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A Picturesque Camping Trip

Once again we tripped off to Vancouver, B.C. with a group of students from UW’s Friday Harbor Labs.  This time it was the ZooBot class (a Zoological and Botanical survey of coastal sea life).

This is Megan.
Megan teaches the Zoo part of ZooBots.  I took this shot right after the class returned from the beach and caught Megan in the act of exchanging boots for shoes. Megan is just as fun and energetic as this photo implies.

This is the classroom.

This is the class.

Somethings to study.
sealife 2

Some more things to study.
sea life

Of course it wasn’t all work.
Kamp Kool Kids

When in camp we roasted hats.
roasted hats

Roasted socks.
roasted socks
Played games.

Celebrated a birthday …
… with cake …

… and music …

… and dancing.

We also ate.
Megan’s friend brought us a bucket full of fresh crab.  I am sure that somewhere in all the crunching and slurping we remembered to say thank you.

And of course I found time to take a few pics:

dancing grass
Dancing Grass (growing from a rock)
more scenery
River Tree
Seed Head
fiddle fern
Fiddlehead Ferns
Sea Anemone
berry soon
Berry Soon
Botany Bay path
Botany Bay Path
Botany Bay steps
Botany Bay Steps
Botany Bay lower trail
Botany Bay Boardwalk
furry trees
Furry Trees
New Growth
stellar jay
Stellar Jay

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. OMG Q these are just beautiful pictures. What wonderful pictures and how fun. i especially like the ones of the socks. Glad you had a good time. I knew I heard Charley playing clear over here 🙂 xoxoxo

  2. You must have a very expensive camera to take such great pictures with such great clarity! Wow, they are amazing! Glad you had a good time, Q.

  3. .
    Hi Quilly ~~ Amoeba must have the ‘funnest’ job in the world! Your pictures are wonderful (I’ve heard that said before) and you are soooooo lucky to get to do things like this! And have Amoeba to identify what you have taken in your pictures! 🙂

    I’m glad he likes the Janis songs, especially the “Mercedes Benz” one. I like “Me And Bobby McGee” equally as well. All of her songs expressed my feelings, frustrated ones, very well.

    1. Jim — most of Amoeba’s job requires he sit in a lab and peer into a microscope, but there are exciting bits here and there, too.

    1. Gattina — the temps were in the high 60sF. We were fine in sweaters and jackets. Usually it rains when we take this Spring trip so to us the weather was lovely!

  4. Wow, when you come back it’s with a whole bunch of present! Thanks for the gorgeous photos!

    Re: my shutter — it’s on the iPhone, so I don’t think it’s adjustable! I don’t take my good camera on bike rides. Just in case I fall over.

  5. WOW! I especially loved the pics of the Dancing Grass and the Berry Soon because I have never seen those plants before. As usual though, all of your photos are fabulous!

    1. Bev — I’ll see if I can get Amoeba to supply the real name of the grass, and the Berry Soon pic is wild Blackberry.

      1. Bev, the “Dancing Grass” is called Sea Plantain (Plantago maritima). It’s a close relative of garden plantains, including the English or Narrowleaf Plantain pictured in the “Seed Head” photo. Sea Plantain, however, is a succulent, like cacti, adapted to life just above the splash zone of rocky marine shores. The “Berry Soon” pic is actually of Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus), a raspberry native to the North American Pacific Northwest.

    1. Betty — for me this was the best seaweed field trip yet. I didn’t fall into the ocean and I wasn’t constantly rain soaked.

  6. Looks like a wonderful time with good people and beautiful scenery. Heaven. Gorgeous photos. I feel like I’ve had a mini vacation. Thanks.

  7. Oh my goodness, absolutely gorgeous! I love the shore and your week looks like it was amazing….the fresh crab wouldn’t have hurt, either.

  8. It’s been over 30 years since I’ve been to that part of BC. Thank you for sharing your pictures Quilly, someday maybe I can get back there..

  9. They’re all beautiful photos. I think I like the “Botany Bay” trio the best. I feel like my next step is up the staircase or down the path. A refreshing afternoon break!

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