We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week we drove up Bell Road past Sienna Road and parked in the shade at the start of Hydro East Road. From there we hiked past Bell Farm on the main road and turned off on the forest road that starts at the gas pipeline cathodic protection installation. Then it was a fairly gentle shady route through the forest that took us across the Hydro East Road then onto the side road that ends at the recent clearcut with a wonderful view over Malaspina Strait.
My photo is of one of the more common butterflies on Texada and in the Pacific North-west. It happens to be feeding on the invasive weed the Tansy Ragwort that is considered toxic to domestic livestock.
A Common Wood Nymph on the bright yellow flowers of Tansy Ragwort.