It had been several years since I last walked the Brookman Park trails, but I had a little extra time on my hands and what better way to get some exercise and take a few pictures. Besides, I wanted to see if I could spot any of the hidden gnomes I’d heard about.
If you’re coming from Sechelt, the trail is accessed just past the big sandy beach at Davis Bay, and just before the bridge. It follows along beside Chapman Creek.
You’re never too far from the creek and soon after I had started, the sounds of traffic were replaced by flowing water and the plaintiff call of a Swainsons Thrush hiding somewhere in the brush.
The trail is well maintained with this footbridge recently built over a perennial wet spot in the trail.
I was on the look-out for gnomes and was soon rewarded with this pair carved into the aged stump of an old growth cedar.
…and then, just as quickly, another appeared right in front of me. These stately faces were carved several years ago by Terry Chapman, using a chainsaw. Terry started carving at a very young age, making boats and figures from bark found along the riverbanks of the Fraser River. He now lives in Ladysmith where he has his own gallery.
I had heard that there were several gnomes along the trail, as many as seventeen. Some are quite obvious and others… well, they’re gnomes so you have to keep your eyes open… and sure enough I was rewarded with another pair, hidden a little further off the trail.
My time was running out and finally I had to turn back. I’d had a great walk through the woods, took a few pictures and had spotted a few gnomes. All in all, not a bad outing. My gnome count for the day – six, but I’ll be heading back to see if I can spot a few more.