My plans for some early morning landscape photography were derailed by heavy fog near the ocean, so I adjusted them and went to a location where I figured I could use the fog to my advantage and make some interesting photographs; Whiffen Spit.
The Olympic Peninsula (and Olympic National Park) is just a short ferry ride across the Straight of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, and somewhere I’ve been meaning to visit for years. I’m glad that I finally did!
Sombrio Beach is a place I’ve been meaning to check out for quite some time. In fact, a few weeks ago I actually drove there (it’s around an hour drive pst Sooke, along a the twisty West Coast Road), but when I arrived, both parking areas were full and the gravel road leading to it was lined with cars on both sides for some distance up the hill, so I decided to try again another day. I’m glad I did, because when I returned this time, there were only a few people camping on the beach and it was a great day to explore.
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.
It was about a degree below freezing with just enough of a breeze to make it seem much cooler down at Sandcut Beach, but the sun was out and it was a beautiful day for photography. Look out from the beach and on most days you can see the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. I have heard there and many excellent photographic opportunities there and hope to check it out myself some time in the future.
This year I want to take more photos both locally and when I am away from home. I started off the year with a trip to the Tofino area, where I had the chance to do a good amount of shooting and appreciating that beautiful area. January is frequently stormy and this year was no different.
One thing is certain… no matter what else is happening, time goes on. And with it, things change. Some so slowly it’s almost imperceptible, while other things so quickly it seems if you blink you might miss them. Somewhere between the extremes is the changes that take place in autumn. Slowly the leaves start to change colour, at least on certain types of trees and other plants. Then they begin to fall cover the ground like a colourful carpet. Around here the rain starts to become more frequent and the rivers and creeks start to flow more swiftly. In some cases they go from being almost totally dry stream beds to rushing flows of water.