I went for a brief walk around the Cooper’s Cove area in the Sooke Basin and had a chance to take a few photos of the Stickleback West Coast Eatery, which, by the way, is a great place to grab a meal after a day of kayaking. This is a favourite area of mine, because it is close to the Galloping Goose regional trail, where I take a lot of photos, and provides great access to a sheltered cove. I have seen many excellent photos taken from kayaks, but as of yet, I have limited myself to using an iPhone in a waterproof case when I am on the water. The idea of taking my DSLR in a little kayak makes me rather nervous, to say the least, but it is really something I want to do. Perhaps, in the future, I will venture out on a calm day and ease into it. For now, I leave you with an HDR image of the Stickleback.
Just over a five minute drive from home, I “discovered” a great new location for photography. Maybe not so much discovered it as realized what has been right under my nose for ages. The Sooke Region Historical Society describes the Lannan Flats area on a local historical marker as such: “The Lannan family farmed hundreds of acres along the shores of Sooke basin in the early 1900’s. In summer community picnics and horse racing took place on these salt flats. Earlier, in 1864, Ash’s Landing, east of Lannan Creek, was the starting point of the government trail leading to the Leech River gold rush site”. It’s a little early for summer picnics and I don’t think the area has seen horse racing in decades, but it is still a great spot to get down to the relatively sheltered waters in the Sooke basin and take some photos.