Beaches ~ Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

Boardwalk ~ Sechelt Beach

What do you think of when someone says: “the beach”?

I think of tanning lotion and skin being bathed in sunlight… of gentle winds whispering through the casuarinas… of swaying palms and golden sands…

I guess my first thought is tropical: not at all like the beaches we visited on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia!

Just to be sure, I looked “beach” up in an online dictionary:

“beach: /bitʃ/ -noun

1.  an expanse of sand or pebbles along a shore.

2.  the part of the shore of an ocean, sea, large river, lake, etc., washed by the tides or waves.

3. the area adjacent to a seashore…”


So, we were, by definition, at the beach: expanses of pebble, rock and driftwood, bathed in fog and battered by the autumn seas.  Magical and atmospheric, but never warm!  Although the foreshores of the Strait of Georgia are protected from the worst of the elements by being in the lee of Vancouver Island, they provide the perfect pockets for cold, damp fog.

The weak afternoon sun has failed to burn off the fog at Smuggler Cove.

Sun sneaks through the fog to reflect on the waters of Smuggler Cove.

The opposite shore disappears into the mists of Smuggler Cove

This is logging country. Forests here, outside of National Parks, are all new growth timber planted and maintained by logging companies.  Tug boats travel down the Strait with massive booms of logs behind them.  Escaped logs bob around in the Strait as waterlogged, partially submerged “Deadheads” as dangerous as icebergs, or wash up on the shores as driftwood.  Anyone who ever saw the Canadian TV program “The Beachcombers” knows that driftwood of any value doesn’t last long on the beach, so the piles that remain are of little commercial worth.

The foreshores of Sargeant Bay feature rock, pebbles and driftwood.

Fog Sitting over the rocky foreshores of Sargeant Bay

Beach Pebbles : Sargeant Bay Provincial Park

Cairn of Pebbles on a Fallen Log ~ Sargeant Bay Provincial Park

Aged Rings on the Rough-Cut Driftwood ~ Sargeant Bay Provincial Park, BC

A Walk on the Beach ~ Sargeant Bay

Serious Driftwood ~ Sechelt Beach

Creature out of the Mists: Sechelt (shíshálh) First Nation Totem Carving

As I said, magical and atmospheric…  I am always a bit sorry to leave…  Especially when I know it will be a long time before I will be back.  Ah well, until next time ~ safe travels.

  • Gabe - November 4, 2010 - 10:09 am

    captured the momentsReplyCancel

  • Signe Westerberg - November 4, 2010 - 9:57 pm

    Fabulous as always and hauntingly mystic… Nice!ReplyCancel

    • Ursula - November 5, 2010 - 1:38 am

      Thanks so much! It’s lovely to have an audience. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Signe Westerberg - December 6, 2010 - 6:08 am

    read it twice….loved it twice as much!!ReplyCancel

  • Peter Murray - December 7, 2010 - 10:20 pm

    Ursula you really need to start entering your photos in competitions as they are so artistic and complex in nature. When you look closely at a photo you have to just stop and take it in and then you finally get what you are trying to tell us. You are an amazing photographer who shoots outside the box. regards PeterReplyCancel

    • Ursula - December 8, 2010 - 12:15 am

      Awwwwwe, Peter! Thanks. xox :”>ReplyCancel

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