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aftermath (2 images)

As some of you may know, the coasts of Washington State and British Columbia were battered by storms this past weekend. I went out yesterday afternoon to see if I could capture the aftermath. The tide was high, the wind hadn’t quite abated and the sea was still quite choppy. I managed to get some wet feet and these shots.

storm aftermath, Pender Island B.C.

storm aftermath, Pender Island B.C.

little rainbow

I was out at the beach last night hoping to catch a sunset, and I did…but then some wonderful storm clouds started gathering on the horizon. I was trying to capture one of the lightning bolts that occasionally flashed under those clouds, but it was not to be — had to make do with a little rainbow instead.

storm clouds, Pender Island B.C.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry On Top

stormy Saturday

This past weekend was a mixed bag weather-wise, especially Saturday which brought showers and a mini-windstorm. The wind kicked up a few waves along this rugged stretch of shoreline, and I had fun trying to capture the movement of the water, while waging a constant battle against the raindrops being blown onto my lens.

It was a challenge for me to find a pleasing composition in this location. The tide was low, exposing a messy jumble of rocks and boulders, so after a bit of a struggle I abandoned my preferred aesthetic of “clean and minimal” and embraced the chaos. Perhaps a little disorder better conveys the mood of a stormy west coast day, after all.

Boundary Bay waves, Pender Island, B.C.

rubber boots and lens cloths

(2 images)

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!