Beachy love

January 24, 2016

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For the most part it’s been a lovely weekend here on the Wet West Coast. A little treat of sunshine between the rains called us out to one of our favourite beaches, Whytecliff.

Some days this beach is pretty empty. Not today though. Loads of people were out walking along the beach, climbing up the Whytecliff, sitting on benches, hiking over some of the other cliffs, and scuba diving. This area is a marine protected area and a speedboat free Provincial park, so absolutely ideal for diving. I have dived here and so can tell you that the bay if full of wonderful marine life, and the rocks are favourites with mama seals and newborn pups.

The air felt really fresh and almost spring-like. Everything was drenched through and through from a solid week of rain and couldn’t hold any more water, so everything dripped and steamed in the sunshine. The forest was draining in little rivulets thru the sand and into the ocean, exposing all sorts of lovely pebbles, and the rocks had fresh, green algae, which made walking a bit slippery.

There’s always the biggest temptation to walk over the rocks and climb up the Whytecliff. It’s beautiful up there and the view out to Vancouver Island and to downtown Vancouver is really worth it. But lots of people get it wrong and find themselves stranded as the tide comes in. We were looking at the people making their way over in the last few minutes before many of the “stepping stones” rocks were under water and we were wondering how the heck they were going to get back. Later, from our much drier vantage point, we saw people wading back in water knee deep carrying children on their shoulders. Oh dear. That’s one way to make a lasting memory! 😀

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10 Comments

  • Reply Pondside January 24, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I had that sort of walk today too. If you’d climbed that hill, and let me know beforehand, I’d have waved from the Island!

  • Reply Jo January 25, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Astounding how much you can see when you take time to look around. All the photos are a great summary of a wonderful day.
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  • Reply rie Smith January 25, 2016 at 3:36 am

    We did such a walk from our east coast location today. It was a. Beautiful winter day.

    I love the photos, especially the one of the mossy rock. Nature is so determined, isn’t she?

  • Reply daryledelstein January 25, 2016 at 5:09 am

    quite the contrast to what i see out my office window today
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  • Reply sarah January 25, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Such a lovely beach, it looks so peaceful.
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  • Reply Ariane Reichardt January 25, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Well, I think some people are far away from nature. Or they simply did not know something about the tide.
    Dear Veronica, beautiful photos that make me wanna go to the seaside! And I admire your blank driftwood at your coast. It seems, that your waves are very strong!

    I am looking forward to your theme for this week’s drawing challenge 🙂
    Love
    Ariane
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  • Reply Kathleen January 25, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Amazing photos===all of them! But what is most amazing to me is that these pictures were taken at the end of January!!!
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  • Reply rose January 26, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Thanks for sharing these lovely images of your walk with us. And for sharing your tidal humor in memory-making!

  • Reply Dana Fulton January 26, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Beautiful!

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm February 7, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Beautiful images V … what a lovely beachy walk. Perfect!

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