Recently my work took me over to Mayne Island. This means leaving Nanaimo around 3am to catch a 5:30am ferry out of Schwartz Bay! I had wanted to see the Georgina Point Lighthouse, a Mayne Island landmark, for a long time so I was a happy traveller. It was a short visit but I will be back to explore when I have more time! Here are some images from my visit and the ferry ride over.
Every year in late February and into early March, the waters around Vancouver Island come alive with seiners, gill-netters, sea-lions, seals, eagles, and all varieties of shorebirds. (not to mention a few photographers too ;). They're all here for the annual herring spawning season. Schools of millions of herring come into the Salish Sea to spawn on the rocky beaches, turning the waters a milky turquoise. The sea-lions hunt the herring in packs, surfacing like porpoises. The birds are everywhere, eating the eggs on the beaches. It's a veritable explosion of life after a long cold winter. Here are a few of my pictures from some days I spent trying to capture some of this year's action.
It's a bit of a drive but I really enjoy shooting sunrises at Ship's Point Park up in Fanny Bay. For some reason there always seems to be interesting clouds there? Anyways I really enjoy all the rocks and how the appearance changes as the tide goes in or out. Also one of the locals showed me another local beach with very interesting lines of shale going out into the water. Here are some images from a recent morning up there.