Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Monday, March 1, 2010

First Mosquitoes

It's not an event to celebrate in the Bella Coola Valley, but it does mark the passage of another winter when the first mosquitoes appear.  Unfortunately we've reached that time, this last weekend in the lower valley, those first big slow dumb mosquitoes, that must be holdovers from last year are out.  They are pretty easy to smack down before they bite, but you know the small, fast, smart ones are only another 6 weeks or so away. 

On a happier note, buds are a bursting from some of the real early shrubs, red elder berries (Sambucus racemosa) , and honeysuckle (Lonicera involucrata).  They are always some welcome greenery early in the year.
A number of other currants and wild roses are also in similar near bud burst condition.  The signs of spring are undeniable even though we are several weeks early.

The weather today had a calm before the storm feeling, with high uniform grey clouds and very calm, it felt like something serious was happening out on the coast, but it was a pleasant day in the Bella Coola Valley.  Grizzly

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