Long Beach – where sand reflects sky and even the birds are confused.
Have you ever had a photo that frustrated you with its lost potential? A picture where the image captured wasn’t the one you saw?
This photo (the one below) is one of mine. It’s too far, too bright and too exposed. It doesn’t capture the muffled sound of the surf or the silent flight of sea birds. It doesn’t hint at the rough texture of the sand or the whisper of salt in the breeze. It doesn’t show the serene splendor of the Pacific Rim.
I was ready to launch this in to the trash heap but then thought what if. What if this wasn’t a photo. What if it is was just a picture, a rendered line drawing that captured the highlights and textures. A digital editor could do that.
And so there it is. My featured photo and reclamation of a lost shot.
It is not a great photo.
But it’s a not bad picture either, eh?
Long Beach, Tofino. British Columbia, Canada. 2017
The best way to experience nature is to take a walk.
While exploring Tofino we took a hike to Schooner Cove in the Pacific Rim National Park. The web page said it was a short and relatively easy trail, leading through lush rainforests and over gentle meandering streams.
“How long is it?” I asked.
“It’s not far,” hubby said. “Less than ..” he mumbled into his shoulder as he turned away to get something from somewhere else.
So we walked. It started out easy enough.
But after walking down and around for what seemed like forever, we came to this extended ramp.
At this point, with only the faint promise of surf in the distance, we had too much vested in the walk to turn back. We continued walking, going up and down several more ramps and valleys until we faced the final ascent.
On paper it is only a two kilometre hike. However most of it is climbing up or down stairs. It could have been worse. If there wasn’t a board walk for instance. But then I probably wouldn’t be taking this hike.
How was Schooner’s Cove, the final destination? It was good.
After the walk we went back to the hotel.
Thoughtfully displayed, for our post-walk reflection were these warning signs.
Pacific Rim National Park in Tofino, Vancouver Island. BC. 2017
After years of living in China and South East Asia it was time to come home.
But after a few weeks in Toronto, hubby and I realized we still had the whole of Canada to explore.
Starting with Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia. The island is off the Pacific coast line of Canada and USA. It has an unprotected face to the Pacific and is characterized by extreme weather, rugged coastlines and awe inspiring views of mountains, sea and sky.
These pictures were taken at Long Beach in Tofino. It was an unusually warm (12 degrees!) and sunny day in November. Normal weather is cold with constant rain and intermittent periods of more rain. With a dour scowl a local resident told me that “last year it rained every day for four months.” This summer though was a good one. It was a dry and sunny. Lucky for me, a bit of summer hung around.
There are two types of people in Tofino.
Those who walk and those who surf.
I fall in the category of walkers.
One day I might even get a dog.
Tofino, Vancouver Island. British Columbia. 2017