Sangan River Dunes
More from my most recent trip to Haida Gwaii, supplementary posts to those I posted in June and early July (see this link) concerned almost entirely with an archaeological project in the southern end of Haida Gwaii more than 200km away. This is another post from a walk we took at the mouth of the Sangan River.
The whole North Beach area along the north-west coast of Graham Island features extensive dunes spreading off into the forest on gradually higher elevated and stranded beach ridges resulting from slowly rising land levels for more than 5000 years. Thus the older shorelines are now many kilometers inland in this area and make for a serious challenge to archaeologists trying to find the older sites.
This map shows where today’s images come from which are all details of the vegetation growing one the dunes at the beach edge. This link has other posts from this same area which is located just east of Massett.
Dune Tansy (Tanacetum bipinnatum) is common on the front edge of the dunes along this part of the beach, and was in flower when we were there, with its yellow balls of blossoms. The Plants of Coastal British Columbia (Pojar and Mackinnon) indicates that the Haida name for this plant translates as ‘sloppy yellow beach leaves’, but gives no traditional uses for any part of the plant.
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Canon 5Dii with Canon 100/f2.8 Macro, ISO100 (except two very dewy ones at ISO320), most at f2.8.