Cattle Point Sunrise

Long lines of logs at Cattle Point in Victoria, British Columbia. I’m trying to be a little more disciplined over the last month or two and am making an effort to get up earlier to catch the first morning light—such was a case late last month when I was down in Victoria to pick up a long awaited Fuji X-T1 and …

Clouds and Wire – BC SkyWatch #12

SkyWatch Friday was yesterday but I thought that I share some of these sky photographs I took earlier this week. Late in the afternoon a dramatic set of clouds formed over downtown Courtenay, British Columbia. A double rainbow appeared, lasting about 15 minutes before ending in a short heavy downpour. I really didn’t have much to work with as far …

Wickaninnish Beach – BC Skywatch #11

Well folks, another SkyWatch Friday has rolled around. Located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia the sandy beaches in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve are known for their spectacular sunsets (when it isn’t foggy or raining!). Sunset at low tide is ideal since the wet sand adds sky reflection into the composition.  A few dramatic clouds don’t …

Comber’s Beach – BC Skywatch #10

Comber's Beach Sunset #1 It’s been a while since I’ve posted a series of Skywatch images but this Friday I walked from Wickaninnish Beach to Comber’s Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Various combinations of sand and water and sky presented themselves and changing the camera position slightly revealed different patterns and textures. It was one of the uncommon …

Halfmoon Bay – BC Skywatch #9

Rocky islets and wet sand in Halfmoon Bay. Yesterday evening I headed down to Halfmoon Bay in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to catch the late evening light. This beautiful little sandy beach has a great north-west orientation and lots of little rocky islands and silohuetted trees for sunset photography. Enjoy! Western end of Halfmoon Bay. Looking west toward Quisitis …

Comox Bay – BC Skywatch #8

While I spent most of my time this past weekend slogging around the mudflats of Comox Bay looking for Bent-nosed Clams and Japanese Littlenecks I couldn’t help looking occasionally skyward. The light was just brilliant and the combination of dark mud and dynamic clouds was irresistible. Many of these photographs feature a set of pilings. The bird boxes on these …

Oyster Bay – BC SkyWatch #7

Oyster Bay Sky #1 I’ve stopped in at Oyster Bay on my way through several times this week for a quick look for birds and to admire the setting sun. Oyster Bay is on the east side of Vancouver Island but the sunset lights up the Coast Mountains across the Strait of Georgia making for some dramatic skies. I captured …

A Glorious Morning – BC SkyWatch #6

In the dead of winter here on the West Coast of Canada one knows that if the sun is shining in the morning it is imperative to seize the day before it vanishes. Such was the case this Tuesday when we had a break in the deluge. After a quick breakfast we headed to Goose Spit to do some beach …

Simply Saguaro – Arizona SkyWatch #7

It’s a dark, wet, rainy night here on Vancouver Island so my thoughts turn southward once again to the blue skies of Arizona for SkyWatch Friday inspiration. Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) with arms reaching to the sky. Last March I traveled with two other naturalists to Arizona for a week of botanizing and birdwatching. One of the National Parks we …

A Grey New Year – BC SkyWatch #5

On this last day of 2009 I thought it would be fitting to share a series of the typically grey skies that we experience here on the coast of British Columbia in the winter. With any luck, signs of spring will be appearing in a couple of months and we’ll be experiencing blue skies again soon! This series of images …