Part travelogue, part natural history, this enchanting book explores life over the course of a year by waters that extend from Port Renfrew on the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Desolation Sound.
After moving to Vancouver Island from the Prairies in 2001, author Carolyn Redl made it her mission to learn as much as she could about the Salish Sea and island living. Four Seasons by the Salish Sea evolved over twenty years of observation, curiosity, discovery, and delight at the natural wonders and seasonal ebbs and flows along this magnificent stretch of coastline.
This profoundly personal and deeply informative book contains facts about plants, animals, history, parks, and communities. It highlights events in nature, such as spring flower blooms and herring and salmon spawns, and reveals mysteries in the water and in the coastal cedar, hemlock, and Douglas fir rainforest. It describes places as diverse as Malcolm Island, the Sunshine Coast, and Stamp Falls. Experiences range from viewing orcas in the distance to finding sand dollars, Turkish towels, and nudibranchs in the intertidal zone. While celebrating the area’s idyllic setting and warm climate, the book also recognizes potential threats such as earthquakes, water shortages, and challenges for gardeners. It also touches the histories of Indigenous Peoples and settlers. Beautifully illustrated with more than one hundred spectacular photographs by Nancy Randall, as well as regional maps, Four Seasons by the Salish Sea is an indispensable resource and keepsake for locals and tourists alike.