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.
After a few dull days have stacked up in the Bella Coola Valley you start to hope for something 'bigger' to happen with the weather so you can get out of the weather rut you are in. If the dull days drag on too long, one strategy is to start looking for the finer points on what's going on for clues that the season is actually moving on. One plant my wife and I enjoy watching is the Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera) that is quite widespread in the valley. It grows along roadsides, streamsides and field margins. In the very late fall the green summer time bark starts to turn red and it seems to get more intense as the winter progresses a bit. Right now they seem to be at the peak and brilliant red. It's on dull days without much sky contrast that they seem to be at their best. They are also a favourite for browsing by deer in our area.
Weather today was just a little above zero in the morning followed by another mild day with rain showers tonight. Grizzly