A slice of Tofino

Surfable waves, trees turned into Bonsai like sculptures, moss covered everything, raindrop infested forests, sun dappled undergrowth, bird song and bogs. Pinch me…I might be in paradise. Oh yes and the famous ‘Fish Tacos’ from Tacofino. Our stay in an Airbnb in Jensen’s Bay has given us wonderful access to beaches, forests, food and fun. Follow along with this visual illustration to summarize our last few days.

The taco truck serves delicious food with the fish tacos a perennial favourite.

A Pacific Wren… a small bird with a big sound.

A Brown Creeper

Dark-eyed Junco.

More Skunk Cabbage.

Moss turns most surfaces into an inviting green mattress.

Most trees in this wet environment grow beards that put many a Santa Clause to shame.

My best efforts to create a sense of scale on these massive trees really doesn’t do them justice.

What the heck is going on here. I think I’ll grow out, no I think I’ll grow down, no best if I follow the crowd and just head for the sky. Indecision is apparently not unique to humans.

Nature keeps a very messy garden yet really knows how to coordinate growth among all living things in this rain forest. A nurse log fell many years ago and is providing nourishment for new trees, shrubs, moss and lichens.

Parks Canada has created this wonderful wooden walkway to wind walkers in a loop through a dense tangle of old and new growth.

A close up of unknown lichens presenting as a fancy hors d’oeuvre in a high end restaurant.

Reflections on a forest brought to you by some raindrops.

Giant rhubarb growing on the road to our Airbnb.

An information sign explains that salt spray, high winds, ice and time creates an environment where trees along the coast become misshapen into bonsai like sculptures.

A red squirrel chewing on a seed.

You really have to squint to see Japan as the next stop off Vancouver Island.

Last night’s sunset on Chesterman Beach with the Wickaninnish Inn just around the corner.

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10 Comments

  1. Sharell April 18, 2024 at 7:29 am #

    I love the West Coast rain forest and ecosystem which you have captured so beautifully in your photos. Nature is so fantastic and you have detailed some of the best!! Very unique!!!

  2. Kelly Koski April 17, 2024 at 6:51 pm #

    And the winner( for me )…..The raindrop!! Beautiful!!

  3. Kelly Koski April 17, 2024 at 6:50 pm #

    The trees, the beach, the moss, the Wren…impossible to choose – when the pictures are simply….Outstanding, Trent!!!

  4. Robert April 16, 2024 at 6:36 pm #

    Great photos!
    I like the happy face in the end of the nurse log..

  5. Farook April 15, 2024 at 7:51 am #

    Great bird pics !!

  6. Leona April 13, 2024 at 9:01 am #

    Gorgeous. Thank you, Trent.

  7. Jan April 13, 2024 at 8:17 am #

    Aaah, the westcoast of the Island, thank you Trent!

  8. Ray April 13, 2024 at 6:37 am #

    It would be interesting to see wood with such curved grain as wood from the indecisive or bonsai trees. I wonder what you would create with it?

  9. Anonymous April 13, 2024 at 6:33 am #

    It would be interesting to see wood with such curved grain from the bonsai or indecisive trees. I wonder what you would create in your shop with it.

  10. Earl April 13, 2024 at 5:56 am #

    I have been to Tofino several times but never saw it as I did through your lense. Your images and descriptions took me back. My favorite photos are the two raindrops: especially the first one.

    Well done again. Thanks for sharing.

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