THE TOFINO TWO STEP

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20170101-2z6a7390Frank island is a small island connected to Chesterman beach…….during low tide.At high tide the route is cut off by the ocean.The sandbar connecting the beach & Frank is called a Trombolo. I knew that the tide was going out but the Trombolo was still covered in water.I also knew that there is always a brief period when the water is shallow between the waves surging in.I timed it right & ran when I saw my opportunity.I got across with dry feet in the nick of time just before the waves surged back in.

I was on Frank island all by myself.Other people saw me there & tried to get across.This couple didn’t have good timing with the waves! He had to carry her across on his back……… & who said chivalry was dead!

GROUP PADDLE

20130707-IMG_841920130707-IMG_842320130707-HARBOUR PANO,JULY 7TH,2013A friend phoned me just as I was getting out in my boat. He told me that there were Orca’s north of Meares island! The same pod I photographer a few weeks ago,T069’s.
If I had gotten the call a few minutes later I would not of heard the call. I travel with my headphones on listening to my music. It cuts out the loudness of the motor as well.
A group I know was getting out onto the water right where I put my boat in. They were in a dug canoe & stand up paddling boards. Took a few shots of them & I was off!
It was easy to find the Orca’s! I just looked for a bunch of boats not moving. Found them up by Cyper river. I prefer them to be in closer quarters. When Orca’s are out in the open you can never tell where they are going to be coming up? But if they are in narrow channels,you can make a good guess where they are going to be coming up! Sort of like cattle being put down a chute to load.
They reversed their course & went between acouple whale watching boats much to the delight of the tourists! I got some good shots of the large female surfacing right in front of them! You can see the shocked faces!
They went down & didn’t surface for awhile & when they did it was in the shadow of a mountain. (Catsface) The only shots you could take than are from the west looking east & that just seemed too difficult to try,so I said goodbye & headed over into Fortune Channel. I normally come into Fortune from the south end but because of the Orca’s location tonight I was going to be coming in from the north.
I had some motor trouble right in Matlaset Narrows but managed to get to shore to have a look. I determined it was my plugs & simply changed them. I continued onto my way into Fortune.
Found a Sow with two cubs,but I must of not been paying attention & spooked her. I must admit that time was not on my side tonight! The sun was low in the west & I had many miles to travel. So I must of come in to her to loud. I normally drift into the bear from the upwind side,but I didn’t have time to wait tonight.
Apologized to them & continued on my way south looking for more of my furry friends. Found one walking slowly along the shore & the light was fantastic! It walked right by a large downed tree. Best background prop yet!
Said goodnight to him/her(?) & went back into town.
Because of the time,I knew I’d be missing the sunset in town,so I did some silhouette shots with the afterglow.
Tsapee narrows was good but by the time I got to Deadman Island,even the afterglow was almost gone. So poor Romeo is not presented in his best light!
All in all,had a great venture tonight! Seeing the T069’s again was great! Hope to see them again,but maybe down the inlet in closer confines.

Another Shooter

I met this woman out at Frank Island.
She has a love for photography as well!
I checked out her site and she is very good! http://www.marnierecker.com
We hung out for awhile at the south end of Frank Island. We both were taking in all the energy from the storm and the waves crashing!
It’s always great to meet someone with passion!

Nigel,Surfers and the Wick

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The light today was terrible, it wasn’t raining but that should be here tomorrow by the sounds of it!
I was out at Chesterman’s Beach today . A fellow I know (Nigel) was out on the beach doing his daily exercise. He does it in bare feet! My feet get cold in my boots with thick wool socks!

I went back into town and looked around the harbour to see what was going on?

Piggy Back

The clouds moved in today and the light went bye bye!
I went out to Chesterman’s beach and over to Frank Island. Because I had my boots on,I was able to cross to the island. This couple must of seen me going over and thought they could do it as well.
They didn’t have boots and were stopped by the shallow water. He decided to be a chivalrous gentleman and give his partner a Piggy Back ride,to spare her from getting her feet wet!

Beach Runner

Many people were taking advantage of the “Rain Stoppage” and getting out to do their thing!
Like me.
You can see that the surf was up and as a result,the surfers were down. Very few were out surfing. Too sloppy I suppose? I’m not a surfer,so do not understand these things.

Beach Run

Many people run on the beach. They drive their cars to the beach and than go for a run. They would get more exercise if they rode a bike there and then go for a run,but thats just me. I’m biasis because I get around by using my bike.
Tofino is such a small town that a bike is perfect to get around on. We have a great bike path too, but almost everyone uses their cars.
Go figure…..

Action!

I found not one,not two,but three video cameras concentrating on these two surfers. They must be good to get their own video crew! I zoomed in on the guys and did not recognize them,but that doesn’t mean much.I know very few surfing faces anyways!
I went out to the beach today and dragged the camera along just for something to do. The light was terrible! I normally do not bother when the light is like this. But even I get bored!

Celebration of Light

Unfortunately the celebration was short lived! A rain cloud came by and chased these youth away!
They couldn’t get out to Frank Island because of the tide. You can see how the water covered the beach access to the island.I believe it’s called a “Trumbolo”? Don’t quote me.I’m not sure?
You can see some God Rays(Crepuscular) happening with the cloud structure in behind.