After a beautiful February it is time to move onto March. This photo is from my recent visit to Port Alberni’s hole in the wall.
This weekend while I was in Nanaimo I also made a day trip up to Port Alberni. I am always trying to find new places to go and often find it difficult to find good resources to find new locations, which is one of the reason I started www.WildBC.ca. The night before I left I did a quick search and found a semi dated site that did seem to have a pretty good catalog of hikes around Port Alberni. I set off without setting my hopes to high because I knew the area I had chosen to hike had been logged at some point and the guide I did have was from 2005. The directions did not really stand up but I ran into some locals who where able to point me in the right direction. I was quite amazed to find the “hole in the wall” and not only that but a patch of decent sized trees was left around it.
This locations was unlike anything I have seen before let a lone something so close to home and the walk in was very pleasant. I would highly recommend checking it out if you are passing though or making a trip out to Port Alberni and have an hour or so to spare.
This past weekend I was visiting Naniamo and spent a few hours enjoying the spring like weather down at Neck Point park. While I was there the tide was very low and a pair of Canadian Geese caught my eye on one of the little islands just off shore. Since the tide was low enough I was able to make it over fine, but on the way back I did get wet. The things you will do for a few photos!
Victoria British Columbia is a wonderful place for photographers to get a sampling of the amazing natural beauty that Vancouver Island and BC has to offer. This list is in no way complete and is just a fraction of sights that Vancouver Island, BC and even Victoria has to offer.
Cattle Point is a small park that has a panoramic view of the Olympic mountains across from Victoria. This park is popular due to its easy access and easy walking trails. Although this is a pretty tame park there is no shortage of good photo opportunities here. This is a great location to catch a sunrise from or if you are more interested in wildlife you can often spot river otters feeding in the evenings and of course you can often spot shore birds darting around the rocks.
The Swan Lake Christmas Hill nature sanctuary is a great place to take in some local wildlife while not having to leave the city. The lake and surrounding native plants make for an oasis that birds and subsequently other wildlife flocks too. Even if you are not into bird watching you can still enjoy the beautiful trails that circle this urban oasis.
Clover Point is a popular location with tourists visiting the city of Victoria. This park offers a waterfront path near downtown that follows along the ocean front looking down onto a pebbled beach with the Olympic Mountains rising above the ocean in the distance. Along with being a great location to take in the sunset it is also another hot spot for shore birds and if you pay close attention often a seal or two.
Esquimalt Lagoon is a great location for birds specially during migrations as many birds use this area as stop over before continuing on there journey. Although this location is most attractive to birders it also offers some decent spots for sunsets and other landscape shots.
Goldstream Provincial Park is not quite in Victoria but it is very close and has some of the best opportunities for photography in the area. During the late fall and early winter you can witness the salmon swimming up the river to spawn and with that the flocks of gulls and eagles. At any time of the year there are plenty of hiking trails ranging from easy to advanced which all offer glimpses into the Pacific North-West’s amazing ecosystem ranging from temperate coastal rainforest to rocky outcroppings and mountains.
So are you saying these are the only good places to take photos in Victoria? Absolutely not, there are many more places and I am sure I will get around to writing about them but I wanted to keep this article somewhat short. Be sure to keep a look out for future articles exploring Victoria and beyond. If you do have your own personal favourites feel free to let me know, you can leave a comment or send me an email.
I have been feeling under the weather the past few days but managed to get out for a bit this Saturday and made my way to Swan Lake. Looks like spring is on the way, there where a few signs fresh green sprouts. I got there a bit late but I did manage to capture a Song Sparrow (Melospiza Melodia) doing a little dance.