The past week has brought plenty of sunshine along with the strong and steady northwest winds that generally predominate here in early July. Right now the seas are nowhere near as calm as they were on the spring day when I took this photo of Entrance Island lighthouse and the Strait of Georgia (taken from Orlebar Point on Gabriola Island).
Those relentless northwest winds can wreak havoc with boaters’ plans to cross the Strait and they inevitably slow any northward progress. So it’s just as well we’re not going north this year and instead, will be taking our little boating holiday very close to home, in the Gulf Islands. (Besides, I hear that “staycations” are all the rage right now!)
Nonetheless, even for a short boating trip, there’s a lot to do before we can leave and begin the process of regaining our sea legs. Once we set off it will be essential to keep a keen weather eye at all times, so we’ll be paying close attention to the daily weather reports on our VHF radio – including the reports from the hard-working and dedicated lighthouse keepers at Entrance Island.
“Watch on the Strait” is one of the 34 mounted prints in my “Inspired by the Coast” photography show, on now and through the summer at the Silva Bay Restaurant & Pub on Gabriola Island. If you are on Gabriola I hope you’ll check it out. Open every day, and the food is excellent.