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Mt. Nusatsum

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mixed Weather Weekend

The May long weekend for Saturday and Sunday has been mixed.  This is traditionally garden planting weekend for all the main season crops.  It's been good for that because the sunny parts of the weekend have been in the high teens, but we had some rain showers Saturday afternoon as well.  It's the time of year when all the brush and grass explodes and everything is very green in the Bella Coola Valley. Grizzly

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

High Water Freshet & Rain

Last week the hot weather brought the Bella Coola River and tributaries up sharply.  Then on Saturday and Sunday the rain started and we got a fairly substantial rainfall over a few days.  The river came up even more and was flowing pretty good, but well below any threat of a flood level.  It's subsided a bit this week, because we are back to seasonal temperatures, but fairly pleasant.  Grizzly

Friday, May 10, 2013

Sandhill Cranes

While traveling across the Chilcotin Plateau between Bella Coola and Williams Lake this week, I noticed a couple of Sandhill Cranes flying along close to Highway 20.  I waited for them to land in a meadow and then walked to the edge and took this picture.  They are a large beautiful bird standing 4' tall.  Occasionally they stop in the Bella Coola Valley on their migrations. Grizzly

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Atnarko River Freshet

Here's a photo of the normally clear and much smaller Atnarko River with the runoff from the spring freshet starting at the beginning of the week.  Grizzly

Monday, May 6, 2013

Freshet Starts

The much advertised heat wave hit the Bella Coola Valley on Saturday this weekend when we saw temperatures of 27 or 28C and Sunday and Monday were similar.  It only took about 24 hours for the effects of the heat and warm nights on the snow pack melt to be seen in the Bella Coola River.  Today it's up over half a metre and has the spring brown colour which we'll see until late May or early June when the glacial green and grey kicks in.

The warm weather has been very nice for early in the month. Grizzly