One more Masques watch please!

Greetings all.  I've just spent some time catching up on posts made while I was away and found them all very entertaining.  Doc, you were on a bit of a roll there...great discussions!

On this trip to Vancouver Island my wife and I took some time to study native art as we been looking for a carved mask for years.  We finally found one that would make a fantastic watch face One more Masques watch please!.  So while the Alaskan Tlingit tribe already contributed to Les Masques series, there are so many more Westcoast styles that perhaps this most beautiful of watch collections could continue forever? One more Masques watch please!

One more Masques watch please!

One more Masques watch please!

This contemporary mask by native artist David Mungo Knox from the Kwakwaka'Wakw tribe of Fort Rupert, British Columbia, represents Kumgwe' the chief of the underseas.  He is often portrayed with a loon on his head following the story of a loon mistaking Kumgwe' for an island because of his great size.  Kumgwe' is considered responsible for tides and whirlpools.  It is our belief that he followed us during our hike along the West Coast Trail as the tides were always against us, chasing us off the beaches and into the forest almost every day One more Masques watch please!.

We also enjoyed the company of a young cougar that wandered through our camp, thankfully it was during the night while we were asleep.  We know how important it was to keep our camp clean and free of food odours...but this night proved it for sure as the cougar only left it's tracks in the sand for us to discover in the morning.

One more Masques watch please!

When not on the beach, we followed the forest trail for most of the 75km route.  As the most northerly rain forest, the ground was often knee-deep in mud or water.  Logs and ancient boardwalks were very slippery and resulted in several falls.  The trail has been improved over the years, with knotted ropes now replaced by hundreds of ladder systems, some over 250 steps!

One more Masques watch please!

Our best times were the infrequent jaunts along the beach, even if the sand was soft and tiring to walk on.  Just the smells and sights of the ocean were a tonic for sore muscles.  Unfortunately, most injuries on the West Coast Trail occur from slips on the wet rocks and in tidal surge channels.  About 150 to 200 people have to be evacuated every year for such injuries, but they can wait 24hrs for help as all rescues come by boat.

One more Masques watch please!

One more Masques watch please!

We returned to the start by boat, which covered in 4 hours the distance it took us a week to hike One more Masques watch please!.  Fortunately, our captain spotted a pair of gray whales so we could take pictures.

One more Masques watch please!

We were also entertained by the noisest musicans on the ocean...sea lions!  You could hear them well before you could see them, and if downwind you could also smell them...

One more Masques watch please!
that would have been a fantastic choice especially for the 3rd
10/01/2009 - 11:37
series which did feature some very unusual masks. Looked like you had a phenomenal time in those gorgeous surroundings. Thanks for sharing
Love your pics!
10/01/2009 - 17:49
Yes I was on the roll, but that's what we shall do isn't it You are doing the right thing, travelling, watching and discovering, continously! You my friend has really understood what life is about Hope I can start moving in some months, right now I'm installing an air/water pump, makes heat water between +25° to +55°C from the air all way down to,  an outdoor temperature of -15°C, and will be connected to the house heating circulation system. Amazing but true This will reduce my heating costs dramatically. Better use the money on travels like you Thanks again for your post Doc
This Mask would indeed have been a great one
10/02/2009 - 08:54
although I think the bird's wings would have been partly chopped off to fit it into the case... As always, thanks for the beautiful nature shots! I was in Canada during the first 3 weeks of September. Weather was amazing, in 3 weeks we only had one day of rain, and the rest of the time there wasn't a cloud in the sky. I didn't see any cougars, but we had a black bear come and visit our garbages a few times during the holiday.  Not sure if the situation was similar in the West, but in the East it rained so much during summer that not enough wild berries came out, forcing the bears to go much further south than usual to try to find some food. Cheers, Francois
A real tragedy...
10/03/2009 - 02:47
Francois, your story reminds me of a great tragedy that occurred in Alberta this summer.  This is a small town in the northern part of the province that has an unfenced garbage dump.  Bears were attracted to the garbage and for some bizarre reason the Wildlife officers decided to shoot them!  They killed TWELVE black bears in the area!!  The town still doesn't have a fence around it's dump. The outrage caused a member of the government to criticize the Wildlife department but I'm not sure if that wasn't just for public appeasement.  Just recently a new study downgraded the number of grizzly bears in the province from over 800 to around 600, yet they are not listed as endangered.  The same politician says that more studies are needed.  Meanwhile they are considering issuing hunting licenses for grizzlies this year. Sometimes I'm ashamed to be homo sapien .
I'm disgusted,
10/03/2009 - 17:18
and still, the last idiot isn't born! Incredible that such things can happen in a civilized country. Here we are writing about some poor black Africans who kills elephants, because they get money for the ivory. But that is a different story, they and their families have to survive, and they don't know better. We of course know everything, especially if it happens in other countries.... We have a similar problem in Sweden, suddenly to many bears and wolves.. Only 10 years ago it was the opposite. Is it the Homo Sapiens who shall decide who should live or die? Let Mother Nature take care of itself. I feel disgusted by President loosers who jumps the 'hothouse effect' wagon. Already since the 1880 it's known that the glacier of Mount Kilimanjaro is melting, because the dryer local climate.  It wasn't so many cars in Africa or anywhere else in 1880... Talk about hypocrisy. I'm convinced that the 'hothouse effect' is the biggest bubble there is! If you look at the emperatures 1000 years back or only 150 years back you see big differences,  but you couldn't make a good living of 'hothouse effect' than! I have beside me a book where you can read: "It was a strange winter in Stockholm 1842-1843, No ice on the water, at Christmas the leaves of Lilacs developed.  At New Years Eve it was sold fresh pansies on the streets" ..... Doc
that is really sad to hear
10/05/2009 - 02:25
Issuing hunting licenses for grizzlies just doesn't make sense on the more positive side, it has been confirmed that the bear eating our garbage was captured, and taken back up in the north of Quebec.