Green Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Posted on 3rd November 2013 in adventure, nature

I have been driving by Green Lake my entire life on the beautiful Highway 97. I have camped at the Lake many times, and seen it in every season and weather imaginable. However, in recent years it’s just the middle of a long road for me from/to the north/south. I rarely stop there anymore to explore.

I did a shoot with Jilleena recently, and remembered how beautiful that area truly is, so the last time I was by I decided to take a detour around the lake. It added an hour to my journey, but oh was it worth it. Such a beautiful day.

I’ve always been in love with a forest of birch trees. Something about it makes me feel at one with nature, entangled in it’s beauty. When I was walking today with my mother, she told me how her grandmother – my great-grandmother – loved them because it reminded her of Latvia. Connection made.

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Tent Caterpillars in Prince George, BC, Canada

Posted on 8th June 2013 in animals, nature

This year Prince George has had an infestation of tent caterpillars: genus Malacosoma and in the moth family Lasiocampidae. It started as soon as the snow melted and still is here today; for at least a month now we’ve had nearly all of the coniferous trees infested with these hungry chompers. It’s really eerie walking through the forest and you take a moment to pause and listen. It sounds like a box of Rice Crispies snap-crackle-pop’ing in milk.

Doing some reading, I’ve found out the frequency of infestations varies a lot, but generally every 10 years or so they will have an infestation that can consume 10s of thousands of acres of trees. Typically they die off because, as all of these parasitic infestations tend to do, they’ve eaten so much they’ve run out of food supply. They eat themselves to death.

I remember when I was younger and we had an infestation, my brothers and I started collecting these things in ice cream buckets. Boy was mom proud of us that year.

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