A blog about life in the Bella Coola Valley and the Central Coast area of British Columbia for anyone interested in an incredible and rich part of BC's coast. I hope to provide my thoughts about things as simple as weather observations and seasonal issues, to comments about life and the natural history in the Bella Coola Valley, the Central Coast and the west Chilcotin area.
Note: All photos on this blog were taken by the author unless otherwise noted. While the photos and written material are all the property of the author and protected by Copyright, I'm not a professional photographer and you can use the photos if a link or attribution is provided back to my blog. If you have a need to use a particular photo and you want the high resolution file, leave a comment with your email (I won't publish it) and we can discuss what use you intend the photo for. Grizzly
A resident of the Bella Coola Valley and observer of the natural history, geography, resources, regional climate and cultural history of the Bella Coola Valley, Central Coast and the West Chilcotin area of BC.
With several more months of winter to go it's always tempting to start to think about the signs of spring when you have had a warm and wet spell like we had last week. Hazelnut trees (Corylus cornuta) while not native to the Bella Coola Valley are native to B.C. in both the Hazelton area and widespread throughout the south and eastern interior. In Bella Coola there are a few around which have been planted and do very well here. I find them interesting because this time of year the male catkin flowers start to change colour and actually grow. You don't notice it until one day you look at the tree and suddenly you realize something looks different and it's the masses of catkins getting closer to flowering. It's not to be taken as a sign of spring though, it's just an indication that things are progressing normally through the winter and it's something fun to watch. I'll try to get photos when it flowers and especially a photo of the female flower - if I can, they are so tiny and hard to see I may not.
Our trees produce some hazelnuts, but we rarely get to try them as every year just before they get to the picking stage the Stellar's Jays move in and before we know it they are all gone. Maybe one year we'll figure out how to outsmart them.
It was a nice break in the weather today, a change day from the dull and dreary to something brighter. We actually saw the sun for awhile and it looks like we are shifting back into something more wintry for the next few days. Grizzly