Wolf Walk

A week ago I had the opportunity of a lifetime. To walk and interact with a wolf.

Myself and a few others spent a delightful hour walking through the woods with Tundra and her owner, Gary. At one point she leaned against me so I gently massaged her back, when I stopped, she turned around and she gently put a paw on my leg. She wanted more. I had been accepted. If I had any concerns up to that point, they were now gone.

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This was not just a hands on experience. Gary educated us as to the part the wolf plays in the environment. Their history, hunting strategies, benefits, misconceptions and the role they played in the lives of the indigenous peoples of British Columbia.

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Tundra was born in 2007 and acquired by Gary when she was 3 weeks old.

For the past 10 years. he has been conducting presentations on wolves for schools and community groups. Over that time period he has seen over 10,000 students and teachers.

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From his website he says, “It is my hope that I can meet the challenge set out by L. David Mech, one of the world’s preeminent wolf biologists.”

“I hope I can help other people to see the wolf for what it is: one more magnificent species, superbly adapted to contend with its harsh environment, and highly deserving of our understanding and acceptance.”

whospeaksforwolf.com

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My next adventure with wolves? A wolf howl. Stay tuned. Cheers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Falls

Located about midway on Vancouver Island, and in Strathcona Provincial Park is beautiful Myra Falls.

The first photo is of the lower falls as they cascade into Buttle lake.

DSC_0155We pulled off the highway at a lookout, grabbed the long lens and got this shot from across the lake. Luckley there was a railing to steady the camera. Camera settings for this long shot were, 1/800sec, f8, 400mm, iso 200. The people you see in this pic are standing where I took the next shot.

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At this time of year the volume of water is greatly reduced so we were able to stand in areas that would normally be covered with rushing water.

I would love to visit Myra Falls during the spring runoff. I imagine the rush of water would be deafening and awesome.

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This last shot is of the Upper Myra Falls, a moderately difficult hike of about 3k through lush moss covered forests.

There are many water falls on Vancouver Island, but I rate this one at the top of my list. Cheers.