Early morning aboard a boat can be a wonderful time, especially when you’re anchored in a quiet spot. Before the daytime breeze starts to ripple the water’s surface, you can find an infinite variety of animal and human faces and recognizable shapes in the reflections around the shoreline.
I’m convinced that the symmetry of these images must have inspired the earliest west coast aboriginal artists: just turn the reflections on their sides, and you have natural totem poles.
I took the photo above at Fish Egg Inlet on BC’s Central Coast.
Here are a few more west coast shoreline photos – can you see the “totem poles”? (Click for larger view.)
The photo at the top of this page, “Still of Morning”, is available as a mounted print or as a greeting card – please contact me if you’re interested.