Ahhhh, summertime in BC. It’s truly spectacular. The long summer nights, the mountains, the lakes, the ocean, the waterfalls, the beaches, the trees, the wildlife, and did I mention the boating?
Even though Ray and I live a nomadic lifestyle now and have the freedom to go anywhere we want, we return to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, every summer because there is no place we’d rather be.
So I thought I would do a little series here on the blog to share some of the things I love about Vancouver Island in summertime.
First thing: Orcas!
My favourite summertime activity is boating. I love to pack up all my photography gear and head out on my little boat, Snoopy, for a day of exploring. I check out all the islands, their bays and coves, all while keeping my eyes out for wildlife.
Orcas are amazing animals to watch. No matter how often I see them, I feel a sense of wonder every time a pod of orcas go by. And to see them hunt or play is always awe inspiring.
But out of all the species of animals I have photographed, orcas are the most difficult! I have so many photos of splashes, or just a dorsal fin. And when they do jump out of the water, they are so fast it’s really hard to capture them – especially when you’re driving the boat at the same time.
Still, I like a challenge! Every once in awhile I’ll get a good shot and even though it may not be as good as my all time favourite orca shot, I love doing it. And you just never know when you’ll get an opportunity to witness something truly amazing.
I hope you enjoyed this look at the orcas around Vancouver Island and stay tuned for my next instalment.