This gallery contains 4 photos. I saw many things of nature–24 species of birds, white-tailed deer, and awesome confluences of sea and sky–to inspire me over the BC Day Long Weekend, but none so much as this shot of the algae-and-kelp covered rocks at Galiano Island’s Cable Bay/Pebble Beach at low tide; the interplay of brown and green and blue was just so mesmerizing. See more here for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration.
Yes, there really is a Pebble Beach on Galiano Island.
f/8, 1/320, 150mm, 150-500mm telephoto lens, ISO 100
The island sunsets were especially magnificent, especially when viewed from a private waterfront cabin deck (courtesy of good friends). When the skies turned from purple to black, we could hear the orcas sing, and sometimes even catch their fins slicing through the waters close to shore. The island sunrises were equally impressive, and we woke to birdsong from regulars like Bald Eagles, Ravens, Great Blue Herons, Northern Flickers, Red-Breasted Nuthatches, Anna’s Hummingbirds, and Belted Kingfishers–to name a few birds that I could identify.
The sun goes down at Porlier Pass. Plenty of stars to see when the skies turn black!
f/11, 1/800, 174 mm, 150-500mm telephoto lens, ISO 100
Yachts, speedboats, and fishing boats could be seen at any and all times of the day. Fishing around Montague Harbour–thanks to our generous and experienced fishing guide–netted us four pink salmon and a very generous and fresh evening meal of tinfoil-wrapped BBQ salmon, seasoned with lemon juice and herbs from the Scarborough Fair song. 🙂
Sitting on the rocks at Porlier Pass and watching the water traffic go by.
f/6.3, 1/500, 500mm, 150-500mm telephoto lens, ISO 100
This is one of the many breathtaking views from the top of Bodega Ridge Provincial Park. Our hike on this 45-minute trail happened on our last day on the island, and this vantage point gave us a 328 m above sea level view of the surrounding islands below us, as well as the Strait of Georgia. The rockface is sheer and drops off at almost 80 degrees, and the trail narrows in quite a few spots.
An almost bird’s eye view from the highest point on Bodega Ridge Provincial Park.
f/16, 1/500, 150mm, 150-500mm telephoto lens, ISO 400