I have been having to venture off the island more than usual this past months: mostly trips to the hospital in Victoria for various tests & check-ups…not always for me!
Every time I leave the scene from the ferry changes depending on the time of day, the height of the tide, the winds, the clouds and so much more. It makes the trip go much more quickly if I wander the decks with my camera at the ready…
On my home from Ganges the other evening, I decided to take the backroads and visit Booth Canal to see what was happening at high tide during the sunset. A couple of Great Blue Herons were feeding in the shallows of the canal, their silhouettes and reflections reminiscent of Zen-like paintings with a golden light as a background. As I was photographing the herons, a large flock of Canadian Geese began to arrive to settle in for the night…another incredible feast for the senses on Salt Spring!
I have been visiting the summit of Mt. Maxwell (Bayne’s Peak) for the past 20 years to enjoy the ever-changing skies, flora & fauna in one of Salt Spring’s most visited parks. In those 20 years, I have seen Peregrine Falcons a handful of times: a couple when I was rock climbing on the sheer faces, once in a dense fog for a fleeting moment and twice from the summit as they zipped by me at some incredible speed (they can reach up to 300 kph in a dive!).
Last night I was fortunate enough to see an adult and a juvenile flying together for 20-30 minutes, in and out of the trees as well as high over the Burgoyne Valley. I heard their screeches before seeing them which was fortunate since I may have missed them otherwise! I’ve posted some larger versions of these photos in my Recent album along with some other images from the top of the mountain.
It is definitely an experience that I will never forget and that I feel very privileged to have witnessed!