Archive for the 'Bowen Island' Category
Even when it is not foggy at the house, which is a 300 feet, I know when there is a fog bank on the Sound. I hear the ferry horns bellowing. This afternoon the fog seemed to be clearing so, for exercise, I walked down to the beach.
Here on Bowen Island, on Canada’s wet west coast, we expect some rain in September. Last year during September we had only a trace of precipitation. Today, as I write this entry, we are having a downpour.
In Winnipeg we had a large vegetable garden, and I maintained three big compost piles. They were really cheap and easy: for each I’d buy 18 feet of 4-foot welded stucco wire and form a cylinder with it. That’s all I did — other than throw compostables into it. The compost was turned once/year, if that. It made lots of great compost.
That design failed here on Bowen Island. The deer think that my compost pile is their dining room table, and they stamp down the sides to access their meal. I see many elegant compost bins that either use lots of plastic, or require many hours of carpentry. We are talking about the recycling of waste, not constucting a family heirloom. So, here is what I am trying now. (This is what I made today.)
The stucco wire is attached to the frame with stainless wire. I will use more before it is deployed. The front is on the left, and can be removed by taking off 2 nuts & washers. In a year or so, I’ll let you know how it works. If it does, I’ll make more. It is very big… I might try something smaller.
If you enjoy the pyrotechnics of a thunder storm, the event on the evening of August 29, 2013 was the most dramatic I’ve seen since I left Winnipeg in 1990. Here is a 20 minute stereo recording of the event. To experience it fully, play it at high volume with some good speakers.
For the record, here is how the storm appeared on local weather radar.
That weather information is available at Ballantyne Mountain Weather Resources.
The audio file is posted to Archive.org. I recorded it in stereo with a Zoom H1, mp3 128kbps with a ‘dead cat’ wind screen. I was on a dome of land called Millers Landing on Bowen Island. The recorder is facing North. Mt. Collins is on my left, and across Howe Sound are the mile high hills that form the east wall of this fjord. I suspect that the hills form part of the soundscape. The line of clouds that made this storm ran from North to South and were moving eastward. Play this at high volume to experience the event.
I just went outside in time to hear a murder on Bowen Island.
In stereo. I could not see what the fuss was all about.
It is 300 vertical feet down to Scarborough Beach on Bowen Island. Today, for the first time, I walked down there for a swim.
It is a long way down to the beach. And it feels even longer climbing back up. The location and the water is worth the hike.
On Wednesday I accompanied a Fire Control crew of Recreation Sites and Trails BC while they cleared the windfall on some of the favourite trails on Mount Gardner. I posted some pictures at Clearing Trails on Mt. Gardner.
Yesterday I was invited to watch as the fish hatchery on Bowen Island, operated by the volunteers of the Bowen Island Fish & Wildlife Club, released 32,000 coho salmon into local creeks. They will live in these fresh water creeks and ponds for a year before heading out on their long ocean voyage.