Author: nfish

West Coastin’

West Coastin’

Here you will find more Volkswagens than in Germany, more dreadlocks than Jamaica, more unshaven body parts than France. Where are you? Believe it or not this is Canada’s West Coast. It’s a place where cooking all three meals off a tailgate is part of […]

Black Tusk

Black Tusk

Literature details an eleven hour round trip with an elevation gain of roughly 1700 metres over 28’ish kilometres. The summit of Black Tusk sits at around 2,300 metres and provides some truly spectacular views – sometimes. Those who make their way to the top are […]

Red Snails And Blue Eggs

Red Snails And Blue Eggs

The elusive yookeroo remains elusive, however, the pursuit has lead to a few interesting finds and photos. It’s amazing what’s encountered during a stationary six hour stake out in the woods. Birds, bears, Bambi, and snails seem to emerge from the under growth all at once. It’s not only what’s seen, but also what’s heard. The noise of rain falling on big-leaf maples, the endless serenading by song birds, and the trouser wetting rustle of bears breaking through the under growth.   (more…)

The Yookeroo

The Yookeroo

I’ve been looking for something and you’re not about to find out what it is. For the sake of this blog and to not let the cat out of the hat so to speak, I’ll use a prescription from the good Doctor S and call […]

The Swayze Frog

The Swayze Frog

Everybody knows him. You know, that guy who is endlessly trying to impress the ladies. He’s not one of those jerks wearing nine hundred dollar jeans with an Ed Hardy t-shirt two sizes too small and a trucker hat from Barbie’s deluxe mansion. This guy […]

A Frog Older Than Earth Day

A Frog Older Than Earth Day

Today, on Earth Day, meet a frog whose root’s go back as far as Pangea (no, not the Avatar planet). A frog that can’t croak and can’t jump properly. A frog belonging to a suborder of ancient frogs whose evolution has been far from normal.  The Pacific tailed frog, Ascaphus truei, lacks ear membranes as well as the ability vocalize, they’re the only frog in North America that reproduces by internal fertilization and when they jump every landing is pretty much an awkward belly flop of a crash. (more…)

Gjoa Haven

Gjoa Haven

This past February I was ‘lucky’ enough to be sent to Canada’s Arctic to document the work of a group of scientists from the Institute of Oceanographic Science with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. We were in the incredibly welcoming community of Gjoa Haven, […]

A Real Giant Is Found

A Real Giant Is Found

It was truly amazing to find a species of animal that’s more elusive than a Jaguar Shark, but the individual I stumbled across last week didn’t really live up to its name. Having found common Northwestern Salamanders stretching 12cm in length, the 10cm long Pacific […]

What’s A Qikiqtarjuaq?

What’s A Qikiqtarjuaq?

This summer I was lucky enough to be sent to Canada’s Arctic to film and photograph what ever was encountered. Throughout the trip I did a bit of guest blogging for the Vancouver Sun. Those interested in reading about places like Cambridge Bay, Iqaluit, Arctic Bay, Resolute, Kugluktuk, Qikiqtarjuaq, or Pangnirtung can view my posts here. An environment often perceived as lifeless and barren can dazzle you with endless sunlight, the coolest people ever, amazing species of animals, and the most breathtaking landscapes anywhere. (more…)

My Slippery Four-legged Holy Grail

My Slippery Four-legged Holy Grail

My quest wasn’t quite to the same scale as Sir Lancelots’ quest for the Holy Grail, no Castle Anthrax, no Bridge Of Death, but it did involve a few epic journeys. Deep in the Chilliwack River Valley lives a creature rarely seen, so mysterious it’s […]