31 posts match "Canada - Vancouver Isl" - select title or scroll down to see posts
 
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  1.  Sea Lion Caves    26 November 2013    Vancouver Isl,
         Nov 26, 2013
  Vancouver Isl  
  2.  Winter Arrives    6 December 2013    Juan de Fuca St Vancouver Isl,
         Dec 6, 2013
  Vancouver Isl, Juan de Fuca St  
  3.  East Sooke Coastal Trail    16 December 2013    Vancouver Isl,
         Dec 16, 2013
  Vancouver Isl  
  4.  Two on Water    20 December 2013    B&W Juan de Fuca St Vancouver Isl,
         Dec 20, 2013
  Juan de Fuca St, B&W, Vancouver Isl  
  5.  Fungus Amongus    29 January 2014    Vancouver Isl,
         Jan 29, 2014
  Vancouver Isl  
  6.  Bluff Mountain    4 February 2014    B&W Hiking Vancouver Isl,
         Feb 4, 2014
  Hiking, B&W, Vancouver Isl  
  7.  Vernal equinox at Jordan River    20 March 2014    Vancouver Isl,
         Mar 20, 2014
  Vancouver Isl  
  8.  Forest for all Seasons    2 April 2014    JdF Land Trust Vancouver Isl,
         Apr 2, 2014
  JdF Land Trust, Vancouver Isl  
  9.  Honeybee Awareness Day    27 May 2014    JdF Land Trust Vancouver Isl,
         May 27, 2014
  Vancouver Isl, JdF Land Trust  
10.  Controlling Distortion     2 July 2015    Vancouver Isl,
         Jul 2, 2015
  Vancouver Isl  
11.  What I saw on the ferry    16 July 2015    Vancouver Isl,
         Jul 16, 2015
  Vancouver Isl  
12.  Jimmy Carter    21 August 2015    Politics (US) Sooke Vancouver Isl,
         Aug 21, 2015
  Sooke, Politics (US), Vancouver Isl  
13.  Juan de Fuca Trail    31 August 2015    Hikes Hiking Vancouver Isl,
         Aug 31, 2015
  Hikes, Vancouver Isl, Hiking  
14.  Seals at Muir beach    29 August 2016    Vancouver Isl,
         Aug 29, 2016
  Vancouver Isl  
15.  Bali vs Vancouver Island    22 March 2017    Ubud Vancouver Isl,
         Mar 22, 2017
  Ubud, Vancouver Isl  
16.  Mystic Beach    26 June 2017    Vancouver Isl,
         Jun 26, 2017
  Vancouver Isl  
17.  Ferry    6 July 2017    Vancouver Isl,
         Jul 6, 2017
  Vancouver Isl  
18.  Beecher Bay    25 July 2018    Juan de Fuca St Panorama Vancouver Isl,
         Jul 25, 2018
  Panorama, Juan de Fuca St, Vancouver Isl  
19.  Apocalyptic    20 August 2018    Vancouver Isl,
         Aug 20, 2018
  Vancouver Isl  
20.  A sunny afternoon at the point    4 October 2018    Vancouver Isl,
         Oct 4, 2018
  Vancouver Isl  
21.  Happy Canadian Thanksgiving    8 October 2018    Vancouver Isl,
         Oct 8, 2018
  Vancouver Isl  
22.  Grey weather, grey house    10 December 2018    Vancouver Isl,
         Dec 10, 2018
  Vancouver Isl  
23.  Rainy drive     11 December 2018    Vancouver Isl,
         Dec 11, 2018
  Vancouver Isl  
24.  Grey tree    12 December 2018    Vancouver Isl,
         Dec 12, 2018
  Vancouver Isl  
25.  Roses    13 December 2018    Vancouver Isl,
         Dec 13, 2018
  Vancouver Isl  
26.  Lucy    14 December 2018    Dog Vancouver Isl,
         Dec 14, 2018
  Vancouver Isl, Dog  
27.  December Strawberry    15 December 2018    Vancouver Isl,
         Dec 15, 2018
  Vancouver Isl  
28.  A break in the rain    30 December 2018    Juan de Fuca St Vancouver Isl,
         Dec 30, 2018
  Juan de Fuca St, Vancouver Isl  
29.  Snow    8 February 2019    Vancouver Isl,
         Feb 8, 2019
  Vancouver Isl  
30.  The appointment    18 June 2019    Vancouver Isl,
         Jun 18, 2019
  Vancouver Isl  
31.  The new dock    25 September 2020    Vancouver Isl, BC
         Sep 25, 2020
  Vancouver Isl, BC  
 
 
 
1. Sea Lion Caves
26 November 2013    Vancouver Isl 
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1. Sea Lion Caves   
26 November 2013    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

Yesterday I hiked the sea lion caves trail, which leads to a community of large, fleshy, and boisterous beasts on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island.

The hike takes about two hours each way and briefly shares space with the Juan de Fuca Trail. The sea lions trail head is south of Port Renfrew, near the bridge over Jack Elliot creek. The first third of the hike is an easy walk on a fire road but the rest is a challenging scramble over and around and under a gnarly and slippery mass of roots and limbs. Following a narrow spine that falls away sharply on both sides, the path is not for the faint of heart. But as one approaches the coast, the call of the sea lions beckon. While listening to this odd soundtrack, the barely-a-path becomes a slip and slide down a long slope to the rock shore, assisted only by a worn rope with an occasional knot. Gloves are recommended for the belay down, and then the back up on return. 

I traveled light, taking only a 20/2.8d and the almost-as-small 28-200g for the D800E. The 28-200 hasn't been out since being on a Nikon D70 in Peru in 2005. I've kept the 28-200 as a candidate travel lens, though its quality and ergonomics - the plastic mount and the short-throw between extreme focal lengths - pale in comparison to my other lenses. The 70-300, with its longer reach and VR, would have served better for capturing the sunning sea lions and the swimming silver-backed seals, but the 28-200 served me well. 

 
 
 
 
Vancouver Island shoreline
     
 
 
 
Vancouver Island shoreline
     
 
 
 
Vancouver Island shoreline
     
 
 
Sea lions
     
 
 
 
Sea lions
     
 
 
 
Sea lions
     
 
 
Hikers, Sea Lions cave trail
     
 
 
 
Hikers, Sea Lions cave trail
     
 
 
 
Hikers, Sea Lions cave trail
     
 
 
Vancouver Island shore
     
 
 
 
Vancouver Island shore
     
 
 
 
Vancouver Island shore
     
 
 
2. Winter Arrives
6 December 2013    Juan de Fuca St, Vancouver Isl 
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2. Winter Arrives   
6 December 2013    Juan de Fuca St, Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

Winter has arrived on the island: wind, snow, and temperatures below zero. Of course, if you're from, say, Winnipeg, you may find this shorts-and-flip-flops weather, like the fellow on line in front of me yesterday. But having sent much of my life in Texas and California, for me the weather is too cold for man or beast.

Two from yesterday. The day started with a colorful sunrise over the Juan de Fuca Strait (taken with the 17-55 at 55mm f/5.6), but it ended with a snowy drive to Victoria and back (35/2.0d at f/6.3), both on the D300.  

 
 
 
 
Strait of Juan de Fuca
     
 
 
 
Strait of Juan de Fuca
     
 
 
 
Strait of Juan de Fuca
     
 
 
West Coast Road, Otter Point
     
 
 
 
West Coast Road, Otter Point
     
 
 
 
West Coast Road, Otter Point
     
 
 
3. East Sooke Coastal Trail
16 December 2013    Vancouver Isl 
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3. East Sooke Coastal Trail   
16 December 2013    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

Yesterday I hiked the coastal trail in East Sooke Regional Park, from Aylard Farm to Beachey Head. The coast-hugging hike is rocky and the trail footing treacherous in places. To be fair, the experienced rock climber, and there was at least one among us, will find the path but a stroll in the park. But I am not so brave.

I kept the D300 snugged into my pack much of the day to keep it from distracting my scrambles over the exposed damp rocks that hang over the rough waves of the strait. This reminds me to pull out the camera harness I wore when hiking in the Alps. 

I'm not pleased by any of the day's shots. This means more work to find a single photograph to show for the day's hike. This is in contrast to the rare instances when I like a shot, in which case it is easy to process as I recognize when I'm done. The second-tier shots are hard to massage because I don't know what to do with them. I find myself taking these shots along several different paths, a time consuming process.

The accompanying pictures of the hiking group are one picture (or a set) processed several ways. The multiplicity isn't because this is a fine shot; just the opposite. Perhaps the best of a poor lot. The first two result from a 5-shot HDR set: the brightest by Nik, the second Photomatix. The third is the middle shot processed with Capture. And the fourth is from NIk's Silver Efex. Nik's HDR colors are bright for my taste but I'm entertaining the idea that their intensity will grow on me. The exif shows the 17-55 was at 17mm and f/9.

The take home: bring a circular polarizer, especially if shooting by the water and/or on a sunny day. 

 
 
 
 
5-shot HDR from Nik
     
 
 
 
5-shot HDR from Nik
     
 
 
 
5-shot HDR from Nik
     
 
 
5-shot HDR from Photomatix
     
 
 
 
5-shot HDR from Photomatix
     
 
 
 
5-shot HDR from Photomatix
     
 
 
Capture NX2
     
 
 
 
Capture NX2
     
 
 
 
Capture NX2
     
 
 
NIK Silver FX
     
 
 
 
NIK Silver FX
     
 
 
 
NIK Silver FX
     
 
 
4. Two on Water
20 December 2013    B&W, Juan de Fuca St, Vancouver Isl 
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4. Two on Water   
20 December 2013    B&W, Juan de Fuca St, Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

The container ship on the strait and Young lake.

 
 
 
 
The Olympics and the Strait of Juan de Fuca
     
 
 
 
The Olympics and the Strait of Juan de Fuca
     
 
 
 
The Olympics and the Strait of Juan de Fuca
     
 
 
Young Lake
     
 
 
 
Young Lake
     
 
 
 
Young Lake
     
 
 
5. Fungus Amongus
29 January 2014    Vancouver Isl 
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5. Fungus Amongus   
29 January 2014    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

A couple of fungi: one resembling a carved carrot, the other an earmuff filled with chocolate. I've no clue as to their identity. Taken in East Sooke with the 24-120/4 at 120 mm. 

 
 
 
 
Fungus
     
 
 
 
Fungus
     
 
 
 
Fungus
     
 
 
Fungus
     
 
 
 
Fungus
     
 
 
 
Fungus
     
 
 
6. Bluff Mountain
4 February 2014    B&W, Hiking, Vancouver Isl 
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6. Bluff Mountain   
4 February 2014    B&W, Hiking, Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

Monday I hiked Bluff Mountain. I started from the scout camp Camp Barnard, just outside of Sooke. The trail is a slog with the island's typical mossy rocks that don't promise secure footing. The worst was the sea of six-foot-tall Salal where all that one could see of the hikers was a rustling of the plants. Brought to mind Children of the Corn. But the weather and views of the Olympic mountains made the trek worthwhile.

While beautiful to look at, the view to the mountains looks into the sun, which produces glare and shades the details of the Olympic range. Taken with a D800E and a 24-120 f/4 then converted with Silver Efex. The hikers are 24 mm and f/8 and the harbor is 105 mm and f/8.  More photos at Bluff Mountain.

 
 
 
 
Bluff Mountain
     
 
 
 
Bluff Mountain
     
 
 
 
Bluff Mountain
     
 
 
View from Bluff Mountain
     
 
 
 
View from Bluff Mountain
     
 
 
 
View from Bluff Mountain
     
 
 
View from Bluff Mountain
     
 
 
 
View from Bluff Mountain
     
 
 
 
View from Bluff Mountain
     
 
 
7. Vernal equinox at Jordan River
20 March 2014    Vancouver Isl 
7. Vernal equinox at Jordan River   
20 March 2014    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

This evening, about 7, twelve of us gathered where the Jordan River empties into the sea. We came to celebrate the vernal equinox with wine, hot dogs, and a bonfire. The weather was windy cold but clear. A ritual to honor a point in the calendar. Humans have been doing this for as long as we know. An acknowledgement of a pattern of nature, something we cannot change but must adapt to and work with.   

 
 
 
 
Vernal equinox at Jordan River
     
 
 
 
Vernal equinox at Jordan River
     
 
 
 
Vernal equinox at Jordan River
     
 
 
8. Forest for all Seasons
2 April 2014    JdF Land Trust, Vancouver Isl 
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8. Forest for all Seasons   
2 April 2014    JdF Land Trust, Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

The Juan de Fuca Land Trust hosted a poetry walk last Sunday. Held at the Admiral's Forest, it attracted about 150 visitors and helped raise awareness for their goal of preserving the forest.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Honeybee Awareness Day
27 May 2014    JdF Land Trust, Vancouver Isl 
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9. Honeybee Awareness Day   
27 May 2014    JdF Land Trust, Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

Last Sunday I helped represent the JdF Land Trust at Tugwell Meadery's Honeybee Awareness Day event, which featured demonstrations, mead-tastings, and tours of their bucolic flower-filled grounds.

Song of the day: Salala by Angelique Kidjo featuring Peter Gabriel.

24-120 f/4

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. Controlling Distortion
2 July 2015    Vancouver Isl 
10. Controlling Distortion    
2 July 2015    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

I've been preoccupied with fisheyes of late and here is one more, an example of a fisheye shot that doesn't look like a fisheye shot. The key is to place the horizon in the middle of the frame and pick a subject that has no clear verticals or horizontals. A rocky beach such as this works perfectly.

 
 
 
 
Muir Beach
     
 
 
 
Muir Beach
     
 
 
 
Muir Beach
     
 
 
11. What I saw on the ferry
16 July 2015    Vancouver Isl 
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11. What I saw on the ferry   
16 July 2015    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

Yesterday was still and warm, perfect for a quick trip to Vancouver. I was glad to have a telephoto and a fisheye as I got a glimpse of a pod of killer whales plus several shots of sunstars.

 
 
 
 
On the ferry
     
 
 
 
On the ferry
     
 
 
 
On the ferry
     
 
 
Killer whale from Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay ferry
     
 
 
 
Killer whale from Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay ferry
     
 
 
 
Killer whale from Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay ferry
     
 
 
12. Jimmy Carter
21 August 2015    Politics (US), Sooke, Vancouver Isl 
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12. Jimmy Carter   
21 August 2015    Politics (US), Sooke, Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

The news from President Carter while of course very sad is also an opportunity to contrast his character with those who have either followed him or who aspire for his old position. And quite a contrast indeed! Just try to fit both Jimmy Carter and, lets say, George W in ones head at the same time and youd wonder how could that happen, how could we elect these two very different men to the highest office in the land. One man is known for trying to do the right thing regardless of cost to himself and the other man only thinks of himself, rightness be damned. It was as if the country plunged down the rabbit hole into wonderland. Of course Carter is the rarity. The filtering that takes place as people rise to power selects for a certain un-Carter-like character. And we are poorer for it.

I hiked to Peden Lake a few days ago and took it as opportunity to use only a 50mm for the day. A 50 doesn't come to mind when you think landscape lens, but I thought I'd see what I could do with it. Aside from my forgetting to switch metering from matrix to center weight, the lens performed fine given the limitations of it's width. It's better as a people lens but it will certainly do landscapes in a pinch.

 
 
 
 
Peden Lake
     
 
 
 
Peden Lake
     
 
 
 
Peden Lake
     
 
 
Peden Lake
     
 
 
 
Peden Lake
     
 
 
 
Peden Lake
     
 
 
13. Juan de Fuca Trail
31 August 2015    Hikes, Hiking, Vancouver Isl 
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13. Juan de Fuca Trail   
31 August 2015    Hikes, Hiking, Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

Yesterday I woke to the sad news of Oliver Sacks. It wasnt a surprise; he had written earlier in the year of his diagnosis. And of course he wrote as he had written on many other topics - like the mysteries of the brain, recreational drugs, and being gay clearly and rationally. He lived an interesting life, made many contributions to the human condition, and was always a pleasure to read.

Sacks was in my mind yesterday as I hiked part of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, a damp, grey trek accompanied by the crashing of the cold Pacific. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is one of two long trails on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. The two trails - the other being the West Coast Trail - would be one if it werent for the bay of Port San Juan.

The section I hiked was from Botanical Beach to Parkinson Creek. The hike is a bit of a slog, which is because the west coast of Vancouver Island is a lush rain forest overlaid on a jagged outcropping of rock. There is no flat land and there are no stretches of dirt path. The ground is largely rock and root.

Following the shore, which is what both trails do, means hiking a sequence of ups and downs, down to a creek then up to a ridge then down to another creek. And the footing sucks. The spiderweb of roots that blanket the ground are slippery smooth, just tempting you to stand on them where the slightest movement translates to a slip and a fall. There are the occasional breaks, wooden boardwalks and clever wooden stairs, which help make the hike a bit easier, but there arent enough and the dampness rots the wood faster than they can be repaired.

The day started with sunshine but it soon reverted to the norm of mist and rain. I spent most of the hike staring at my feet, calculating what placement offered the best hold. The hypnotic crash of wave on stone was background music to the hike.

Lucy the dog came along for the hike, her first adventure with the hiking group. She quickly assumed the typical dog behaviour of running ahead then back then ahead again, easily tripling the distance her fellow humans covered. She was full of energy all of the way but was so tired by the time she landed in the truck that, for once, she forgot to get carsick.

 
 
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail
     
 
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail
     
 
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail
     
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail
     
 
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail
     
 
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail
     
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail
     
 
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail
     
 
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail
     
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail
     
 
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail
     
 
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail
     
 
 
14. Seals at Muir beach
29 August 2016    Vancouver Isl 
14. Seals at Muir beach   
29 August 2016    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

These Muir beach seals appear to be enjoying today's mild weather. That's the Olympic peninsula in the background.

Despite my enthusiasm for film simulations (see yesterday's post) this photo is not a sim, it's a raw file edited in Lightroom which for some reason I prefer to the Velvia and Acros sims that I also created.

I'm listening to an interview with Colson Whitehead (NYT books podcast, 8/11/16). He writes with Garcia Marquez' effortless transitions between realism and fantasy. The interview helped me see and understand some of the fantasies in his novel The Underground Railroad, which I just finished reading.

 
 
 
 
Seals, Muir Beach
     
 
 
 
Seals, Muir Beach
     
 
 
 
Seals, Muir Beach
     
 
 
15. Bali vs Vancouver Island
22 March 2017    Ubud, Vancouver Isl 
15. Bali vs Vancouver Island   
22 March 2017    Ubud, Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 

Just for fun here are some Wikipedia facts for comparing Vancouver Island with Bali.

 

AREA

Vancouver Island: 32,134 km2 (12,407 mi2)

Bali: 5,780 km2 (2,230 mi2)

 

HIGHEST POINT

Vancouver Island: 2,195 m (7,201 ft)

Bali: 3,148 m (10,328 ft), Mount Agung

 

POPULATION

Vancouver Island: 759,366 (2011), 23.94 /km2 (62 /mi2)

Bali: 4,225,384 (2014), 730/km2 (1,900/mi2)

 

RELIGION

Vancouver Island: According to the 2001 census the religious breakout for British Columbia is: none (atheist, agnostic, and so on.) 35.9%, Protestant 31.4%, Roman Catholic 17%, United Church of Canada 9%, and Anglican 8%.

Bali: The island is home to most of Indonesia's Hindu minority. According to the 2010 Census, 83.5% of Bali's population adhered to Balinese Hinduism, followed by 13.4% Muslim, Christianity at 2.5%, and Buddhism 0.5%.

 

CLIMATE

Vancouver Island: The mildest in Canada, with temperatures on the coast in January usually above 0 C (32 F). In summer, the warmest days can rise to 28C (82F).

Bali: As it is just 8° south of the equator, Bali has a fairly even climate year round. Average year-round temperature stands at around 30 C with a humidity level of about 85%.

 

Sources

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver_Island,

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bali

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia.

 
 
 
16. Mystic Beach
26 June 2017    Vancouver Isl 
16. Mystic Beach   
26 June 2017    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 
Mystic Beach
     
 
 
 
Mystic Beach
     
 
 
 
Mystic Beach
     
 
 

Today we walked the 2km trail to Mystic beach. A beautiful June day, though it was chilly because Canada.

 
 
 
17. Ferry
6 July 2017    Vancouver Isl 
17. Ferry   
6 July 2017    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 
On the ferry
     
 
 
 
On the ferry
     
 
 
 
On the ferry
     
 
 

I like this photo's geometry, the blue/b&w split, and the converging lines, though I would like it even more if it had a level horizon.

 
 
 
18. Beecher Bay
25 July 2018    Juan de Fuca St, Panorama, Vancouver Isl 
18. Beecher Bay   
25 July 2018    Juan de Fuca St, Panorama, Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 
Beecher Bay
     
 
 
 
Beecher Bay
     
 
 
 
Beecher Bay
     
 
 

 
 
 
19. Apocalyptic
20 August 2018    Vancouver Isl 
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19. Apocalyptic   
20 August 2018    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 
The view from here
     
 
 
 
The view from here
     
 
 
 
The view from here
     
 
 

Well no my life isn't really endangered, it's just the opaque grey sky and the smoky still air feel like the run up to some horror movie story.

 
 
 
20. A sunny afternoon at the point
4 October 2018    Vancouver Isl 
20. A sunny afternoon at the point   
4 October 2018    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 
Paul and Lucy @ Otter Point
     
 
 
 
Paul and Lucy @ Otter Point
     
 
 
 
Paul and Lucy @ Otter Point
     
 
 

 
 
 
21. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving
8 October 2018    Vancouver Isl 
21. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving   
8 October 2018    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. Unlike the American version it's in October, it's not followed by a big shopping day, and it doesn't morph into an almost week-long holiday. Otherwise, it's pretty similar.

This photo was taken on Botanical Beach, which is about a 45 minute drive northwest of Otter Point. Of all the times I've been to Botanical the first, when this was taken, was photographically the most fruitful. It's also a demonstration of the utility of a circular polarizer as without it you'd not be able to see deep into that puddle.

 
 
 
 
Botanical Beach
     
 
 
 
Botanical Beach
     
 
 
 
Botanical Beach
     
 
 
22. Grey weather, grey house
10 December 2018    Vancouver Isl 
22. Grey weather, grey house   
10 December 2018    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 
Otter point with 23mm
     
 
 
 
Otter point with 23mm
     
 
 
 
Otter point with 23mm
     
 
 

 
 
 
23. Rainy drive
11 December 2018    Vancouver Isl 
23. Rainy drive    
11 December 2018    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 
West coast road
     
 
 
 
West coast road
     
 
 
 
West coast road
     
 
 

 
 
 
24. Grey tree
12 December 2018    Vancouver Isl 
24. Grey tree   
12 December 2018    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 
Tree next to house
     
 
 
 
Tree next to house
     
 
 
 
Tree next to house
     
 
 

 
 
 
25. Roses
13 December 2018    Vancouver Isl 
25. Roses   
13 December 2018    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 
Roses
     
 
 
 
Roses
     
 
 
 
Roses
     
 
 

 
 
 
26. Lucy
14 December 2018    Dog, Vancouver Isl 
26. Lucy   
14 December 2018    Dog, Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 
Lucy
     
 
 
 
Lucy
     
 
 
 
Lucy
     
 
 

 
 
 
27. December Strawberry
15 December 2018    Vancouver Isl 
27. December Strawberry   
15 December 2018    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 
Still getting strawberries
     
 
 
 
Still getting strawberries
     
 
 
 
Still getting strawberries
     
 
 

 
 
 
28. A break in the rain
30 December 2018    Juan de Fuca St, Vancouver Isl 
28. A break in the rain   
30 December 2018    Juan de Fuca St, Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 
Looking northwest from the point
     
 
 
 
Looking northwest from the point
     
 
 
 
Looking northwest from the point
     
 
 

 
 
 
29. Snow
8 February 2019    Vancouver Isl 
29. Snow   
8 February 2019    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 
Fence with snow
     
 
 
 
Fence with snow
     
 
 
 
Fence with snow
     
 
 

 
 
 
30. The appointment
18 June 2019    Vancouver Isl 
30. The appointment   
18 June 2019    Vancouver Isl   
 
 
 
 
BC Ferries' Spirit of Vancouver Island
     
 
 
 
BC Ferries' Spirit of Vancouver Island
     
 
 
 
BC Ferries' Spirit of Vancouver Island
     
 
 

Yesterday I'd an appointment in Vancouver, a meeting that rarely takes more than fifteen minutes. Getting there, however, takes a little longer. It's an hour's drive to Swartz Bay, a 90 minute ferry ride to Tsawwassen, a half-hour bus to the Richmond Brighouse station, a fifteen minute metro to Broadway, and a 10 minute walk to the office. (Add a plane and a bike and I'd have all transport possibilities covered.) A full day of traveling, yes, but a pleasant escape from our recent bout of cold weather.

 
 
 
31. The new dock
25 September 2020    Vancouver Isl  BC 
31. The new dock   
25 September 2020    Vancouver Isl, BC   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

Until recently Kemp Lake was Otter Point's water source. But with our connecting up to the metro water system we no longer need the lake for drinking. Now the lake's recreational role can be enhanced, like with this just-completed dock.