The thing I like best about Vancouver Island in the summertime is being out on my boat.
I have a few spots I return to again and again because I have seen whales, dall’s porpoises, pacific white sided dolphins, sea lions, or eagles.
One of my favourite spots is Boundary Pass where the border separates the Gulf Islands in Canada from the San Juan Islands in the USA. Here I frequently see Orcas and I have been waiting for years for that perfect moment when an Orca will pop up with Mount Baker, Washington, in the background. Preferably on a calm day when there are snow capped peaks.
Last week it finally happened and years of lugging my pelican case full of camera gear on and off the boat payed off when I captured an image I have dreamed of making.
Not only did I get my shot, but I was the only one there. No whale watching boats, no other boats at all. It was sunny, I could feel the heat on my back, and I could hear nothing but the whale’s blow.
It was a special moment.