Mountains at sea

A view of Golden Ears from the entrance to Active Pass on our ferry ride home.

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I love being out on deck as the ferry goes through Active Pass. I’ve seen killer whales here several times, seals most times, eagles, and the occasional sea lion. On our outward journey on Friday, I saw a couple of deer feeding in one of the meadows on Mayne Island.

As usual, I was up at the bow, primed to get take a picture of the other ferry coming towards us, only to be reminded of the glorious view of Golden Ears framed between headlands on Galiano (left) and Mayne Islands. Since it caught me by surprise, I was a little late in taking the photo, and as a result, it’s not as well framed as I feel it could have been; I would like the headlands to be a little closer together. I’ll have to make sure I get it right next time! Maybe the light will be more favourable too?

Rays of pink

A few pink rays over the Howe Sound peaks

Another perspective on last night’s incredible sunset. As the saying goes, as you’re watching a sunset (or sunrise), don’t forget to look behind you. I really liked the pink rays of cloud over the deep blue cloud-capped peaks along the Howe Sound Crest Trail.

A splash of colour

Some welcome colour after the greyest of grey days

To say that today has been grey is an understatement. It hasn’t been raining the whole time, but it has been an oppressive, unrelenting dull grey. So imagine our astonishment when the clouds broke up towards the end of the day as we approached Bowen Island on the ferry. I couldn’t believe my eyes at first: straight ahead the view was the blue of approaching dusk, while to our left everything had a distinct magenta cast to it. I was sufficiently intrigued to go out on deck and was greeted by this incredible sight. Definitely one of the nicest and most dramatic sunsets we’ve had in a while.

After that, we met up with the Black Sheep for some Guy Fawkes’ night merriment and mayhem!

Killer whales

A trio of killer whales in Active Pass, including a baby. Just another BC moment… 🙂

For a while I had a good run of whale-spotting from the ferry ride from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay. This one was good because it was on a bright sunny afternoon, and there was a little baby whale in the group! I love the fact that we can see these animals here – whales have been one of my favourite animals since the Save the Whale campaign of the 1970s.

Dark clouds

Dark clouds over Vancouver

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I can never resist spending time out on deck on a ferry crossing, even if the wind is howling and threatening to make off with my hat. We left Vancouver under heavy grey clouds, and emerged in dazzling sunshine part-way across the Strait of Georgia.

I don’t think the clouds were quite as threatening as I’ve made them appear in this photo – I just liked to boost the contrast a little and rein-in the highlights to give it a more dramatic appearance. I thought about a black-and-white conversion too, but in the end just decided to desaturate the photo which left a little bit of blue sky as a visual cue. Of course, having the ferry heading into the clouds is really what makes the picture.

A seal a-swimming

Harbour seal swimming alongside the ferry in Active Pass

There are times when it’s hard to believe we live next to an ocean because the sea is so calm.

Sometimes the waters on Active Pass are glassy smooth, disturbed only by whispering eddies.

A seal pops up its head and starts swimming through the flat green water, leaving its own trail of ripples behind it.

A sea of mountains

View from the stern – peaks of the Howe Sound Crest Trail on a lovely sunny afternoon

After our quick trip into Lighthouse Park, the sun came out for us as we took our bikes over to Bowen Island to meet up with friends. Since the bike racks were at the back, we were the last to offload so we hung around and admired the view across the water. We’d hiked that line of mountains on a muggy day in June last year, something we’d wanted to do for a few years. Beautiful hike, but not to be underestimated!