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.
Some more things to study.
Of course it wasn’t all work.
When in camp we roasted hats.
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.
As you can see, the camp looked much the same as it did two years ago.
Seaweed Camp, from a distance
Our Own Tent City
British Columbia is one of the most beautiful, green places I have ever been. To get that beautiful and green takes a lot of rain — and we were there for it!
Low Rain Clouds hang over the ocean and the mountains on the other side of the inlet.
A Seagull Flies Through the Clouds
Even the Canadian Geese are Cold. They stand here on one leg, conserving body heat.
Two years ago, the waders and rain gear were dried by spreading them on pieces of driftwood in the sun. This year, wet gear was suspended from the cooking awning, but dry was just a dream.
Dreaming of Dry
The fire struggled against the wet with little success.
If Not Watched Constantly, It Would Dwindle & Die
Still, a little rain doesn’t stop our intrepid scientist:
Here he is studying a Sand Spider
And here he sits beneath the kitchen awning studying a Botany Book.
Mostly it was too wet for me to do any trail hiking or tide pool visiting. I did not have rain gear and my clothes soaked through quickly; which left me with no way to retain my body heat, so I much preferred staying dry. However, there were lulls in the rain and I did get to snap a few treasures.
A Dried Barnacle Husk, washed up on the beach.
A Tangle of Driftwood, Seaweed & Hawthorne Berries on the Shore.
Evidence of a Storm Past
A Shell Full of Sand & Sea
And this post is more than too long, so we will save the most amazing moment of all for tomorrow’s post.