Monday, April 30, 2007

Mt. Norman Orchids

We are moored in Bedwell Harbour on Pender Island. In the summer, this is a crowded and popular moorage, but this early in the season we are one of only a few boats. We do, however, have wireless internet - a luxury in such a beautiful and wild anchorage.
From here there is a fine hike through a coastal forest to Mt. Norman, a knob of rock about 600 feet above the water. In the woods today we found these Calypso Orchids growing in small clusters from the duff made up of the needles of firs and cedars.
On up the mountain, we came upon Pinedrops, which are not really orchids, but seem similarly exotic. When we lived near the Continental Divide in Colorado, the Pinedrops grew near our house in the pine woods. These plants are saprophytes, and don't produce any chlorophyll; they have always seems a little sinister to me, but at the same time I love to discover them along a path.
From the overlook, we discovered we could see down into the moorage, and captured this slot view of Indigo.


Blogger Owen said...

HUZAAH!! The first photo of the whole boat. 'Bout time.

; )

April 30, 2007 8:56 PM  
Blogger Steve and Jenny Brooks said...

If the Indigo sails close to Seattle again, let us know. We're feeling a bit guilty that we haven't been aboard yet! Sounds like you're enjoying the beauty of B.C.!

May 03, 2007 9:41 PM  

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