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.
I've been away on and off for the better part of two weeks and in that time the Bella Coola Valley has turned into that 'lime green' colour that is so pleasant in the spring with all the new leaves on the cottonwood, birch and alder that haven't fully darkened. The weather has been a real mix, with not much heat in the later half of April, lots of showery weather and low snow like this morning when the snow level was down to about 1500' on the mountains. Grizzly
According to Global TV, Bella Coola was the warmest place in Canada today at 13.6C! If we were the warmest - it doesn't say much about the weather in the rest of the country. Even at 13 it felt cool with the breeze when the sun wasn't out and snow from the rain Friday was 1/2 way down the mountains in the Bella Coola Valley.
It's perfect spring weather for one of the most pungent spring plants - the skunk cabbage plants. Our little grove has usually been uprooted and pruned by spring feeding bears by now but there has been none in it to date, so it's coming into full bloom. Hoping for warmer weather tomorrow for all. Grizzly
When it's time to do the first lawn mowing in the Bella Coola Valley, that's my barometer of spring and we are there. Last weekend's warmth with showery weather this week have greened up everything. Lots of trees budding and lawns are green. The weekend wasn't as good as the last one, more like an April showery weekend. But it's time to move on from winter activities at East Branch and concentrate on gardening. Grizzly