View of Georgia Strait and lighthouse, with arbutus tree in foreground

Watch on the Strait (click to enlarge)

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.

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer and writer focusing on nature and the environment

8 responses »

  1. Sherry Galey says:

    Yes,the old weather eye! Know that well 😉 Your summer boating plans in the Gulf Islands sound absolutely blissful to me! Enjoy.

  2. Robin says:

    Beautiful image, Laurie. 🙂 It’s the time of year when we need to keep an eye on the weather here, too, with the possibility of tropical systems moving through.

  3. Such a gorgeous part of the world…Love the photo.

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