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Taryn  My home is in Vancouver, but my heart is in the wilderness. Latest post on my blog 👇

Canada’s gnarliest tree was pretty hard to capture in a photo. I spent a long time wandering around the area looking at all the curves and burls on the trunk of this gorgeous old tree. It was pouring rain so the redness of the cedar was even redder. Lots more about my visit to this tree on my blog. Link is in my profile.
Photo 📍 traditional territory of the Pacheedaht First Nations.

Recently I met Doug. A few years ago he lost all his friends and now he lives all alone in the middle of a clear cut. That’s why people call him Big Lonely Doug. He is 70m tall and 4m wide -that’s pretty huge. Even Doug didn’t know this until recently, but he is the second largest Douglas Fir in the world. Doug is over 1000 years old so he’s seen a lot in his lifetime. I feel honoured to have met him while he still stands tall and proud.
Photo 📍traditional territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation

Last night’s sunset in Port Renfrew was 50 shades of pink. No filter on this one... taken with my telephone!
Photo 📍 Traditional lands of the Pacheedaht First Nation.

One of the white specks on those rocks is a mountain goat. Either that or a very mobile snow patch.
Photo 📍Nlaka’pamux traditional territory.

Exploring is never boring.
New post on my website about weird and wonderful things you can hike to near Vancouver. Link is in my profile.
Photo 📍: Traditional territory of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation

Some places in nature seem to have a power that’s all their own. This is one of those spots. It’s deep in a river canyon and the roar of the water echoes strangely off the sheer cliffs, making it feel like the sound is all around you. If you listen closely, the water sounds like singing or chanting in some language you can’t quite make out. The Nlaka’pamux people also felt power at this spot. Their youth came here on vision quests and used pigments to draw figures of people, animals and supernatural beings that came to them in dreams. If you look closely you can still make out some of the drawings, painted on to stone nearly 200 years ago.
Photo 📍Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Provincial Park, traditional territory of the Nlaka’pamux First Nations.

Last weekend’s adventures involved a bit of drizzle, some hail, below freezing night and lots of beautiful sunshine. Bring on summer!
Photo taken in the traditional territory of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation.

Right after this we saw a 🦊 Best wildlife sighting of the trip.
Photo taken in the traditional territory of the Southern Paiute, Western Shoshone and Serrano Native American tribes.
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Golden hour at the Golden Gate a few weeks ago. I can’t go on vacation without finding a bit of nature in every city I visit.
Photo taken in the traditional territory of the Ohlone Tribe.
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One of the biggest stumps I’ve ever seen. Imagine how big the tree would have been...
Photo taken in the traditional territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nation.
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I always thought that the landscapes in western films and Disneyland’s Thunder Mountain Railroad were made up. Turns out they’re real: in Joshua Tree. New post up on my blog. Link in profile.
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Some people escape winter by flying to the beach. I went to the desert.

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