We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we drove south almost down to Shingle Beach and then turned left and up into the extensive new logging area. We parked where the road levels off and heads south and then started walking in the same direction to the first Y junction. The right fork headed down slope for some distance and eventually did a U turn to an area where we could see we were not far from the sea which we could see through a belt of open forest below the road. An old overgrown logging road gave us an easy route down to our planned lunch spot on a part of Shingle Beach close by the old cottages we have visited many times before.
My photo this week is of part of a fallen section of tree trunk that had become covered with mosses and several different fungi that I assume are members of the bracket fungus family, Polyporaceae. I'm not sure exactly what these are, but I can say there seemed to be quite a few different varieties on this log and some like it appear in online photos. If you are interesting in putting a name to them you might look in one site that I found interesting:—
While having lunch we were surprised to see quite far out to sea one or two quite active Humpback Whales. They tend to be more often seen recently off the north end of Texada, around towards Van Anda and over on the mainland side of Malaspina Strait.
Bracket Fungus on a rotting log that has been lying on the ground a very long time — not far from the old cottages on Shingle Beach.