Tansy Visits Goose Island

Speaking to old spruce that have been down for a long time can be a slow process.

Tansy had never been to British Columbia’s Central Coast. Her first time in this area turned out to be on Goose Island, one of the wildest places at the eastern edge of Hecate Strait. The Passing Cloud had anchored in a cove after the transit from Haida Gwaii and Tansy was pleased at the chance to go ashore, especially at a place that few people ever set foot.

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Hello, I am Tansy, carved with care and respect from Tilia americana. May we visit your home?

First stop was a quick walk among the ancient wind blasted spruce to make introductions and get their welcome to walk on their moss and beaches. They gladly gave the blessings to a crew that would only take photos and leave nothing but footprints.

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Spruce and Salal

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Forest edge

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While in the forest Tansy found berries, some edible ….

Salal berries – yum

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Salal thicket – a few days of picking required.

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… and some less so …

Bunchberry (probably edible but Tansy didn’t risk it)

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Back on the beach Tansy went for a long walk all the way around the cove and into another. There she saw tracks of Canada Geese, which seem very numerous on Goose Island

Tracks

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And huge boulders, dropped by ancient glaciers

Glacial Erratic

Erratics don’t say much these days

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But this one was a bit grumpy that its beautiful lines were obscured by bladder wrack

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Lurking in the sand

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At the beach edge was a huge stump with a wig of coastal plants

Green hair

 

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Some parts of the beach have zones of different sized sediments

Pebbles and sand, cobbles and boulders, sand

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And in some areas the underlying bedrock was spy hopping like whales out of the sand

Spy hopping bedrock

 

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Geese flew over, several times

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Tansy was thrilled with this find, but a missing handlebar meant she could not ride it safely

Seadoo

 

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After the long walk Tansy headed back to the zodiac and the Passing Cloud to head for her next port, relaxed from the serenity of Goose Island.

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The anchorage

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If you click on this link it will take you to a map of the Goose Islands – zoom out to see the location.

Please click here to see the website of Outer Shores Expeditions and for views of Passing Cloud, which was Tansy and her favourite photographer’s home for nearly three weeks…

Passing Cloud is over on the BC Central Coast at the moment, click here to see where she is right now!

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8 thoughts on “Tansy Visits Goose Island

  1. The islands that Tansy visits must relish the fact that she can communicate with the lifeforms she meets and greets. I can’t think of a better representative than a loving wooden Hitty.

  2. How very special to visit this island. Oh the stories those woods could tell and probably do to those with the senses to listen and understand. Thank you again for a special post.

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