Haida Gwaii: There and Back Again

I’m back from Haida Gwaii. It wasn’t what I expected, but then I only saw the North-Eastern corner of the Graham Island (the biggest and northernmost island). Anyway, here are some photos from the trip:

2014-07-19 10.08.51 The harbour in Masset, Haida Gwaii’s largest town.

2014-07-15 16.28.27 Two Bald Eagles (a juvenile and an adult) perched outside a fishing lodge in Masset. The only thing Masset has in more abundance than these raptors are ravens.

2014-07-17 11.12 Velella velella, sometimes called by-the-wind-sailors, which is a type of Hydrozoan (so not a sea jelly). It is the only known species of its genus! These little fellows live on the surface of the open ocean.

2014-07-19-12-43 Here’s a shot from the rocky shore at the base of Tow Hill. What a neat location! Not only are there quite a few tide pools (and none of them alike) there are also quite a few interesting rock formations. I’m not entirely sure how rocks so close can be so different, but my guess is it has something to do with Tow Hill being a volcanic plug.2014-07-19 12.08

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2014-07-19 13.33North Beach, from the viewpoint atop Tow Hill.

2014-07-19 14.24 I affectionately like to call these little things “sand turds.” They are all over North Beach. My guess is some sort of bivalve is living under there.

2014-07-22 17.47 After Masset, we went to Port Clements. It’s smack in the middle of Graham Island, on the shore of Masset Bay.

2014-07-23 13.26 The one clear day we had in Port turned the bay into a mirror.

2014-07-23 17.39 The nice weather also gave us the courage to go to Tlell, on the east coast of the island. If hitchhiking didn’t pan out, at least we wouldn’t be walking for four hours in the rain (we did get picked up, though, to my great delight). Above is a photo of a little fellow who I picked up on the hike to the Pesuta Wreck… it then excreted Hydrogen-cyanide all over my fingers. That stuff doesn’t wash off with hand sanitizer or sea water. (It is a millipede, by the way, Harpaphe haydeniana).

2014-07-23 19.23The Pesuta, in all her glory.

2014-07-25 19.34 Mine and my coworker’s treasures, collected during our two-week trip, right before we divied them up. The “blue” stones turn shiny black when wet.

2014-07-26 07.52 We got the opportunity to return to North Beach again the morning before our flight back to Vancouver. That’s Tow Hill in the distance.

2014-07-26 08.18And here’s the reason we got to go back- our hosts at the Golden Spruce Motel wanted to go crabbing (as well as give us a ride to the airport. I want to say the width of his back was about 20 cm (~8 inches) across, but don’t quote me.

2014-07-26 07.35I hope you enjoyed the photos, cheers!

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3 thoughts on “Haida Gwaii: There and Back Again

  1. Love your pictures Laura. Took me back again to a family trip that we took years ago when the “golden spruce” was still standing. Gosh, we never looked for beach glass, what a haul. I volunteer at our library and know your Mom.

    1. Thanks Val! I never even realised the tree was gone- everyone in town kept telling us to hike the trail, but poor weather kept us from going. We found the best beach glass along the inlet in Masset. Although we did find some of our most unusual colours in Port (lavender and yellow), the pieces were generally smaller and more jagged.

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