The next hike will be on Saturday, 1st September.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we had another very pleasant day and did the very popular Mt. Grant circular trail route. There are several viewpoints on this hike and more than one spot where we can sit and enjoy interesting views in different directions — to the west towards Mt. Davies and Vancouver Island, to the north and to the east looking towards Powell River and the distant Coast Mountains. Now that the prevailing winds have kept the forest fire smoke away from the coast for a while it's well worth climbing again to some of our higher viewpoints.
My photo this week is of a very fresh specimen of a butterfly that is fairly common in the summer on the higher parts of the island. The Pine White lays it's eggs on the needles of conifers and the adults are especially attracted to flowers with some yellow colour in them.
Pine White butterfly, [Neophasia menapia] feeding from a roadside daisy near Mt. Davies.