A Lightning Storm to Remember, Good Friends & Orca Whales Doing What They Do

This week I was lucky and thankful to have Phinn at the hut as my assistant. Phinn is from England, he is studying marine biology in Maine and has a lot of knowledge  of the southern resident orcas in the San Juan Islands and Friday Harbour area. He is a positive guy and is quite an artist. If I am ever feeling down he always puts a smile on my face. One evening we decided to test out Phinn’s camera on the tripod. We took a couple of funny photos…

Phinn and Nat Aug 16th
Phinn and Nat Aug 16th
Phinn and Nat Aug 16th
Phinn and Nat Aug 16th

A photo of Phinn as he was making a beautiful wood carving out of a piece of drift-wood that he found…

Phinn carving his piece of art - Aug 14th
Phinn carving his piece of art – Aug 14th
Phinn's carving - almost done!
Phinn’s carving – almost done!

On August 17th we witnessed one of the saddest things I have ever seen. The resident orcas were chasing after a humpback whale.  It was later ID’d to be resident orcas- A23′s and humpback KC of the northern humpbacks of the johnstone strait area… have a look at the video…

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Orca whales chasing down a humpback on August 17, 2012 from Natalie Lucier on Vimeo.

Living in the hut has had its challenges. Some days I feel like I wish I could fly away and have a hot shower and give my family and friends a big hug… and some days I just love being here. Yesterday was one of those days where I wanted to be anywhere else but here… waking up in the wet and cold weather and feeling homesick and sad… I reluctantly started my day… by late afternoon… the clouds covered the area and we could hear thunder in the distance… and then the lightning came and lit up the sky. I was amazed. I stood and watched and decided to film it. I was lucky to capture a moment in time when the lightning hit the land. It was a strong and fierce thunder storm that hammered the Johnstone Strait… reminding me how powerful mother earth can be.

Lightning on August 17th on the Johnstone Strait, BC, Canada
Lightning on August 17th on the Johnstone Strait, BC, Canada

After the storm had settled… the sunset was calm and beautiful…

pinky,purple, orange sunset last night - August 18th
pinky,purple, orange sunset last night – August 18th

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