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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Low Tide Walk to Tree Island

Sandy Island Marine Park on Tree Island is only accessible by walking at low tide. Andrew Fyson of the Denman Island Conservancy led a group of twelve walkers today, from 9:30 AM to 2 PM.

Link to British Columbia seaweed information http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/eflora/algae.html

An erratic on the beach (a granite boulder dropped by a retreating glacier during the last ice age).

Delphinium menziesii (Menzies' Larkspur)

Acer glabrum (Douglas Maple)

Walking towards Tree Island across the sand bars at low tide.

There were so many eagles on the shore that we lost count after about 75.

Pelvetiopsis limitata (Little Rockweed)

Gigartina exasperate (Turkish Towel seaweed ) and Dendraster eccentricus (Eccentric Sand Dollar)

Ulva spp. (Sea Lettuce)  and red seaweed.

Lathyrus maritimus (Beach Pea)

Plectritis congesta (Sea Blush)

Walkers have placed a row of Polinices lewisii (Lewis's Moonsnail) on a log.

Fritillaria lanceolata (Chocolate Lily)

Lupinus littoralis (Seashore Lupine)

 Malus fusca (Pacific Crab Apple)

Walking back to Denman Island across the sand bar from Tree Island, exposed at low tide.

Anthopleura elegantissima (Aggregating Anemone)

Anthopleura elegantissima (Aggregating Anemone)

Rock on the beach is the landmark for the stairs.
The stairs up from the beach.

A steep climb up.

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