It’s that time of year again…

It’s that time of year again… when the sasquatches come out to pick skunk cabbage flowers. I was out doing some rainforest photography the other day, and I must have startled one. Didn’t get any photos of course (they’re amazingly fast for such large creatures) other than this print.

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About Jacqueline Windh

I'm a writer, photographer, and radio broadcaster who is concerned about our planet and how we live our lives - hoping my work helps people to find new ways of thinking about issues such as personal health, wilderness, the environment, food security, thinking about the future. These things are all connected, you know...

Posted on April 24, 2011, in pacific northwest, sasquatch, vancouver island, west coast, wildlife. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Jaqueline, I stumbled upon your blog after searching for information on the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. I am a UK based researcher into sasquatch although, apart from a couple of expeditions I have made on the BC Coast in 2008 and 2009, don’t get much chance to do field work living on the wrong side of the Atlantic as I do. However, I hope to do another some time. I was thinking that the area, on paper at least, which looks well worth investigating is the Carmanah Walbran Park, but I imagine any extensive and heavily forested area on the west coast of Van Isle has potential and you are obviously in great area.

    Very interesting that you are writing your ‘My Secret Sasquatch and other possibilites)’ book and impressed with your photo of a foot print next to skunk cabbage. I don’t know exactly where you stand on the existence of these creatures, but was wondering if you have heard any possible sasquatch vocalisations during your walks. Anyway, pleased to hear what you are doing and just wanted to offer some encouragment. No need to respond to this comment.
    regards
    Charles

  2. Hello Charles,

    Thanks so much for your interest!

    I’ve spent a lot of time alone in the wilderness here. There is only one time that I have heard anything that struck me as strange… a sound that I could definitely not identify with any animal sound that I know.

    I had been on my own in the bush for several days. There was a small creek in a very steep little valley, and I could see from the map that there was a lake just up the valley. I was trying to make my way up that steep-sided valley, but the bush was very thick and tangled. I was making very slow progress, trying to push through salmonberry thickets and tangles of devil’s club, when I heard a sound through the bushes, above me, up on the slope: a slow “whoop whoop whoop.”

    In that instant before rational thought kicks in, when you just react instinctively, my instinctive reaction was that it was some kind of an ape, some large orangutan-like creature calling across the valley to his family, warning them that something is moving through the valley below. Then my rational thinking kicked in: we don’t have apes here. (Or at least we are not supposed to).

    Around that time there were several reported sasquatch sightings over a single summer, as well as lots of reports of strange sounds by people who live in the bush and on floathouses.

    I have a friend who has been researching the sasquatches here for years. With your permission, I will pass your email address on to him – he would probably be interested in corresponding with you. So please let me know if you’d like me to do that.

    Again, thanks for your interest! And my apologies for the delay in responding to you – I have been distracted with the designing of the book cover!

    All the best,
    Jackie

  3. Jackie, thanks very much for your response. Your description of the whooping will sound familiar to some researchers. If you are interested, check out some of Stan Courtney’s audio recordings on his website. He is well known in the bigfooting world and the link below goes to a menu of different recordings he has made – the ‘whoops’ are at the bottom of the central column.

    http://www.stancourtney.com/Bigfoot_Sounds.html

    Yes, please do pass on my email address to your friend. I was lucky enough to have some extraordinary experiences on the Sunshine Coast, but I know some active researchers on Vancouver Island who believe the island has much prime sasquatch territory and there have been sighting reports, so you are in the right place. You can see reports for BC on the BFRO website:

    http://www.bfro.net/

    I hope the book cover design looks good when it’s finished. I am sure you will agree it’s pretty important to try and get it right so that it reflects the content because, whatever anyone says, people do often judge a book by its cover. As you mention in your other post, it’s exciting to see your own cover prepared and it must really motivate you to keep writing. I look forward to the book!
    regards
    Charles

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