A raven, the rain and some berries

The weather here in Kitimat on Saturday, November 3, 2018, was miserable, with heavy rain. I don’t often get ravens in my backyard but on Saturday morning, one landed in the mountain ash tree in my backyard to sample the berries. You can tell just how wet it was from the drips on the berries.

The raven gulps down two mountain ash berries.

Sony Alpha 55 (the camera I always keep by my backdeck) with a Tamron 70- 300.

A soggy day in Kitimat harbour as the spring migration comes north

On Thursday, April 19, was a soggy, to say the least, with wind-driven, cold, pouring rain when I went down to Kitamaat Village and Kitimat harbour to photograph the spring bird migration.  The highlight were the snow geese I saw both at MK Bay  (above) and at the Kitamaat Village soccer field. (Robin Rowland)

A bald eagle, drenched in the pouring rain, at the mouth of Whatl Creek near MK Bay Marina. (Robin Rowland)

A crow takes off from the sea grass in pouring rain near Kitamaat Village. (Robin Rowland)

Snow geese feed at the Kitamaat Village soccer field (Robin Rowland)

A snow goose at the Kitamaat Village soccer field. (Robin Rowland)

Snow geese fly past MK Bay. (Robin Rowland)

An Oregon junco on the waterfront. (Robin Rowland)

Mallards take to the wing as a bald eagle passes overhead (Robin Rowland)


A gull passes two bald eagles in the low tide puddles of Whatl Creek near Kitimat Harbour (Robin Rowland)

Two bald eagles in the low tide puddles of Whatl Creek near Kitimat Harbour (Robin Rowland)

Raindrops fall on the head of an American robin who posed on a log beside my car just as I was getting ready to leave. (Robin Rowland)


A rainy night in Vancouver

The rainbow crosswalks on Davie St. in Vancouver’s westend gay village on a night of heavy April rain. (Robin Rowland)


A freighter anchored in Vancouver’s English Bay is seen through fog and heavy rain. (Robin Rowland)

Canada Day, Kitimat, BC, July 1, 2016


Two women dressed as suffragettes hold a Canadian flag during the Canada Day parade in Kitimat, July 1, 2016. The theme for the parade marked one hundred years of the woman’s vote in Canada. (Robin Rowland)



The parade began in heavy rain. (Robin Rowland)


Mayor Phil Germuth wields water guns during the parade. Everyone was soaked anyway in the pouring rain. (Robin Rowland)


A cartoon by Kitimat resident Gerry Hummel celebrates the suffrage movement in Canada. (Robin Rowland)



Another float also celebrates women’s suffrage. (Robin Rowland)


A woman marcher also celebrates women’s suffrage. (Robin Rowland)


The Spirit of Kitlope Dancers. (Robin Rowland)


Councillor Rob Goffinet marches in the parade. (Robin Rowland)


A small boy with Canadian flags rides a pony. (Robin Rowland)


The Unifor float. (Robin Rowland)


A boy in a soapbox race car. (Robin Rowland)


A large float urging approval of the LNG Canada project represents an LNG tanker. (Robin Rowland)


The District of Kitimat and Mayor Phil Germuth honoured former Kitimat Daily editor Walter McFarlane for his 10 years of service to the region as a journalist. (Robin Rowland)


Phil Germuth granted former mayor Joanne Monaghan with the Freedom of the District of Kitmat. (Robin Rowland)

Remembrance Day, Kitimat, BC, November 11, 2015


A new plaque at the Kitimat cenotaph commemorates service in Afghanistan, see on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2015. (Robin Rowland)



A member of the Royal Canadian Legion distributes poppies and programs before the Remembrance Day Service. (Robin Rowland)


Before the “Guardians of Remembrance” service, someone left three red roses on the cenotaph. (Robin Rowland)


A small boy wears an RCMP uniform at the service. (Robin Rowland)


The Royal Canadian Mounted Police lead the parade to the cenotaph. (Robin Rowland)


Army Cadets and Girl Guides were also part of the parade. (Robin Rowland)


Bugler Derrick Stoigny sounds the Last Post, as Marg Bogaert of the Legion salutes and Mayor Phil Germuth bows his head. (Robin Rowland)


Across the country on its one hundredth anniversary, John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields was recited or sung. In Kitimat it was the Sine Nomine choir. (Robin Rowland)


One of the singers from Sine Nomine. (Robin Rowland)


A former peacekeeper lays the wreath on behalf of the Canadian Forces. (Robin Rowland)


Mayor Phil Germuth prepares to lay a wreath on behalf of the District of Kitimat. (Robin Rowland)


The Winterhawks hockey team witnessed the 2015 Remembrance Day service. (Robin Rowland)


Marg Bogaert salutes during the playing of “God Save the Queen,” as the 2015 Remembrance Service comes to an end. (Robin Rowland)

Super tide on the Skeena

"Super" low tide on the Skeena River at Telegraph Point, Sept. 28, 2015 (Robin Rowland)

“Super” low tide on the Skeena River at Telegraph Point, Sept. 28, 2015 (Robin Rowland)

I had great plans for shooting the super moon and the eclipse blood moon on Sunday night, September 27. Unfortunately the ideal shot of the moon rising over our iconic Mt. Elizabeth (which I have captured in the past) was impossible, there was a storm blowing in, and the overcast was so heavy that dark moon wasn’t even visible.

But today, I captured the related super tide –at low tide–which is the shot, I am sure, no one was looking for. To be honest, I was trying to shoot fall colours on a gloomy day where the Skeena lives up its original in name in the language of the Tsimshian First Nation, K-shian, “water that falls from the clouds,” also translated as “river of mists” and now is colloquially called “the Misty River.”

I was amazed at the Skeena was so flat, and so low at a time when it had been raining for the past couple of days and should have been much higher.

A few hours later when I was driving  back from Prince Rupert, in a pounding rain and wind storm, the river was actually higher than I had ever seen it before.

I didn’t realize what I had until I was watching  the weather segment on the CBC National, and the Weather Network presenter mentioned there was a super tide.  Google checks confirmed that a super tide accompanies a super moon.



Telegraph Point, on the Skeena, taken at 1135 hrs on September 28.

Telegraph Point is about 44 kilometres (27 miles) inland from where the Skeena reaches the Pacific Ocean, and the tides do reach even further inland than that.   Low tide at Prince Rupert  was at 0811 on Monday. There aren’t tide tables this far inland (not needed for sailors)

As I arrived for an  appointment in Prince Rupert, it started to rain. By the time I had completed my appointment and had had lunch, I drove back in a wind driver rain storm. I stopped briefly at Telegraph Point and grabbed some quick shots.

This shot, roughly the same angle as the first low tide shot,  was taken at 1457, just after high tide at Prince Rupert at 1426.  You can’t see it in a still image, but  in the river the water was moving rapidly upstream.


This was taken at 1512 from the same spot as the first low tide shot.


Another angle from Telegraph Point taken during the storm at 1512.

(All images above taken with Sony Alpha 55)


This was one of my first shots of the day, taken about 25 kilometres further upstream at 1101. (taken with Sony Alpha 6000)


Shots of fall colors along the Skeena, October 16, 2014.


DFO tide table for Prince Rupert, Sept. 28

Supermoon means supertides

Supermoon 2015 to cause highest ‘super tides’ for 19 years (Independent UK)