34 posts match "Vancouver Isl" - select title or scroll down to see posts
 
Newest firstNewest   Oldest firstOldest   A to Z   Z to A
 
Sea Lion Caves  Tue 26 Nov 2013   20/2.8  28-200  Vancouver Isl 
Nov 26, 2013
  28-200, 20/2.8, Vancouver Isl  
Winter Arrives  Fri 6 Dec 2013   17-55  35/2  Juan de Fuca St  Vancouver Isl 
Dec 6, 2013
  Vancouver Isl, Juan de Fuca St, 17-55, 35/2  
East Sooke Coastal Trail  Mon 16 Dec 2013   17-55  Vancouver Isl 
Dec 16, 2013
  17-55, Vancouver Isl  
Two on Water  Fri 20 Dec 2013   B&W  Juan de Fuca St  Vancouver Isl 
Dec 20, 2013
  Juan de Fuca St, B&W, Vancouver Isl  
Fungus Amongus  Wed 29 Jan 2014   24-120/4  Vancouver Isl 
Jan 29, 2014
  24-120/4, Vancouver Isl  
Bluff Mountain  Tue 4 Feb 2014   24-120/4  B&W  Hiking  Vancouver Isl 
Feb 4, 2014
  Hiking, 24-120/4, B&W, Vancouver Isl  
Vernal equinox at Jordan River  Thu 20 Mar 2014   Vancouver Isl 
Mar 20, 2014
  Vancouver Isl  
Forest for all Seasons  Wed 2 Apr 2014   JdF Land Trust  Vancouver Isl 
Apr 2, 2014
  JdF Land Trust, Vancouver Isl  
Honeybee Awareness Day  Tue 27 May 2014   24-120/4  JdF Land Trust  Vancouver Isl 
May 27, 2014
  Vancouver Isl, 24-120/4, JdF Land Trust  
Jordan River  Wed 14 Jan 2015   24-120/4  Vancouver Isl 
Jan 14, 2015
  Vancouver Isl, 24-120/4  
Controlling Distortion   Thu 2 Jul 2015   10.5  Vancouver Isl 
Jul 2, 2015
  10.5, Vancouver Isl  
What I saw on the ferry  Thu 16 Jul 2015   15/2.8  70-300vr  Vancouver Isl 
Jul 16, 2015
  15/2.8, 70-300vr, Vancouver Isl  
Jimmy Carter  Fri 21 Aug 2015   50/1.2  Sooke  US Politics  Vancouver Isl 
Aug 21, 2015
  Sooke, US Politics, Vancouver Isl, 50/1.2  
Juan de Fuca Trail  Mon 31 Aug 2015   24-120/4  Hikes  Hiking  Vancouver Isl 
Aug 31, 2015
  Hikes, 24-120/4, Vancouver Isl, Hiking  
Seals at Muir beach  Mon 29 Aug 2016   Vancouver Isl  XC 50-230 
Aug 29, 2016
  XC 50-230, Vancouver Isl  
Bali vs Vancouver Island  Wed 22 Mar 2017   Ubud  Vancouver Isl 
Mar 22, 2017
  Ubud, Vancouver Isl  
Mystic Beach  Mon 26 Jun 2017   Vancouver Isl 
Jun 26, 2017
  Vancouver Isl  
Ferry  Thu 6 Jul 2017   Vancouver Isl 
Jul 6, 2017
  Vancouver Isl  
Equinox celebration  Thu 22 Mar 2018   Friends  Vancouver Isl  XF 16/1.4 
Mar 22, 2018
  Friends, Vancouver Isl, XF 16/1.4  
Beecher Bay  Wed 25 Jul 2018   Juan de Fuca St  Panorama  Vancouver Isl  XF 18-55 
Jul 25, 2018
  Panorama, Juan de Fuca St, Vancouver Isl, XF 18-55  
Apocalyptic  Mon 20 Aug 2018   Vancouver Isl  XF 16/1.4 
Aug 20, 2018
  Vancouver Isl, XF 16/1.4  
A sunny afternoon at the point  Thu 4 Oct 2018   Samyang 12  Vancouver Isl 
Oct 4, 2018
  Vancouver Isl, Samyang 12  
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving  Mon 8 Oct 2018   17-55  Vancouver Isl 
Oct 8, 2018
  Vancouver Isl, 17-55  
Grey weather, grey house  Mon 10 Dec 2018   Vancouver Isl  XF 23/2 
Dec 10, 2018
  XF 23/2, Vancouver Isl  
Rainy drive   Tue 11 Dec 2018   Vancouver Isl  XF 23/2 
Dec 11, 2018
  XF 23/2, Vancouver Isl  
Grey tree  Wed 12 Dec 2018   Vancouver Isl  XF 23/2 
Dec 12, 2018
  XF 23/2, Vancouver Isl  
Roses  Thu 13 Dec 2018   Vancouver Isl  XF 50/2 
Dec 13, 2018
  XF 50/2, Vancouver Isl  
Lucy  Fri 14 Dec 2018   Dog  Vancouver Isl  XF 50/2 
Dec 14, 2018
  Vancouver Isl, XF 50/2, Dog  
December Strawberry  Sat 15 Dec 2018   Vancouver Isl 
Dec 15, 2018
  Vancouver Isl  
A break in the rain  Sun 30 Dec 2018   Juan de Fuca St  Vancouver Isl 
Dec 30, 2018
  Juan de Fuca St, Vancouver Isl  
Snow  Fri 8 Feb 2019   Vancouver Isl 
Feb 8, 2019
  Vancouver Isl  
The appointment  Tue 18 Jun 2019   Vancouver Isl 
Jun 18, 2019
  Vancouver Isl  
Druids on the beach  Mon 22 Jun 2020   Jordan River  Vancouver Isl 
Jun 22, 2020
  Jordan River, Vancouver Isl  
Petrel beach  Wed 16 Sep 2020   Jordan River  Vancouver Isl 
Sep 16, 2020
  Vancouver Isl, Jordan River  
 
 
 
Sea Lion Caves
Tue 26 Nov 2013      20/2.8 - 28-200 - Vancouver Isl 
Sea Lion Caves
     Tue 26 Nov 2013      20/2.8 - 28-200 - 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. 

 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
 
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      
 
 
Winter Arrives
Fri 6 Dec 2013      17-55 - 35/2 - Juan de Fuca St - Vancouver Isl 
Winter Arrives
     Fri 6 Dec 2013      17-55 - 35/2 - 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.  

 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
 
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      
 
 
East Sooke Coastal Trail
Mon 16 Dec 2013      17-55 - Vancouver Isl 
East Sooke Coastal Trail
     Mon 16 Dec 2013      17-55 - 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. 

 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
 
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      
 
 
Two on Water
Fri 20 Dec 2013      B&W - Juan de Fuca St - Vancouver Isl 
Two on Water
     Fri 20 Dec 2013      B&W - Juan de Fuca St - Vancouver Isl 
 
 
 

The container ship on the strait and Young lake.

 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
 
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      
 
 
Fungus Amongus
Wed 29 Jan 2014      24-120/4 - Vancouver Isl 
Fungus Amongus
     Wed 29 Jan 2014      24-120/4 - 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. 

 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
 
Fungus      
 
 
Fungus      
 
 
Fungus      
 
Fungus      
 
 
Fungus      
 
 
Fungus      
 
 
Bluff Mountain
Tue 4 Feb 2014      24-120/4 - B&W - Hiking - Vancouver Isl 
Bluff Mountain
     Tue 4 Feb 2014      24-120/4 - 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.

 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
 
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      
 
 
Vernal equinox at Jordan River
Thu 20 Mar 2014      Vancouver Isl 
Vernal equinox at Jordan River
     Thu 20 Mar 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      
 
 
Forest for all Seasons
Wed 2 Apr 2014      JdF Land Trust - Vancouver Isl 
Forest for all Seasons
     Wed 2 Apr 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.

 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honeybee Awareness Day
Tue 27 May 2014      24-120/4 - JdF Land Trust - Vancouver Isl 
Honeybee Awareness Day
     Tue 27 May 2014      24-120/4 - 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

 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jordan River
Wed 14 Jan 2015      24-120/4 - Vancouver Isl 
Jordan River
     Wed 14 Jan 2015      24-120/4 - Vancouver Isl 
 
 
 

The barely-there community of Jordan River made the news recently when the regional district decided to close the community's campgrounds. Turns out, visitors to this campground are at risk of drowning should a powerful earthquake strike. (In fact, much of the community is at risk). But it isn’t a tsunami that the government is concerned about, though there is certainly a risk of that. The government is concerned about an old hydroelectric dam upstream on the Jordan River. This dam, one of two on the river, needs a retrofit if it is to survive a big temblor but no retrofit is planned. Therefore, the government decided that no one should camp downstream of the dam.

I was curious about the dam, so I traveled to check it out. It's about 10km to the top which  takes about 2.5 hours. The first shot is, of course, the road to the dams. The second and third shots are of Elliott Reservoir, which is held back by the hydroelectric dam. The fourth shot is of the Diversion Reservoir which is held back by the higher-altitude earthen dam. As shown in the last shot, there is a lot of clear cutting in this area of the island.

 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
 
Jordan river watershed      
 
 
Jordan river watershed      
 
 
Jordan river watershed      
 
Jordan River watershed      
 
 
Jordan River watershed      
 
 
Jordan River watershed      
 
Jordan River dam      
 
 
Jordan River dam      
 
 
Jordan River dam      
 
Jordan River watershed      
 
 
Jordan River watershed      
 
 
Jordan River watershed      
 
 
Controlling Distortion
Thu 2 Jul 2015      10.5 - Vancouver Isl 
Controlling Distortion
     Thu 2 Jul 2015      10.5 - 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      
 
 
What I saw on the ferry
Thu 16 Jul 2015      15/2.8 - 70-300vr - Vancouver Isl 
What I saw on the ferry
     Thu 16 Jul 2015      15/2.8 - 70-300vr - 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.

 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
 
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      
 
 
Jimmy Carter
Fri 21 Aug 2015      50/1.2 - Sooke - US Politics - Vancouver Isl 
Jimmy Carter
     Fri 21 Aug 2015      50/1.2 - Sooke - US Politics - 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.

 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
 
Peden Lake      
 
 
Peden Lake      
 
 
Peden Lake      
 
Peden Lake      
 
 
Peden Lake      
 
 
Peden Lake      
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail
Mon 31 Aug 2015      24-120/4 - Hikes - Hiking - Vancouver Isl 
Juan de Fuca Trail
     Mon 31 Aug 2015      24-120/4 - 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.

 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
 
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      
 
 
Seals at Muir beach
Mon 29 Aug 2016      Vancouver Isl  XC 50-230
Seals at Muir beach
     Mon 29 Aug 2016      Vancouver Isl  XC 50-230
 
 
 

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      
 
 
Bali vs Vancouver Island
Wed 22 Mar 2017      Ubud - Vancouver Isl 
Bali vs Vancouver Island
     Wed 22 Mar 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.

 
 
 
Mystic Beach
Mon 26 Jun 2017      Vancouver Isl 
Mystic Beach
     Mon 26 Jun 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.

 
 
 
Ferry
Thu 6 Jul 2017      Vancouver Isl 
Ferry
     Thu 6 Jul 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.

 
 
 
Equinox celebration
Thu 22 Mar 2018      Friends - Vancouver Isl  XF 16/1.4
Equinox celebration
     Thu 22 Mar 2018      Friends - Vancouver Isl  XF 16/1.4
 
 
 

We gathered Tuesday evening to celebrate the equinox. We do this twice a year, always at the same location, where the Jordan River empties into the Pacific.

 
 
 
Vernal (Spring) equinox, Jordan River      
 
 
Vernal (Spring) equinox, Jordan River      
 
 
Vernal (Spring) equinox, Jordan River      
 
 
Beecher Bay
Wed 25 Jul 2018      Juan de Fuca St - Panorama - Vancouver Isl  XF 18-55
Beecher Bay
     Wed 25 Jul 2018      Juan de Fuca St - Panorama - Vancouver Isl  XF 18-55
 
 
 
Beecher Bay      
 
 
Beecher Bay      
 
 
Beecher Bay      
 
 

 
 
 
Apocalyptic
Mon 20 Aug 2018      Vancouver Isl  XF 16/1.4
Apocalyptic
     Mon 20 Aug 2018      Vancouver Isl  XF 16/1.4
 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
 
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.

 
 
 
A sunny afternoon at the point
Thu 4 Oct 2018      Samyang 12 - Vancouver Isl 
A sunny afternoon at the point
     Thu 4 Oct 2018      Samyang 12 - Vancouver Isl 
 
 
 
Paul and Lucy @ Otter Point      
 
 
Paul and Lucy @ Otter Point      
 
 
Paul and Lucy @ Otter Point      
 
 

 
 
 
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving
Mon 8 Oct 2018      17-55 - Vancouver Isl 
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving
     Mon 8 Oct 2018      17-55 - 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      
 
 
Grey weather, grey house
Mon 10 Dec 2018      Vancouver Isl  XF 23/2
Grey weather, grey house
     Mon 10 Dec 2018      Vancouver Isl  XF 23/2
 
 
 
Otter point with 23mm      
 
 
Otter point with 23mm      
 
 
Otter point with 23mm      
 
 

 
 
 
Rainy drive
Tue 11 Dec 2018      Vancouver Isl  XF 23/2
Rainy drive
     Tue 11 Dec 2018      Vancouver Isl  XF 23/2
 
 
 
West coast road      
 
 
West coast road      
 
 
West coast road      
 
 

 
 
 
Grey tree
Wed 12 Dec 2018      Vancouver Isl  XF 23/2
Grey tree
     Wed 12 Dec 2018      Vancouver Isl  XF 23/2
 
 
 
Tree next to house      
 
 
Tree next to house      
 
 
Tree next to house      
 
 

 
 
 
Roses
Thu 13 Dec 2018      Vancouver Isl  XF 50/2
Roses
     Thu 13 Dec 2018      Vancouver Isl  XF 50/2
 
 
 
Roses      
 
 
Roses      
 
 
Roses      
 
 

 
 
 
Lucy
Fri 14 Dec 2018      Dog - Vancouver Isl  XF 50/2
Lucy
     Fri 14 Dec 2018      Dog - Vancouver Isl  XF 50/2
 
 
 
Lucy      
 
 
Lucy      
 
 
Lucy      
 
 

 
 
 
December Strawberry
Sat 15 Dec 2018      Vancouver Isl 
December Strawberry
     Sat 15 Dec 2018      Vancouver Isl 
 
 
 
Still getting strawberries      
 
 
Still getting strawberries      
 
 
Still getting strawberries      
 
 

 
 
 
A break in the rain
Sun 30 Dec 2018      Juan de Fuca St - Vancouver Isl 
A break in the rain
     Sun 30 Dec 2018      Juan de Fuca St - Vancouver Isl 
 
 
 
Looking northwest from the point      
 
 
Looking northwest from the point      
 
 
Looking northwest from the point      
 
 

 
 
 
Snow
Fri 8 Feb 2019      Vancouver Isl 
Snow
     Fri 8 Feb 2019      Vancouver Isl 
 
 
 
Fence with snow      
 
 
Fence with snow      
 
 
Fence with snow      
 
 

 
 
 
The appointment
Tue 18 Jun 2019      Vancouver Isl 
The appointment
     Tue 18 Jun 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.

 
 
 
Druids on the beach
Mon 22 Jun 2020      Jordan River - Vancouver Isl 
Druids on the beach
     Mon 22 Jun 2020      Jordan River - Vancouver Isl 
 
 
 
Summer solstice celebration at Jordan River      
 
 
Summer solstice celebration at Jordan River      
 
 
Summer solstice celebration at Jordan River      
 
 

 
 
 
Petrel beach
Wed 16 Sep 2020      Jordan River - Vancouver Isl 
Petrel beach
     Wed 16 Sep 2020      Jordan River - Vancouver Isl 
 
 
 
Petrel beach      
 
 
Petrel beach      
 
 
Petrel beach