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Sunday, July 18, 2010

The West Coast II - Botany Bay

Yesterday's photos were taken on the trail that leads to Botanical Beach, our intended destination. However, we ended up on this beach, which I believe is Botany Bay, the northern end of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail (47 km). To the left we are looking southeast towards Victoria, about 75 km distant. To the right we are looking further up the west coast of Vancouver Island to where the famous West Coast Trail begins.
These beaches are beautiful, there are some sandy areas and there are large waves, but the main attraction here is the tidal pools, many small pools among the rocks that are filled with crystal clear water and a wide variety of shore life such as sea urchins, snails, crabs, anemones, sculpins and millions of mussels. Below are some of the tide pools.

6 comments:

JoJo said...

Absolutely beautiful!!

Lucka said...

Incredible beauty. Gorgeous shots.

Dean Lewis said...

Great shots of a very special place, the very fringe of our continent, where vast ocean meets land.
The intertidal area and pools hold real treasures of life.

Mike Laplante said...

As someone who spent 20 plus years in the Navy, I traveled the South Pacific, Central and South America, Hawaii... These photos remind me of why I choose to live here over anyplace else though. I quit my career and a big paycheque to stay here rather than leave.
Sweet photos...

Jabba said...

Yay! You made it out! Did you get any good shots of the tide pools themselves? It was difficult with the way the sunlight reflects off the water....These photos are gorgeous! Now that we know there are additional tide pools at another beach, we might have to go out again.

ruma2008 said...

The scene is really beautiful.

Your photography is splendid!!

Thank you for showing a wonderful moment...

From the Far East.
Greetings.
ruma