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last Haida Gwaii post

this will be the last of my blog postings for the journey. a few days to finalize things and pack up before heading home. My thanks to pal Drew for the use of his cozy home in Masset. A restful place to paint, read, nap and write.

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the Poles speak

I will let the poles speak for themselves. and I did manage to wander away from the interpretive tour long enough to do a small sketch. My way of absorbing and experiencing the place. Heather Beamish and myself

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Boat trip to Skedans. old poles

SKEDANS Headed out to the old village site of Skedans on Louise Island – on the west side facing Hecate Straight. After a lovely dawn 90minute drive down from Masset to Charlotte, 30 min ferry ride to the south island, 40 minutes jolting drive on a rough logging road, in a packed van with 10 […]

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Wind and welfare

Folks here take the weather pretty seriously. They talk about it all the time, everywhere you go. In a place where every other person has or is out on a boat, with some of the most unpredictable waters in the west…it is serious. Fishers, tour operators, charters seem to be the mainstay of the local […]

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Two Hill – most fabulous steps in the world

The stairs on Tow Hill I have seen a lot of trails, paths and walkways all over the world. But never anything like this. You must excuse the mulitple photos of the boardwalk here, but I was seriously blown away with deep appreciation and respect for the trail builders of Tow Hill. Not only the […]

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Friday – Tow Hill – Blow hole

A great place to spend a sunny morning – views in all directions. and without even checking the tide tables I managed to hit the blowhole at it huffing and spashing best. Complete with rainbows in every spray.

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Towards Tow Hill

thursday – start the day with Cinnamon buns. I decided to explore only as far as Agate beach. Then come back out to do Tow Hill and area another time – and just drive through what I had already seen. Yeah – good luck with that. It seems to take me a very long time […]

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sketches and thoughts

Painting days Well the weather is telling me to stay in today and get some work done. thankfully I have had several really great sunny and misty days to take lots ( that would be hundreds) of photos. So plenty of inspiration and references to start some new work. These are a few of the […]

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Toes in the sand

Well OK…boots in the sand. It doesn’t feel much like summer yet on the coast. About 10-15 degrees, and in keeping with the tradition of weather here on Haida Gwaii – wait half an hour and it will change. no wonder it reminds me of Ireland. The same situation of an isolated island at the […]

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North Beach.

My first introduction to North Beach was at Sangan river. A small road with undeveloped building lots, reached almost to the dunes.Lovely winding reaches of sandy banks wraps back and forth until it flattens out into the sea. a brief stretch of grasses and soft sandy dunes rises up from the tide line. the darkness […]

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