There are a lot of news articles surfacing in the US, Japan, Peru and Australia about a developing El Nino condition. They are not calling it with certainty and some of the El Ninos that develop far out into the southern Pacific don't always have consequences for North America, but the data seems to be trending towards an emerging El Nino. As I recall for the Pacific BC Coast, past El Ninos can bring drier winters - some with very little snow and warm summers. The bad part is El Ninos are almost always followed by La Nina's and La Nina's can be evil, with big rainstorms followed by cooler wetter deeper snow winters for us. The last two years we experienced rare back to back La Nina's which if you've been reading the BellaCoolaBlog for awhile you will know the falls of 2010 and 2011 were memorable for all the wrong reasons around these parts.
The plant in the photo is the Rattle Snake Plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia), a lovely leafed plant of forests which is actually in the orchid family, but the flower spikes are not that spectacular, the leaves by far being the most attractive. Grizzly
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