How Blue The Ocean

Posted: 29th June 2018 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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The Pacific Ocean creates a totally unique canvas every time we visit here on Vancouver Island.  The time of year, the weather, the various forms of life that are evident, they all come together in harmony to render a painting unlike the one you saw before.  As winter gives way to spring and finally summer, the temperate climate of the island serves as a perfect backdrop to see and appreciate something new with a fresh set of eyes.  Late this spring while we were volunteering and shooting an annual event we love to take in, we encountered a handful of scenes in Victoria, British Columbia that truly stood out for their epic beauty.  Let’s join those lucky enough to be plain sailing in a sailboat under the beautiful blue skies of Canada.

A Sailboat and Boats and Ocean and Mountain View - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Boats and Ocean and Mountain View – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

As the fresh sea air graced us we looked out over the waters to see a large gathering of sailboats navigating their way through the predesignated path for the Swiftsure International Yacht Race.  Every year at the same time those lucky enough to own a sailboat converge in Victoria to begin this grueling race.  In doing so they all create a wonderful tapestry for those who stand on the shores looking outward to take in.  Minute by minute, the scene changes as boats come and go across your vantage point.

A Sailboat and Boats and Ocean and Mountain View - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Boats and Ocean and Mountain View – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Winning would be quite the accomplishment as boats from all over come here to compete.  This matters not to the observer who is here to simply enjoy the fresh ocean breezes and see these gracious boats as they ebb and flow across the horizon.

A Sailboat and Boats and Ocean and Mountain View - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Boats and Ocean and Mountain View – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The ocean is not the exclusive domain of the racers, other seafaring souls are seen out and about.  Some of the fishing boats are busy as all the sailboats circle around them on their route to the finish line.  Seagulls linger nearby, always diligent to pick up morsels of anything edible that make their way off the fishing boats back into the waters.  The mere act of observing life and activity here on the shores of the city are enough for most of us, particularly those of us who try to capture moments forever in time with our cameras.  Such is life on the island.

Thank you once again for visiting us here at The Hollow today, we really appreciate it.  As always we encourage everyone who pops by to leave us any comments you may have below.  Cheers for now!




  1. avatar Frank King says:

    Fabulous captures! 🙂

  2. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    How very beautiful these are!
    So wonderfully serene, and truly the picture of summer.
    Wishing both of you a fantastic weekend!