The shoreline can be mesmerizing for paddlers here in the Gulf Islands.
Everywhere you look, there’s a fascinating new canvas of layered and eroded sandstone decorated with mosses, lichens and – as the tide drops – endless permutations of kelp, barnacles and other intertidal life.
And if you let your imagination drift, you can often conjure up strange human or animal faces, like the grimacing pirate I saw on Reid Island, in the photo above. Maybe you can see him too – or maybe you’ll see something else entirely!
With so much to look at, it’s no surprise that many kayakers seem to spend a lot of time simply floating, with their paddles resting on their boats. After all, who needs to reach any further destination, with Mother Nature’s art gallery right here in front of you?
My photography show, “Inspired by the Coast”, continues until September 7 at the Silva Bay Restaurant & Pub on Gabriola Island (34 mounted prints in the main room, foyer & family room). Open every day, so if you’re on the Island please drop by to have a look.