In the summer, overnight fog forms frequently along much of the BC coast, and it often doesn’t dissipate until the next afternoon. Even if you have radar and GPS, navigating is tricky, especially when time constraints or distance require you to make a morning passage.
Sometimes you’re travelling virtually blind with no landmarks whatsoever – a disorienting experience that makes it challenging to steer a straight course. At other times nearby shorelines can be just visible enough to help guide your passage, but boats and even large ships can be hard to spot until suddenly they appear, alarmingly near. Even while maintaining a 360-degree watch and using our radar, we’ve had some close encounters we’d prefer to forget.
Yet despite such anxiety, I appreciate the profound beauty that fog can bring. As it drapes its soft white shawl over the sea and land, it creates an almost otherworldly hush, an ethereal light and ever-changing hints of mysterious shoreline textures.
The photo above is from the God’s Pocket area of Queen Charlotte Strait, looking towards the BC mainland. If you click on the image to enlarge it then look closely, you’ll see two ghost-like boats travelling through the mist – making a morning run across the Strait, as we were doing that day.
This image was one of the 38 prints in “Reflections on the Coast”, my photography show which took place recently on Gabriola Island. In case you weren’t able to see it, here’s a narrated video of the show (be sure to have your sound turned on).