I arranged for a small group from my local photo club to go on a day trip to Botanical Beach. The beach is best seen at low tide, when the many unique features can be more easily observed, and the water doesn’t keep you off the beach. This took a bit of coordination to get the timings right and as the day approached, it looked like we might be more in danger of getting wet from the rain than the ocean.
Fortunately, as we departed for the beach that morning, the clouds had lifted and we were provided a mostly sunny day to explore the natural wonders.
The natural differences in the rock along with the actions of the tide and marine life combine to create a very interesting landscape.
While it is a somewhat remote location (about two hours drive from Victoria, BC along a twisty and sometimes rough road) it can draw large crowds, especially on a sunny weekend. Fortunately, we had arrived early and mostly had the beach to ourselves for the first couple of hours.
A closer look at some of the holes in the bedrock reveal they are all different and contain many forms of life.
Not all of the beach is smooth rock filled with these holes, though. Some of it is much more rugged.
It is not only the tide pools and beach that provide something interesting to look at. The cliff walls surrounding the beach are also weathered and have fascinating features.
While most of the rocks are interesting because of forces of nature, some are interesting because of the actions of people.
I usually get out to Botanical Beach about once a year, but with all there is to see there, it is a place you could keep going back to and see something different every time. Being exposed to the open ocean the weather could put on quite a good show at times, but for this visit, it was an enjoyable spring day.