Network of light reflected onto wall of sandstone cave over the water

Light Show on Sandstone (click to enlarge)

When conditions are just right, you can see a beautiful natural light show along parts of Valdes Island‘s eroded western shoreline.

At those magical times, sunlight hits the wavelets and is reflected back up on varying angles, bouncing into the salt-eroded sandstone caverns that lie just overhead. The result is a constantly changing filigree of light, dancing along the walls and roof of each of the caves.

To see the light show you’ll need to be in a boat on a sunny day, with calm conditions and a slight breeze – enough to ripple the water but not to cause waves. A mid-range to moderately high tide usually works, but time of year, the sun’s position and myriad other complicating factors make any attempt at reliable prediction a mug’s game.

So in the end it probably comes mostly down to luck. If you happen to catch the light show, I’m sure that you’ll find this pure light to be pure delight. No 3D glasses or psychedelics required – just a lucky break from Mother Nature.

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer focused on nature and nautical on the BC coast

6 responses »

  1. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful bit of the world.

  2. kimmanleyort says:

    Oh, I would love to experience that.

  3. Fred Bailey says:

    Good one Laurie! Any image of summer is welcome at the moment. The light in those caverns is always incredible, catching it a worthy challenge. Then there are the ice age souvenirs, those oddly placed granite boulders!

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