The Rock Face On the Skeena

We were walking along the banks of the Skeena River (near Terrace, BC) when we came upon this rock, a funny looking rock that when you first look at it, has a “potato head” looking head, according to Suz. I saw the funny face too, but it kind of reminded me of an over sized “bubble head” face, like what you see on a political cartoon. Me and Suz., thought it warrant a photo. So I thought I would post it here, and ask you, what do you see? Do you see a funny face, or just an oddly shaped purple rock?

It was Suz., who first seen it. It made her laugh, and I came over to see what she was laughing at, she pointed to this. It made me chuckle too. If it had a pipe sticking out one side, I would say this looks like Popeye (the guy who loves his spinach, and his wife Olive Oyl). The other weird thing, it is purple. Yes, we have purple rocks here on the North Coast of British Columbia. Now how cool is that!

Little Storm Passing Over Town As We Travel Home

This was the last leg of our day trip. This shot was taken while going over the Sande Overpass in Terrace, BC, looking West. I was the passenger–not driving–while I took the shot. What you are looking at here is a small hail storm that was just leaving town, heading West, the direction we just came from. As we traveled through it, we only got maybe a one kilometer stretch of storm, then it was over, as it moved westward. So, it was a good end for a super sunny weekend. After the storm passed, it cleared up again, so all was good.

We never stuck around for the sunset, becuase we had dinner, then I needed to get to bed for an early start tomorrow, but I am sure it was awesome. The rain stopped, and by the time I got home, the Sun was out again. It was then I realized just how long the days are here up North–it is still light out by 9:00pm! Crazy! You do not like the weather now, then just wait five minutes, it will change.


Car Wash Rock

There it was, with water dripping from the rocks onto the road, the famous Car Wash Rock on Highway 16, on the Terrace to Prince Rupert, BC stretch, not to far from the rail tunnel we were just at. It was just water running down from it, not ice, so we only experienced just a sprinkle on the windshield. You could say, we have the car washed, for free, at Car Wash Rock. There were crows too, drinking the water on the road, that was dripping down–that was weird. Thankfully it was to warm for any ice to fall on us–I have heard the stories–but nothing the wipers could not handle. 

This was a “drive by shooting” as it would have been hard to pull over and get out to get this shot. You can see the reflection of Suz.’s green frog (on the dashboard) from the off the windshield–lower left. The traffic speeds through here quite fast, so you do not want to be on the road, with a camera, while on coming traffic are watching the water from the rocks too, and navigating around the conner at the same time. Being hit is a good possibility if you stop and photograph this from the road.

The Forest of Moss: On Ferry Island

These look like “sprouts” when I first seen the image in my photo editor. I was quite happy with these images, and I think I took about ten shots of this clump of moss on a tree stump just off the road that goes North to South, on Ferry Island. Ferry Island in on the Skeena River, just East of Terrace, BC; a great place for a small hikes. The moss was a brilliant green colour, rather fresh, obviously this spring’s growth, and quite thick, which is why I stopped to photograph it.

I used my Sony 30mm Macro lens, and took these shots at about one to two centimeters away. This is why I love this lens so much, its min. focal length is around five millimeters–very close. With all of sun light, this was the perfect time of day to do shots like this. I think my shutter speed was one thousandth of a second, with my aperture set at f2.8.

You see why I like this tiny cheap lens so much! Shots like this are awesome, and I think the lens was about $100.00. Next to my 114mm lens, this is the only other prime lens I own now. The world looks so different when you are this small.

The Shadowy Trail of Ferry Island

With the Sun hovering pass late noon on the service access road on Ferry Island, I took this photo, thinking that it looked neat the way the Sun casting its light through the trees on the road. By this time, the temperature was a blustery 15C, and I felt I had to undo my jacket from the spring day warmth. It was hard to get the shot too becuase of the amount of people who were also out hiking, as I did not want people in the photo. But with time ticking by, and I needed to get to a bathroom, this was the time to get the photo, with people out in the distance. The other folks were far enough away, it did not mess the composition of the image too badly.

I have seen many shots taken from this vantage point, but none had shadows like this in them. So I felt quite lucky with the timing. Once the leaves are out, this place is always in the shade, but with the Sun so high in sky, the shadows seem sharper and more pronounced than usual this time of year. Sadly, you only get to see this image as a 500 x 300 pixel image, you should see it as a 6000 x 3000 pixels.

Hole In The Wall

After several trips down the highway between Terrace and Prince Rupert, BC, we finally found the very small train tunnel some locals call, “The Hole In the Wall.” It is hard to find due to the bushes and tree growth along it and the highway. For the record, the tunnel is about a half hour drive from Terrace, BC, if you drive the speed limit, and is after the level train crossing and Car-Wash-Rock, another famous land mark along the road. With the sunny skies, we picked the perfect time of day to shoot the tunnel.

ADDED: Quote from Suz., “Heading from Terrace, this is after the Kasiks overhead rail crossing on the highway and the turn-off for the Kasiks Wilderness Resort.”

I was using a 144mm lens, so fairly wide, to show you just how close to the road this is to the highway. Actually, in this shot, you are looking at the “old” road, as it was before the 1980’s. The main highway is about twenty metres further away. Behind me are thirty years of tree growth, so hard to see if you are just driving down the road.

Also, the tunnel itself is not very long, perhaps fifty metres in length, as you can see the light from the other side where the sun was shining.The question I ask is, why build it, when you can either go around it, or blast more rock away to make it less of a corner. But, they did it, it looks neat. As far as I know, this is the only train tunnel along this stretch of highway between Terrace and Prince Pupert.

Pussy Willows Buds are Out

For the record, these are what my mother told me these were–pussy willows. Actually, I have no idea what their scientific name is, or what the locals call them, so, for the purposes of this post, I will refer to them as pussy willows. During my youth, a long time ago, seeing these pussy willows here in Thornhill meant that this was a sure sign that the full on spring season has started. Now, you can throw your winter gear back into the closet, and whip out the (warmer) summer clothing, with rain gear too, as spring also signals the Rainy season. On a supper nice day, with nothing but clear skies, seeing these pussy willows popping out among the trees is a sight for sore eyes–winter is behind us now–for good–until next year.

According to Suz., the Mason Bees really loves these pussy willows. As I was photographing this shot, above and blow, the tiny bees were all around me, taking as much pollen as they could carry with them. As for the true name of these little baby bees, I am not sure either. Some call them Mason Bees (though I am not sure they eat cement, are members of the Free Mason Society, or just hide among cracks in the bricks of your house), or call them orchard Bees, someone please tell me?

Anyway, enjoy the day! Must go now–Suz., has arrived!

Construction at the Four-way Stop Begins

This started about last Monday, or so, when the clearing started. I first noticed the surveyor’s ribbon marking the side of the road, then it moved to the trees, and then on Tuesday (April 10, 2018) the Arborists started their work. By Wednesday, well over the ninety per cent of the area was cut down, and by today, most of the wood and branches had been cleared away. With the change to skyline, comes the great view from the road, but a huge change nonetheless for most who grew up here over the years. But this is all in the name of progress, as next year, we should see a double lane round-about in this very spot.

In the above image, I am looking West, towards Terrace, at the New Bridge. It is here that the new round-about will be built.

I know that they had to cut down the trees now, this time of year to beat the birds that might nest here. Apparently, you cannot cut down trees with nesting birds in them–it would be uncool and not nice to the birds if you do this. The trees are cleared now, and then work will slowly begin without the knowledge of hurting any birds.

Because people were not suppose to collect firewood during the clearing, the Highways Contractors hired a security guy to make sure no one entered the Construction Zone. Even signs were posted at both entrances, and along the main highway stating that you must keep out. I am not sure if this guy is posted all night and day, but I felt sorry for him–a boring job–to say the least.

Anyway, the view has changed now in an impressive way. In this image you can see the “really old highway” that connected to the Old Skeena Bridge and Queesnway Drive, and the new route that connects the bridge traffic to the newer junction of HWY16 and 37, the Kitimat Highway (upper road).

Kick’n Back On A Friday

Regardless if it is Friday the Thirteenth today, it is, and I am happy that it is just Friday, the end of the work week, and I am ready to start my weekend with full anticipation of a great couple of days ahead. The week past was just as typical as the week before, with a few hick-ups that caused some excitement, but for the most part, I would call it a routine and typical one. Work was good as well, with about the same status as my private time, the same amount of excitement, but that quickly went into the “normal” class of “typical,” on the scale of “normal.” But the past week did have a moment of discovery. 

Going through my year end taxes, that evil part when the Government asks you to calculate all the money that says you owe it, and to make sure it balances out, I discovered an “investment” error from my former employer’s RRPS company that handles its “extended benefits” for us employees. The mistake came in the form of how much it took from my income as its allotted amount that is says it took for my long term “investments.” Sure, for most of you, 0.4 per-cent does not sound like a lot, but in the business of Corporations who are nickle and dimming their consumers, this is a billion dollar money machine game they play. As for my former Employer, I am sure they are in on it too. As far as my Government is concerned, who cares, it is not their money–I over paid. I phoned them on Thursday, only to be railroaded with long waits on hold, and the endless run around from the human voices on the other end.  Am I ashamed–yes–I am sorry I worked for these people now–they are lairs.

On a happier note, I got to see a natural spring, right near where I work, in an area where you would never suspect to see one.  I swore to the secret location, never to reveal it because it is on private property, and the owner says that the City has no ideas it is here. But it was amazing to watch it, as the water gurgled away into a little pond. The property owner says the water runs all year around, and never freezes completely in winter. This place, the Skeena Valley, is a geological treasure trove. It is unreal what lurks below our feet. To bad it was not a hot spring–free and natural hot tub! 

The main intersection of Highway 16, and Highway 37 saw some changes that people took notice this weekend. They are starting to clear out the trees along the main road and the Old highway, to make way for the “Round-about” being built for 2019. I asked one the Construction guys that works where I work, why cut the tree now? He said that it is due to clearing them with no nesting birds in the trees. They cannot cut down trees with nesting birds on them. So now is the time to do that. As a side effect of all these trees being cut down, are the people who scooped in to collect the wood for firewood for themselves. Apparently, no one was allowed to touch that wood, as that area is an active construction zone. Perhaps when people who live in Terrace see free useful items, everyone lays claim to it regardless of the legal issues–firewood being one of those. Anyway, enjoy the free firewood.

The weather is slowly becoming like what spring weather should be. This morning I did have ice on my windshield, so the nights are cool, but the days are getting nicer. I suspect that this weekend will have an ice-cream stop in it too, like last week. Wearing shorts, is back too–a good sign that winter is long-gone. Overall, I think during my holidays, I will swap my winter tires over to summer’s. Sigh.

Well, time to do some real work now. Happy Friday the Thirteenth everyone—err TGIF, I mean! LOL

Pieces of Bornite

Today I am going to talk about Bornite, and not just the mineral, but the Mountain, and the Bornite Range too. But first I bought some small chunks from a booth at last weekend’s Terrace Wellness Expo at the Terrace Sportsplex arena, called “For the Love of Rocks.” A catchy name for a rock proprietor, I must say so myself. I guess I am a sucker for things shinny, like quarts and Bornite. Anyway, on with the story.

But while I was digging around on the Internet searching as to what Bornite is, and where to find it, I was amazed that just a hope-skip-and-a-jump from where I live, there is the mountain called Bornite Mountain, which is part of the Bornite Range, just less than eight clicks (Metric) North from me. It remains to be said if there are deposits of Bornite in it or not, as no one definitively said yes, or no to that question. I am going to assume that where you find Copper Ore, so too Bornite be lurking in with the rocks. From my research, Bornite is from Copper Ore, so it could be quite possible that there is indeed Bornite in these hills. Perhaps a hike is in in order?

I bought these from a lady at one of the booths at the Wellness Expo last weekend. Her business is located at a place outside of Smithers, BC, called Telkwa, BC. She does not have a store, yet, but runs from with in her home. The company’s names is “For the Love of Rocks,” and with some on-line sleuthing, I am sure she can be located with her rocks. I bought these from her for a few dollars, so I thought to myself this is a good price. There were not many left, so I grabbed the three common colours she had left, Purple, Green and Gold one each. Anyway, they look sparkly neat with their colourful shine.

Sorry – all I could find of her, is her FaceBook Page. I guess she has no proper Website yet.