A Snowy Owl And Mount Baker, Boundary Bay

May 1, 2012 — 9 Comments

It was early March and the dark days of winter were giving way to sunshine and warmth. During the previous month, I had been to Boundary Bay many times to marvel at the beautiful Snowy Owls that wintered in the marshlands south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Any day, they would be flying back north to their habitat on the Arctic tundra. It was time for one last visit and I hoped it would be a memorable one under the evening skies.

A very prominent feature of the landscape in southwestern British Columbia and northwestern Washington State is Mount Baker. It’s the second most active volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range, after Mount St. Helens.



After walking and waiting for an hour or so, someone startled a Snowy Owl which flew almost right toward me.



The owl perched on the stump about 50 meters, or 50 yards, away and stared at me. Needless to say, I was amazed, and took many photos. The moon was just appearing in the evening sky.




 A sleepy Snowy Owl!



Without disturbing my new friend, I maneuvered around so that Mount Baker was in the background.





Eventually, the owl flew away and I captured this wonderful shot.



The owl didn’t fly far, and landed on another stump at the edge of the marsh.







Even the Snowy Owl was impressed by Mount Baker.



After taking a few hundred photos, I said goodbye to my friend, and took one last shot of Mount Baker, as the sun was starting to set.



What a memorable visit!

Boundary Bay Snowy Owl Mount Baker


I hope you enjoyed this post. If you missed it, please read my other posts featuring the Snowy Owls at Boundary Bay, Snowy Owls In Trees, Evening Walks at Boundary Bay and Snowy Owls of Boundary Bay, A Closer Look.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


9 responses to A Snowy Owl And Mount Baker, Boundary Bay

  1. Wow – amazing shots. Love the moon peaking in on the one pic. You must be getting excited for the release of your book. Hope you have a huge success on your hands.

  2. Thanks so much. The book is already out on paperback. I’m working on the e-book now. Still waiting for the huge success, or even success for that matter. I feel something will happen, though. Glad you enjoyed these photos. I may just have one more snowy owl post left.

  3. Saw your photo on the Tourism BC site. Awesome photos. As a photo enthusiast I’m envious. 😉

    • Thanks so much. Visiting the snowy owls at Boundary Bay this past winter was a great thrill. I hope they return again this year. I may just have one more snowy owl post from my current photos. Please check back. 🙂

  4. Marvellous photographs and a magical encounter for you.There is something very powerful when a wild creature chooses to trust you like this. being the only person to have this encounter in that moment is thrilling. I once was walking along an old railway line in winter the embankments where thick with prtistine snow.I became aware that there was a rustling beneath the snow,no movement to be seen but just this strange noise from underneath the while blanket,then in a blinking dozens of little birds emerged from underneath the snow and took to the air.There had be no sign of them,i assume they were feeding under the snow.I was the only person to see it and i have never seen it again.This owl reminded me of the privilege .

  5. Thanks so much for your comment. I can’t fully explain why I went to see the snowy owls so many times this past winter. I knew they didn’t winter at Boundary Bay every year and I feel privileged to be able to spend some time with them. They seem so peaceful, such beautiful creatures.

  6. Lovely! So fun to be able to hang out with such magnificent creatures. Just magic!

  7. Hmm Let me see what do a prefer, the majestic subject or the stunning landscape? I can’t make up my mind. Boundary Bay definitely looks like the place to go, so I do not blame you or your new friend to choose it as a hang-out. Great post Randall. 🙂

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