Wednesday, May 18, 2011

To the sea

We've been back from our seaside adventure for a few days now, long enough to recover from our vacation (it was not a restful, lying on the beach with margaritas trip, let me tell you) and for me to go through our photos a little. I won't bore you with an endless slideshow of getaway snaps, but here are some of the highlights of day one.

We stopped as always in Cathedral Grove, a set of trails through MacMillan Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. This place always seems a little supernatural, a little primeval, a little Lord of the Rings - full of towering trees draped with moss and ferns crawling all over the ground. And the smells like you wouldn't believe - cedar and fir and wet growing things and (maybe my imagination) but a little bit of salt from the sea.

We found a stream with a large log crossing it and stopped for a photo op. I don't know what was on the other side of the stream... maybe next time we'll find out.

We kept driving along the highway, crossing the island, when we came to a pullout next to a bend in the river with large, flat rocks and rapids running between them.

There were tons of little waterfalls leading from one level to the next, it was a great place to practice the effect of shutter speed - but that's another post.

When we got to our cabin, we were greeted (as always) by a chorus of barking sea lions from the docks and eagles soaring overhead. And, a first - by a female common merganser paddling around the harbour.

To be continued...


  1. i love the Cathedral Grove it is sooo pretty & majestic like you said other worldly almost like lord of the rings.

  2. awesome!! I love that mossy forest and the color of the river, like glacier runoff.

  3. Hi! I found your blog through Brooke's blog.
    What a pretty place! That common merganser photo is really cool.

  4. Hi, thanks for commenting on my blog! Those are amazing photos; it looks like your trip was just beautiful! I noticed you have a degree in wildlife biology--I too have a degree in biology and interned at a nature center for a while. I look forward to reading more!

  5. The photos are so amazing V. :)

    I am so in need of a trip. I am vicariously living thru others people's right now :)

    Have a lovely weekend T. :)

    P.S. I would definitely call yourself an "Artist" look at the lovely colours you choose in your jewelry making and these beautiful photos :)

  6. Wow! Awesome photos, I love it! BTW, if you have etsy coupon you can share your coupon at


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