This gallery contains 6 photos. This isn’t some dream sequence from Lord of the Rings, nor are those trees smoking. We saw many trees steaming at Burns Bog just before noon on November 10, and evaporation continued for a couple of hours. The mercury dipped below 7°C, giving Vancouver an early taste of winter, with a week of freezing temperatures at night.
Larger than Stanley Park, Burns Bog is the largest peatland in Metro Vancouver, and home to a large diversity of wildlife. Only certain areas are accessible on foot. The sun peeking through this part of the forest reflects the greenery of the fir trees above with the pine needles that have fallen into waters stained red by acid below.
Giant maple leaves fell regularly from tall, deciduous trees and choked the lightly graveled paths with their sheer numbers. In the absence of birdsong and wind, their descent is markedly loud.
When we walked off the boardwalk (which is still being added to by volunteers in the summer) into the clearings, the ground was indeed very spongy. Moss also covered the trees–sometimes completely.
Some leaves still cling defiantly to trees in a chilly blue sky.
The remains of this massive, fallen tree–decorated with bracken–look big enough to be a winter den for a black bear, or protective shelter for white-tailed deer.