Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Nature Photo Gallery

Nanaimo is called the "Harbour City", but it might also be called the "Nature City". With hundreds of kilometers of walking, hiking, and cycling trails in city parks and the surrounding forests, Nanaimo can rightfully boast of an abundance of natural experiences. Most enticing is the variety of these experiences. No two natural spots in and around the city are the same. Each is a distinct and unique delight. From ocean parks with rocky beaches to mountain lake trails to river valleys to arbutus groves with views of snow-capped mountains.

The following nature photos are free for your low-resolution, non-commercial, personal use* and enjoyment. They are non-professional, so great for everyday use as backgrounds for your computer's desktop, web pages, etc.

 

Nanaimo - Arbutus tree - beautiful green color and shapes on bark

The Arbutus (called the Madrona in the U.S.) is a beautiful native tree from the Pacific Northwest. It's wood is harder than most other local trees and it is deciduous. Growing in sunny warmer spots, the tree twists and winds as it grows.As you walk through tall, straight stands of conifers, the arbutus provides a lovely visual contrast with it's winding growth pattern and its dark green, glossy leaves.

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Nanaimo Extension Ridge - peeling bark of Arbutus

Another intriquing aspect of the Arbutus tree is that it constantly seems to be shedding. Alarming at first as this would indicate a serious problem in another tree, the Arbutus seems to do this naturally throughout the year. The thin, smooth, brown layers peel easily off, exposing the smooth trunk underneath.

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Nanaimo's beautiful Extension Ridge trail - Arbutus trunk

Under it's ever shedding outer bark the Arbutus tree reveals a light olive colored trunk. Smooth and hard to the touch, the trunk is broken by a variety of shapes and patterns. Some are branches that broke off and grew over, others defy explanation.

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Nanaimo - fossil-like pattern on Arbutus trunk

Like the shape of a fossilized leaf, this pattern in the trunk of a mature Arbutus tree is an example of the lovely variations present in every tree in the species. Arbutus trees can live to around a hundred years old - a short lifespan compared to many of their coniferous cousins.

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Nanaimo - gray moss and leave collage - nature

A moss-like plant and fallen leaves adorn a shaded rock in the temperate rainforest of Nanaimo. Moss, vines, and other plants climb and drape trees in curtains of color.

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Nanaimo - moss on a rock - Extension Ridge trail

Lovely greens change to yellows as the sun touches this moss. Soft to the touch, the moss grows well in the winter rains, blanketing rocks, fallen forest trees, and even living trunks in very damp areas.

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Diamonds of water in a spider web - Nanaimo

Like diamonds suspended in mid air, drops of dew cling to a fragile spider's web suspended between leaves and twigs on the forest floor. This spider got a beautiful substitute for her dinner.

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Spreading roots - Extension Ridge Trail  - Nanaimo nature photos

Spidering it's roots across rocky ground in search of soil and water, a cedar lays a beautiful pattern for hikers to traverse.

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Fungus on tree - Nanaimo's Extension Ridge - nature photos

Layers rising up a tree trunk like the floors of an apartment tower, this fungus enjoys it's host's vertical support. Mushroom and fungii abound in the temperate rainforest of Vancouver Island.

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Moss covered rocks in the Nanaimo River - nature photos

Tasty treats? Fuzzy marbles? No, these are large underwater boulders covered by a beautifully colored moss-like water plant. Taken through the surface of the water of a quiet pool along the Nanaimo River, the marks on this photo are actually bits of plants floating on the surface of the water above these boulders. During the record dry summer, still pools along the river nursed a plethora of plants and tiny creatures.

600x400 | 1024x768 | 600dpi+ (please contact me) | Location: Nanaimo River, Nanaimo, BC.


Salt-etched rocks - Jack Bigg's Park, Nanaimo

Salt water, tidal flows, and time create these bone-like rock formations. Softer rock was disolved and washed away, leaving the harder rock to stand alone.

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Miniature canyons - carved rocks in Nanaimo

A minature canyon wall, complete with caves, overhangs, and more. A perfect movie set construction? No, just rock formations along the shore of Jack Point Park.

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Guardian monster of Nanaimo Harbour - Jack Bigg's Park

The guardian monster of Nanaimo harbour. A head-like rock formation near the head of Jack Point.

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Lone seagull on a rock - Piper's Lagoon, Nanaimo

Freedom. This lone gull stood for a long time on this tide-orphaned rock enjoying the warmth of the sun on a lovely Fall day.

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Sunset on a boulder, Extension, Nanaimo, BC

Sunset on a forest giant. This three-storey high moss-covered boulder sits quietly in the forest at the foot of Extension Ridge near the town of Extension, an old mining area on the edge of Nanaimo.

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Spooky rock - Extension, Nanaimo, BC nature photos

"Spooky". It is easy to imagine a number of ghostly faces in this rock. Softer rock has been washed out and eroded over the centuries, leaving these little caves in this tall boulder.

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Canopy of Majestic trees - Morden Colliery Park, Nanaimo

Majestic canopy. Along the old rail bed have grown a row of forest giants. Unusual for the area, these massive deciduous trees mark the passing of a part of Nanaimo's history - the coal mining era.

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Forest collage - Nanaimo nature photos

Forest collage. The shore of the Nanaimo River where the Morden Mine rail bed used to cross the river.

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Sunlit forest collage - Nanaimo, Morden Colliery Provincial Park

Another pretty forest collage.

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Icy skin of Westwood Lake, Nanaimo, BC nature photos

The spine of a long dead tree pokes up through the icy skin of Westwood Lake.

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light streaming through trees, Westwood Lake, Nanaimo, BC

"Light". Sunlight streamed through the forest and caught
a layer of mist, creating beautiful beams of light.

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Location: Westwood Lake, Nanaimo, BC.

 

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UFO ice circles, Nanaimo, BC, Westwood Lake

UFO ice circles? Giant water plants? No, these lovely ice patterns formed naturally in a secluded inlet off Westwood Lake.

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Driftwood stump on the beach, Piper's Lagoon park, Nanaimo

NEW PHOTO! "Driftwood art on the beach - free admission". At Piper's Lagoon park and all other beaches in Nanaimo, a plethora of items end up on the sand. From the many logging operations up and down the coast come lots of logs, stumps, and cut wood that escaped the clutches of the mills.

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Cedar and arbutus intertwined, Jack Bigg's Park, Nanaimo

NEW PHOTO! Like two lovers wrapped in each other's arms for eternity, these cedar and arbutus trees grew together over the last 100 or more years. Being on the sunny western cliff of Jack Bigg's park, they have shared the warm reflection off the water, growing intertwined in both branches and roots.

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Coal seam in a cliff face, downtown Nanaimo, BC

NEW PHOTO! A dark line across a rocky face shows a seam of coal heading on an angle up from the depths of the ground. This is a cliff face on the edge of a parking lot in downtown Nanaimo. The core of the city and much of the rest of the area of the footprint of Nanaimo sits on top of a honeycomb of mine shafts, silent reminders of the 80+ years of coal mining that started the city. Pray there is no big earthquake soon...

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* All photos on this site are copyright 2003-2005 by Paul Kurucz. Low resolution versions (thumbnails up to 1024x768) are here for your enjoyment and personal, non-commercial use. Please credit me and this site as your source if you use these photos on your web page or in your personal publication. Higher resolution versions are available for commercial use. Please contact me for more information. Thanks!

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