North West Photo Fest Douglas Channel tour 2016

The early morning sun shines down on Coste Rocks, a small provincial park in Douglas Channel near Kitimat, August 7, 2016. (Robin Rowland)
The early morning sun shines down on Coste Rocks, a small provincial park in Douglas Channel near Kitimat, August 7, 2016. (Robin Rowland)

 

On the morning of August 7, North West Photo Fest took out our out-of-town special guests, Andy Clark, Paul Colangelo and Ali Ledgerwood on a tour of upper Douglas Channel, including the Kitimat Arm, Coste Rocks, Jesse Falls and the Kildala Arm, including the Dala and Kildala estuaries.

Our host was Rick Thompson, proprietor of the floating Tookus Inn.

A seal crawls on to one of the smaller Coste Rocks with the mountains and Douglas Channel in the background. (Robin Rowland)
A seal crawls on to one of the smaller Coste Rocks with the mountains and Douglas Channel in the background. (Robin Rowland)
A bald eagle skims over the tangled roots of driftwood in the Kildala River estuary. (Robin Rowland)
A bald eagle skims over the tangled roots of driftwood in the Kildala River estuary. (Robin Rowland)

 

Photographer Andy Clark on board the North West Photo Fest Douglas Channel tour. (Robin Rowland)
Photographer Andy Clark  on board Rick Thompson’s Hourston 26 foot sportsfisher, The Only Way,  during the North West Photo Fest Douglas Channel tour. (Robin Rowland)

 

Andy Clark watches as Paul Colangelo shoots as we approach Jesse Falls. (Robin Rowland)
Andy Clark watches as Paul Colangelo shoots as we approach Jesse Falls. (Robin Rowland)

 

Ali Ledgerwood enjoys the view as we leave Coste Rocks for Jesse Falls. (Robin Rowland)
Ali Ledgerwood enjoys the view from The Only Way as we leave Coste Rocks for Jesse Falls. (Robin Rowland)
Paul Colangelo on board the xxxxx (Robin Rowland)
Paul Colangelo on board The Only Way. (Robin Rowland)

 

Andy Clark, Paul Colangelo, Robin Rowland and Ali Ledgerwood at Jesse Falls. (Rick Thompson)
Andy Clark, Paul Colangelo, Robin Rowland and Ali Ledgerwood at Jesse Falls. (Rick Thompson)

 

A black bear mother and her cub on the shores of the Kildala estuary, (Robin Rowland)
A black bear mother and her cub on the shores of the Kildala estuary, (Robin Rowland)

 

A loon in the waters of the Kildala Arm (Robin Rowland)
A loon in the waters of the Kildala Arm (Robin Rowland)

 

A great blue heron lands on a tree near the Kildala estuary. (Robin Rowland)
A great blue heron lands on a tree near the Kildala estuary. (Robin Rowland)

 

Pigeon Guillemots line the top of Coste Rocks. (Robin Rowland)
Pigeon Guillemots line the top of Coste Rocks. (Robin Rowland)

Harbour seals regard a passing boat from the edge of Coste Rocks. (Robin Rowland) Harbour seal