Dan and I went for a morning paddle out and around the islands. It was raining but not windy when we set out but turned to windy but not rainy later! In spite of the weather we saw a good collection of birds (18 species: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S78679994). The birds we see in winter are a pretty lot!
The tide was very high when we set out - possibly the highest I have seen it paddling so we decided to check out how the cacti were doing in cactus islet inlet. The main bunch had a small section underwater which must happen a few times a year. The arbutus trees looked beautiful in the rain and there is a lichen, moss and fern covered slope that also looked wonderful.
|The prickly pear cactus patch - clck to enlarge|
|some of the lichen cushions - click to enlarge|
The lichens seem to do pretty well out here with little pollution and no trampling. The tide was so high that were were able to paddle out a channel to the beach on east Chatham and only had to portage about 20 feet!
|cactus islet inlet click to enlarge|
|we paddled over land that is usually dry! click to enlarge|
|This is normally dry! click to enlarge|
|Dan getting out for the portage - click to enlarge|
|my track showing were I was stopped by the current - click to enlarge|
|the overall route click to enlarge|