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Friday, December 3, 2010

Thetis Lake Regional Park

Thetis Lake Regional Park is about a twenty minute drive west of Victoria on the very edge of the greater Victoria urban area near Langford. I posted a few photos of the beach area about 18 months ago but I didn't spend any time in the surrounding forest park during that visit. I regret that omission now since yesterday I had the pleasure of exploring this wonderland a little. There is a wealth of trails around the lakes (there are two - Upper Thetis and Lower Thetis) and several ecological zones, ranging from lush, rainforesty swamp to drier, sparser Garry Oak meadows. But at this time of year the overall element is water. Even though it wasn't raining during my visit, there was water dripping off most of the leaves and mosses and squelchy pathways underfoot. It's a fabulously rich environment. I was reminded again that one doesn't need to go to the bottom of the oceans or exotic tropic lands to stumble upon extraordinary and unique sights. I'll be happy to share some of what I encountered there over the next few days.

7 comments:

JoJo said...

I am in love with this feathery water effect you capture. It makes the forest look even more mystical.

Dean Lewis said...

Wow, wow and wow !
This shot has it all going for it.
Magical!
I'm going there next week.

msdewberry said...

As Teens we used to bike to Thetis each day during the summer to swim and laze around on the beaches. We lived a mile from Jubilee Hospital, so this was quite an undertaking! My ex husband proposed in Thetis park as well. Lots of memories there!

SRQ said...

Wonderful captures. Did you do any post production or just use a slow exposure?

Benjamin Madison said...

Thanks JoJo and Dean.

msdewberry - Thanks for sharing the memories - I'm sure you're not alone with fond memories of this place.

SRQ: An 8 second exposure without the slightest breeze contributed most to this shot. Very little post-processing (touch-up levels, saturation and sharpness.)

Anna said...

Exquisite!

Rodoƫl John Rooi said...

All I can say is wow! Great shot! Makes me jealous I haven't visited a place like this.