Moments of light ~ changing stillness and beauty in the Bay.

Last evening the beautiful nuances of light reflected into and across the Bay as the last gulls made their way to their night ‘place of rest’ elsewhere and Common Mergansers quietly floated by. There were so many moments of light ~ changing stillness and beauty to gaze at….

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Taking a moment to listen to the whales and birds…..

Yesterday morning, what should have taken a few minutes of time, extended into nearly an hour. I was outside on the balcony hanging out some washing when I heard the unmistakable blow of a humpback whale. I heard the blows a few times before grabbing the camera and binoculars and waited for the next blow. How wonderful to listen as the loud blows broke the stillness and quietness of early morning, seeing the humpback whale surfacing a few times but not in time to take a photo, and still see a small whale (minke) feeding near where sea birds had gathered. There were numerous bald eagles flying about but due to the rising tide they were unable to reach the remains of a halibut thrown out further along the beach. A belted kingfisher was fishing from the piling nearby and then there were five river otters swimming along and clambering out on the small dock out in front. When I zoomed in and cropped the photo, there was a minke whale feeding back and forth where the humpback whale had also been! Blissful was the time spent outside yesterday morning, living in the moment! Had I not bothered to hang out the washing (it is easier to throw it in the dryer), I would have missed the ‘moment’ and majestic beauty of the ‘living and breathing’ coastline on which so many species, including humans, rely. Meanwhile, even as I write, an oil rig is currently passing through our BC waterways, en route to the Alaskan Arctic Coast for drilling purposes by Shell, in the Chukchi Sea. It brings to mind that somewhere, at some point, an oil spill will occur along the BC/ Alaskan coastline. I cannot begin to imagine what it will do to birds, fish, whale and dolphin populations….our oceans and coastlines are precious!

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Environmental groups, citing harsh conditions and a fragile ecosystem, say it’s a mistake to drill in the Arctic.
“We can’t trust Shell with America’s Arctic. As we all remember, Shell’s mishaps in 2012 culminated with its drilling rig running aground,” Cindy Shogan, executive director of Alaska Wilderness League, said in a statement. “Shell’s 2015 plans are even riskier and dirtier this time around.”
‘Wrong Headed’
Franz Matzner, director of the Beyond Oil Initiative at the Natural Resources Defense Council, called it a “wrong-headed decision.”
“No company deserves a license to despoil our last pristine ocean and spew massive amounts of carbon pollution into our atmosphere,” Matzner said in an e-mail. “Any major Arctic Ocean spill would be impossible to clean up.”
Shell drilled two test wells in 2012 after spending about $6 billion over almost a decade in preparation. This year Shell plans to simultaneously use two vessels to explore about 70 miles from the village of Wainwright. The drilling will take place in 140 feet of water.

A surprise viewing of Biggs Orcas (Transients ) T55’s ~ passing in front of Alert Bay this evening!

A quick blog this evening! We had just returned to Alert Bay off the 6.00 p.m. ferry and had been busy unpacking some shopping when a call from Helena www.orca-live.org alerted us to orcas approaching the Bay from Peppers Point on Cormorant Island, they were heading west and were very close along the shoreline amongst the kelp. Thanks to wonderful networking, many people were able to view the orcas as they made their way steadily along the shoreline. How wonderful to view them from our deck and see as they made their way, cutting across the Bay at 7:20 p.m. heading towards the navigational light at Yellow Bluff where they lingered for quite some time before proceeding on their way west, we could still view them at 7.50 p.m.. The photo’s posted are poor quality, cropped and zoomed but still exciting to see even at such a distance away. Thanks to both Helena and Marie for identifying them and sharing the joy of them passing by us all “in the Bay”!T55A T55A IMG_1078 IMG_1100 IMG_1086 IMG_1085 IMG_1084

Waking up to a sunrise masterpiece!

It was a glorious morning in the Bay today, beginning very early with just the light of the moon appearing as though inside a star! The colour of the sky on daybreak appeared vivid and brilliant in the east, ‘a red sky in the morning, a sailors warning’, and it was today a windy one on the water!

 

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