A path that leads to a viewing area at the back of the Kunghit Haida Chief Ninstints’ house at SGang Gwaay.
The wood on the left sticking out of the spruce tree is one of the rear corner posts of the house.
The spruce nursed on the top of the post and then grew around and through the post splitting it apart, ejecting some and swallowing the rest.
The small structure is a shelter for visitors that is adapted from the design for a small Haida house, or a large grave house.
I was visiting while on a tour of Gwaii Haanas aboard the Passing Cloud.
If you want to know more about SGang Gwaay I have written about it in several posts (link) from previous visits.
Cape St. James is an extremely isolated and exposed location that is pounded and torn at by the winter storms.
And by any other smaller wind that might come up at any time of the year.
I recently put up a video of the Louscoone Inlet pod(s) which can be found here if you are interested.
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