she walked. For bears I thought… She’s smart!  I should follow suit.


(ps. This sighting was at 5pm, June 29th on the Hoy Creek Trail, Coquitlam, just inside the entrance to the woods behind David Lam Campus, Douglas College)