Sunrise: A Transition

Friday morning it was still very dark when I headed out with my camera gear. My destination was the Oak Bay waterfront. I was hoping to capture the transition from the damp, coolness of first light to the warmth of rising sun. I had three locations in mind.

The headland at the eastern end of McNeill Bay was my first stop. In the dim light I packed my gear to a location overlooking a large kelp bed. I felt that the calm waters around the kelp would be an ideal presentation of the coolness of first light.

From there I moved to the parking lot at the Oak Bay Marina. There, I had a good view of the of Chatham and Discovery Islands as well as small rocky outcrops and navigation markers. I hoped that it would be a good location to catch the emerging colours of first light. The beauty of the scene was incredible.

After making a dozen or so images and knowing there was little time to spare I was off to Cattle Point.

I arrived in the nick of time. The sun was about to emerge from behind a fog bank. The reflections in the mirror-like water between the rocky outcrops were incredible. I shot from several locations. As the impact of the scene diminished I began to pack up.

And then I spotted a Great Blue Heron. It was moving about the calm waters adjacent to the boat ramp hunting for its next meal. It didn’t seem to mind my closeness.

And then the fog rolled in.


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4 Comments

  1. Jane Rampone October 21, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

    Love the photos, Stu! I’m partial to those big Blue Herons, as we used to have one visit our natural pond on our farm. Keep the creative juices flowing! Jane🐤

    • Stu Dale October 21, 2018 at 10:38 pm #

      Thanks Jane! Love the Herons also. And yes, I don’t see the creative juices stopping anytime soon.

  2. Alan Flynn November 2, 2018 at 9:17 am #

    Terrific series Stu. They would look wonderful in frames .

    • Stu Dale November 2, 2018 at 9:22 am #

      Thanks Alan! I might just do that.

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