South of the Border

Canada has some pretty nice mountains but you can’t help but admire those visible south of the border… Mount Baker looked beautiful in the blue hour, while the Olympics gleamed across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

I am so very far behind in my Instagram blogging… The first photo was taken way back in April as we returned from Vancouver Island on the ferry. The sunset to the west was very nice, but when I went to the opposite side of the ship I was blown away by this lovely view of Mount Baker with a pink sky above it. It took a few tries to get a sharp photo given the strong wind and the rolling ferry, but I did get a couple good enough to post. I like how the scene naturally divides into quarters: the ocean, the land, the sky, and the clouds. OK, so it’s not exactly quarters but it’s close enough for me!

The second photo was taken in Victoria earlier in the day looking across a blustery Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Olympic Mountains, the snowy peaks floating about a layer of clouds. I waited until the ship came into my frame to improve the foreground (well, mid-ground) interest, thinking that a ship sailing towards the centre of the image would make it more appealing. Unfortunately, the ship changed direction until it was pointing out of my photo! Argh! One of my pet peeves is photographs that show something or someone looking like they’re leaving the frame! (There are exceptions, of course.) I was hesitant whether to bother with it after that but took it anyway. I still like it, as similar to the previous photo, the scene naturally divides evenly into horizontal layers, but I do wish the ship hadn’t changed course.

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