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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Selkirk Trestle Sunrise

Residents of Victoria West, like myself, are lucky in that we have access to waterfront both to the north (The Gorge) and to the south (the Inner Harbour). Where I live is about equidistant from the two bodies of water. Usually I have been walking down to the Inner Harbor and along the Westsong Walkway since this offers more expansive views across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the mountains of Olympic Peninsula. There is often a cruise ship or the Coho car ferry visible as well, while the Gorge is a little more domestic with lots of kayaks and canoes and our local rather diminutive mountains. However, the other morning before sunrise I went down to the Gorge and was pleasantly surprised to find that dawn is like the philosopher's stone that turns everything to gold. There's lots of beauty and interest in the Gorge's smaller scale. The above photo of Selkirk Trestle is nearly a reprise of one I took almost two years ago. This is where the Galloping Goose Regional Trail crosses the Gorge over what used to be a railroad trestle. The Galloping Goose Regional Trail is for pedestrians and cyclists only and is used extensively by a growing number of commuters who prefer to walk, run or ride on two wheels.

9 comments:

Steffe said...

Wow. This really is a quality shot and not a bad sunset! I like everything about it.

Dean Lewis said...

Beautiful capture of calm waters.

Craig said...

Lovely shot, looks very peaceful and romantic. Nice framing.

Sheila said...

Beautiful thought..."dawn is like the philosopher's stone that turns everything to gold". You are a poet as well as a photographer!

Mike Laplante said...

My wife and I live next to Swan Lake with easy access to the Galloping Goose. The ride into town -- including going over this trestle -- is such a joy. I pity the commuting drivers who joylessly jump in their cars to idle at red light after red light for hours on end when they could be enjoying scenery like this.

Although I did notice your photo and write-up makes no mention of the growing collection of junker boats anchored off West Bay, 90 degrees to your left there... :)

JoJo said...

Beautiful! I think the Harbour Ferry tour goes under this trestle.

David Stevens Real Estate said...

Great photo of the sunrise on the trestle bridge. My parents cycle from Cordova Bay and cross that bridge a few times a week - it's a beautiful area any time of day.

Dana said...

Such a gorgeous shot! I love riding my bike on the Goose, and taking the Harbour Ferry tour underneath the trestle was a real treat, too!

Randy said...

That is so beautiful. I would love to walk across that bridge everyday.