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farm road

While driving to the beach Saturday morning, I saw the rising sun skimming across this field and had to pull over to get a shot.

farm road, Pender Island

December beach

We’ve had a lot of rain, wind, and extreme high tides lately, making beach photography challenging to say the least. So when a pale┬ásun shone its light on a gently ebbing sea one afternoon last week, I jumped at the chance to head down to the water.

Pender Island British Columbia beach winter

Pender Island winter shoreline

No, it wasn’t a colourful sunset, but it was so pleasant to spend time taking pictures without having to worry about water on my lens, wind shaking my tripod, or wet feet. It felt as though Autumn had finally given up the battle with Winter, and peace at last ruled the land.

rubber boots and lens cloths

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Prior to yesterday’s big wind storm, I had two previous unsuccessful attempts at storm-chasing: the first time, the sky opened up in a deluge just as I arrived the beach; the second, all the clouds blew away leaving a glaring sun and boring blue sky. Third time’s a charm, and the conditions were perfect. Except I should have worn rubber boots, as it was distracting to keep having to leap out of the way of incoming surf and my feet ended up getting wet anyway. Also, the single cloth I’d brought to wipe the spray and rain off my gear was pretty well soaked and useless after five minutes. I needed lots more.

I ended up with many ruined shots due to tripod vibration (my little tripod was no match for 80km/hour winds!) and water spots that were impossible to get rid of. However, not all was lost. Here are a couple of my keepers.

Pender Island wind storm

Pender Island wind stormPender Island, British Columbia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Oops!