Category Archives: fauna


Well, my pronouncement that spring is on the way appears to have been a tad premature. I awoke to snow this morning! Of course I went out with my camera, and found this little one enjoying a solitary breakfast of ivy berries.




Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

curious encounters (4 images)

Yesterday I saw the funniest interaction between a seal and a seagull. The whole sequence happened twice in the space of the few minutes I was there. These photos are from the second go-round, because the first time I was so surprised I didn’t think to take pictures.

The gull was swimming around rather aimlessly, but when the seal popped up to the surface, the gull headed straight toward it.
gull and seal, Pender Island B.C.


The seal did not seem perturbed by the advancing gull, but calmly held its position…

gull and seal, Pender Island B.C.


…even when the gull came really close.

gull and seal, Pender Island B.C.


The gull seemed to peck the seal on the nose. I thought at the time that it was just pestering the seal. It was only later when I loaded the photos on my computer that I saw the seal had had a small fish sticking out of its mouth, and the gull had snatched it.

gull and seal, Pender Island B.C.

Now I am very curious. Was that seal too dumb to evade a cheeky gull intent on stealing its meal, not just once but twice in a row? Why would the seal not eat the fish as soon as it had caught it, or at least dive to save it?

Or were the seal and gull playing some kind of animal version of “Go Fish”??

If anyone has ever seen something like this before, I would love to hear about it. I’ve read about how different species can interact in surprising ways (such as humpback whales saving a seal from a pack of orcas), but it was certainly fun to see this little drama unfold right before my eyes.


twilight in pink and mauve

My laptop is currently in for repairs, and along with it all my photo editing software. So here is one from the archives: a view of Mount Baker from South Pender Island, taken last fall.

Pender Island Mount Baker twilight

Whoever uses the word “mauve” these days, anyway? It’s become so out of fashion that it seems quaint to even see the word in print.

jewel beetle (2 images)

This is a Golden Buprestid beetle, more commonly known as a jewel beetle because of its iridescent sheen and beautiful colours.

This one was in some distress when I found it on the patio, unable to move freely because of what looked like sticky spider web strands wound around its body. With the aid of a small twig, I gently removed the strands, then placed the little critter on a Queen Anne’s lace flower. It seemed pretty happy, stretching its wings for a bit before retreating beneath the flower to rest and recover from its ordeal.

Golden Buprestid beetle, Pender Island B.C.

Golden Buprestid beetle, Pender Island B.C.