Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Boundary Bay, walking inland.

Fireweed, cattails, and more.

Boundary Bay isn't just about the bay, or the sand dunes. Further inland is an old dyke, now serving as a walking & cycling trail. It provides vistas of grassy meadows blending into wetlands. It's a snipey place during shorebird migrations.

Strange impressions in the grass. Turf that looks like surf.

On the eastern, mostly drier side, grasses dominate, with stands of hardhack (Spirea) where water pools in spring.

Spot the cyclist.

I don't know why the long grass was flattened in spots, as if elephants had rolled there.

Back to wet: a dense, blue-green patch of tule-a bulrush, Scirpus sp. In the breeze the seed-head dance mesmerizes, lights up the brain's happy centres. A pondering bench is needed.


Karen said...

Maybe the elephants were pondering the bulrushes and hence the indentations. Could it be deer or bears, or do you not have those so close to the city?

Hugh said...

Karen, This is in Tsawwassen, a mostly suburban place certainly bear-free, likely deer-free too (which makes it sound like a good thing). The weird flattened places do look like deer beds, but are larger, garage-sized.

randomtruth said...

Minds of a feather...

I see those long grass & reed patterns in the parks around me here too Hugh. Not sure, but I think they're created by wind effects as the grasses get really tall and unstable. Bears and deer really don't bed down in open areas, and when I've looked at the patterns I haven't seen any scat or other signs of big animal presence. Both animals will happily poop right where they sleep.

Being North America, I guess we can rule out poppy-stoned Kangaroos too.

Gotta love a good mystery.


Hugh said...


You're probably right. Windprints. Drunken wallabees would be more fun though.