<p><i>Ligia occidentalis</i>, Ligiidae<br />
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
July 6, 2012</p>

California Sea Slater

Ligia occidentalis, Ligiidae
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
July 6, 2012

<p>Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
July 6, 2012</p>

Point Atkinson Lighthouse

Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
July 6, 2012

<p><i>Sedum acre</i>, Crassulaceae<br />
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
July 6, 2012</p>

Goldmoss Stonecrop

Sedum acre, Crassulaceae
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
July 6, 2012

<p><i>Brodiaea coronaria</i>, Liliaceae<br />
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
July 6, 2012</p>

Harvest Brodiaea

Brodiaea coronaria, Liliaceae
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
July 6, 2012

<p><i>Gaultheria shallon</i>, Ericaceae<br />
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
July 6, 2012</p>

Salal

Gaultheria shallon, Ericaceae
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
July 6, 2012

<p><i>Rubus armeniacus</i>, Rosaceae<br />
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
July 6, 2012</p>

Himalayan Blackberry

Rubus armeniacus, Rosaceae
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
July 6, 2012

<p><i>Spiraea douglasii</i>, Rosaceae<br />
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
July 6, 2012</p>

Douglas' Spiraea

Spiraea douglasii, Rosaceae
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
July 6, 2012

<p><i>Amelanchier alnifolia</i>, Rosaceae<br />
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
July 6, 2012</p>

Saskatoon

Amelanchier alnifolia, Rosaceae
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
July 6, 2012

<p><i>Poecile rufescens</i>, Parulidae<br />
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
July 6, 2012</p>

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Poecile rufescens, Parulidae
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
July 6, 2012

<p><i>Mahonia nervosa</i>, Berberidaceae<br />
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
July 6, 2012</p>

Dwarf Oregon-grape

Mahonia nervosa, Berberidaceae
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
July 6, 2012

<p><i>Holodiscus discolor</i>, Rosaceae<br />
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
July 6, 2012</p>

Ocean Spray

Holodiscus discolor, Rosaceae
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
July 6, 2012

<p><i>Rubus spectabilis</i>, Rosaceae<br />
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
July 6, 2012</p>

Salmonberry

Rubus spectabilis, Rosaceae
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
July 6, 2012

<p><i>Certhia americana</i>, Certhiidae<br />
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
July 6, 2012</p>

Brown Creeper

Certhia americana, Certhiidae
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
July 6, 2012

This post is once again reaching back into the archives to last summer’s trip to Vancouver. Sara and I decided to take the Sea to Sky on our trip back to Edmonton. On the way we stopped for a short hike at Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. Sara was eager to check out the intertidal zone so we walked along Beacon Lane Trail as directly as possible (no mean feat for me when naturalizing) to the rocky shore at the south end of the park. I spent a bunch of time hoping between rocks shooting the California Sea Slaters and wildflowers growing in cracks. While introduced, Goldmoss Stonecrop was one of the most striking flowers growing along the shore. Its succulent sessile leaves and bright yellow flowers make this plant very distinctive.

While the birding wasn’t spectacular, I did add Townsend Warbler to my life list. I was also able to get some decent shots of a Chestnut-backed Chickadee although the focus is a bit soft as my camera was still set on Aperture priority from earlier macro work; it is a common hazard when switching from macro to telephoto. We saw or heard 16 bird species in three hours (for full sightings see KMZ file below) while birding along the shore and on our return trip down the valley trail.


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