A quick flashback to sunnier times. This is a sea otter, rolled up in giant kelp. This particular individual has an established territory around Tree Island.
I've mentioned before the relationship between kelp and sea otters, but it's vital to otters for their survival. Kelp helps otters remain in one area, otters help kelp forests develop by eating species that would eat the kelp.
There's an interesting side note here though. As well as benefitting the kelp, which benefits the many species that rely on kelp habitat, sea otter presence in these areas also benefits... us!
A study was carried out to measure how much sea otters impacted carbon capture. More otters means less urchins, which means more kelp and more photosynthesis, so more carbon removed from the atmosphere. What they found was quite amazing. The presence of sea otters increased kelp forest carbon storage by 4.4-8.7 megatons. That's just a number, but that's equivalent to the amount of carbon produced annually by 3-6 million passenger cars. To put a price on it, personal carbon credits to cover the work done by sea otters would cost you between US$48,404,696.60 and US$95,709,282.83!
Winter, or storm watching season, is in full effect.
The wind is forecast to be 40-50 knots, along with large swell. The current forecast calls for 6-8 metre waves, building to 7-10 metres by tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon. Imagine that!
If you're out on the beaches around Tofino, stay safe. Parks Canada has recommended the Kwisitis Visitor's Centre Observation Deck or Florencia Bay Lookout as places to check out the waves. 🌊💨🌧🌊💨🌧
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Enjoying the simple life with the pup
If he only knew what a hippo would do to him in real life...
Belted Kingfisher...the male is identified by the lack of a rusty band on the chest that females have
A bit of blue breaking through
Going for the minimalist look this year. Makes decorating simple & inexpensive.
Now that's a kitchen that makes me want to whip up a family meal!
Comfortable, tastefully finished home with a legal 2-bed suite on a large, level lot in South Jingle Pot close to schools, amenities, & recreation. Offering 2,570 sqft of well-appointed living space with 5 beds & 3 baths, there is an open concept living/dining area featuring large windows, vaulted ceilings, hardwood flooring & access to front & rear decks, while the kitchen boasts shaker-style cabinets, stainless steel appliances & an island with an eating area. 🏡
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Two of the most powerful words you can say. And it's what you put after them that matters the most. Negative self-talk shapes everything about your reality. With that being said positive self-talk also shapes everything about your reality. -
But unfortunately many of us will say the worst things to ourselves. "I am not enough" "I am unworthy" "I am useless" I am not deserving" "I am unlovable" . The list goes on. Been there, done that. Ouch. Those words hurt. And we say them alot. -
But when you start digging deep to where these beliefs came from. You'll come to realize that; that's all they are... A belief. It's not the truth. It's just a belief. That's it. So now I want you to repeat the following words. And really sit in it. Believe it. Close your eyes and feel it. Who gives a crap if it feels silly. No one is judging you... except maybe you. -
I AM WORTHY. I AM BEAUTIFUL. I AM MAGNIFICENT. I AM CREATION. I AM SPIRIT. I AM DESERVING. I AM BRAVE. I AM COURAGEOUS 🦁. I AM INSPIRATIONAL. I AM A DAMN LION! I AM L O V E D 💓. -
I AM E N O U G H !!!!! I AM E N O U G H !!!!!
Did you say it? Out loud? Did you feel it? No?
SAY IT AGAIN. AGAIN. AGAIN. -
You have no idea what you are capable of until you start challenging those beliefs and see yourself for what you truly are. A wonderful, beautiful, magnificent human being here on earth to live a happy life. And you deserve it, more than you know.
“Don’t threaten me with your absence, I’ve survived my worst years alone. I make beauty out of chaos, it’s bred into my bones.” ~ Nikki Rowe // photos by @shantinaraephotography
During these rainy west coast winters, I sometimes find the weather can be a real bummer. When I feel a bit low, I go on what I call gratitude walks. No matter the weather, even if you’re at work, throw on your rain/snow gear and get your butt outside...even for 5-10 minutes. Try to find a park/beach/some green space and make a mental list of all the things you can think of that you’re grateful for ♥️ It always seems to help, even just a little.
Hope you have a beautiful Monday.
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Plans are coming together and the excitement is building. While usually this time of year I am planning Christmas shenanigans, this year we’ve decided to head to the hills. Revelstoke here we come!! Now I’ve got a week and a half to train to keep up to @shrediger
Almost 2 years ago exactly I photographed Sam and Rico's engagement session, then a beautiful summer wedding so full of love, and now... the most beautiful thing yet. Sweet lil babe on the way