Thursday, May 27, 2010

SkyWatch Friday #46 ~ Weather Skies

Since I arrived back on Haida Gwaii the weather has been cold, wet and windy.  I have been away long enough that it is taking me a while to re-acclimatize to coastal weather.
Our long weekend, the Victoria Day long weekend was stormy and cold but as usual the weather cleared after everyone went back to work and school.  The winds persisted after the skies cleared and the gulls were taking full advantage.
The cirrus clouds, which form above 23,000 ft or 8,000 m are an advant of changing weather, often stormy!
Later in the day these little puffy clouds known as Altocumulus (developing over 6,000 ft or 2,000 m.) showed up.
And then the big guys(stratocumulus forming below 6,000 ft or 2,000 m) moved in!
However by dusk any threat of bad weather was heading to the main land.
      And dusk (11 p.m.) was promising a nice tomorrow!

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

My World Tuesday ~ North Pacific Cannery

For those of you who visited my blog last week this was originally my SkyWatch Friday post but once I got caught up on sleep I realized I had run on at the mouth and the post was more suited to My World, so here it is revamped for My World!  
The beautiful Skeena River at Port Edward(Prince Rupert), BC
When you are in Prince Rupert, British Columbia and you get a sunny day there really is nothing more beautiful.
I have lived on the coast for 13 years now and have tried to visit the North Pacific Cannery every time I come over to Prince Rupert but it has been closed...we (four travellers waiting for ferries) got lucky last Sunday both with the weather and the cannery! 
Built in 1889 this is one of the last remaining canneries of 1000 which were located along the Pacific coast from San Fransisco, California to Skagway, Alaska.
 Last operated in 1980 these machines still work with the careful handling of old timers like "Spider", our amazing guide who worked at the cannery for 40 years and now serves as host and winter watchman.Archival photo BC Museum
This machine was used to slice the gutted and cleaned salmon in pieces that would fit into 8oz tins.
 One of four giant kettles that were used in the final sealing of the cans.
The company store.  Spider looked like he belonged there!
 The "Company" store was a teasure trove of antiques with a wonderful collection of goods and product on the shelves.
  The North Pacific Cannery produced salmon for export all over the world under 100 different labels.
I remember using one of these machines when I came to Canada in always had to watch out that the clothes you were wearing did not get caught in the wringer!
Waiting for the Steamer!
These trucks were being shipped to Ketchikan in 1901, this lawyer returning to Ketchikan felt right at home!
The office could only be staffed with European men except for the telephone switch board which was staffed by a woman and she was the fishery gossip and everyone's friend!
Rendering tanks were used to boil down fish offal and fish oil when the fishing season ended.  The cannery was not a place you wanted to live when this was happening, any clothes you were wearing usually needed to be burned rather than washed!
If you weren't careful you'd end up in the "salt chuck" or the "muck".  This was a slack tide where it is at its lowest and was turning to come in.  The water at high tide came just under the buildings.
There were three net sheds at North Pacific Cannery, the European, the Chinese and the First Nation, this is the first nation net shed.  The were used 24 hours a day to wash, hang and repair nets and they were the community centres for their respective populations.  Cultures were seperated at the canneries both in living environments and working environments.  Owners found that by keeping them seperate there was better production as there was always competition as to who would produce more.
     This is an original oil painting of the First Nations homes on the dock with the Net Shed to the right.  The little cabins were about 12' x 16' with kitchen and living in the front half and bunks stacked three high at the back.  Up to twelve people living in these little cabins built on pillings and connected by boardwalks.
She may be the best intact cannery on the coast but Mother Nature is taking her toll!
If you are ever in Prince Rupert, BC take the time to visit the North Pacific Cannery you will not be disappointed and you may get some beautiful skies as well!

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Weekend Reflections #35 ~ Cannery Walk

Strolling along the boardwalk at the North Pacific Cannery.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Weekend Reflections ~ Smiles

Prince Rupert, British Columbia is the rainiest city in Canada with an average yearly rainfall of 2600 mm or 102 inches
So buildings are brightly painted to keep spirits high.
I have to admit the bright colours always bring a smile to my face despite the grey skies.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

SkyWatch Friday ~ Skies along the Skeena

4:50 a.m. PDT
I am 100kms and two days from home and this morning I finished my road trip on the "hound".  This was the sight that welcomed us this morning at day light along Hwy 16 in northern B.C.  Don't know its name but it was breathtaking.
5:15 a.m. PDT
Outside of the first shot these are all "drive-by" shots from the bus.  These are the BC Coastal Mountains.
5:45 a.m. PDT
These are known as the Seven Sisters oustide of Hazelton, BC.
 6:10 a.m. PDT
Looking back from whence I came along the Skeena River.
7:00 a.m. PDT 
The long and not so winding highway.
8 a.m. PDT
The river, the road and the railway share a very narrow valley.
8:30 a.m. PDT
There is very little snow pack on the mountains for this time of year.
8:45 a.m.
Not a lot of "wiggle" room if you want to pass!
9:00 a.m. PDT
You can reach out and touch them.
9:15 a.m. PDT
Where the Skeena meets he ocean.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My World Tuesday ~ On The Road Again

Reluctantly, I left Ottawa and my grandson and his mom and dad Monday to travel that long ribbon of highway
on that big Grey Hound back to Haida Gwaii!  I am currently on the only WiFi I have found since leaving Ottawa at an A&W in White River, Ontario on the north shore of Lake Superior.

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