The Point Store Gallery on Saturna Island, BC, is featuring some of my photos this month, until September 25th.
As an experiment, I got some of my pictures printed on aluminum and on acrylic, with very interesting results.
East Point Sky, 30 x 20″ photo printed on acrylic
The day I took that picture, I had wandered to East Point, on Saturna Island and I was concentrating on the kelp. The previous night had been windy, and the shoreline is always interesting after a big wind…
When I looked up, there was a gift waiting for me: the sky. And these people by the former fog alarm building obligingly provided scale to this grandiose sky.
Speaking of the shoreline after a big wind: a lot of kelp ends up on the shore at low tide. Bull kelp, in particular, fascinates me.
Elegant Duo, Bull Kelp, 24 x 18″ photo printed on aluminum
Wet kelp is very sleek. Its lines are seductive. I tried printing this one on aluminum; in the areas with light pigment, the metal shows through, highlighting the shining effect of the light.
During the opening, last week, I liked watching people interact with this picture. They walked back and forth in front of it, observing the changing light effects.
More experiments to come.
This afternoon, I went to East Point for a walk. Beautiful day, lovely surprises. First, the view, from the cliffside…
Then, a close up of gorse (Ulex europeanus), an invasive species brought over a long time ago, and making its way around the islands. Spiny, nasty plant with gorgeous bloom… There has to be a good side to everything, right?
And finally, a jewel on the cliff… Indian paintbrush (Castillejia), native wildflower blooming in the sun on a cliff… It cheered me up no end.
It’s pretty quiet at the house these days. I have spent a considerable amount of time in my garden, trying to defeat the wilderness which is creeping in from all corners. I already had to mow the grass twice in the garden, a sign of regular rain, and warmer weather…
When I look out over the water, boat traffic remains pretty light. The other day, which was exceptionally sunny, I noticed a tug pulling a log boom. Actually, I heard the tug first, its engine calling it to attention. Then I thought the light was just right for a picture or two…
There you have it: a forest, floating on the ocean, being pulled in a giant lasso (the “boom”), headed for Vancouver, to be loaded onto freighters bound for Asia, most likely. BC exports its trees whole. Saves a few jobs in this province, that’s for sure.
On that day, the tug circled up and down Plumper Sound, obviously biding its time, waiting before the crossing of Georgia Strait toward Vancouver. Maybe there is an overflow of trees, log booms awaiting loading. A glut of floating forests in the Port of Vancouver…
All around this island, when you stare at the water, you see bull kelp. Starting to grow early in the season. In full bloom, later, during the summer. Almost poking out of the water in early fall. Too tall for low tide!
Here is an informal picture of bull kelp (nereocystis luetkeana) floating about in the current. This annual kelp grows to impressive size (90 feet+) in one season, then breaks down and washes up in the most interesting “curls” on the shore, in the fall.
It creates forests underwater, where countless creatures hide, live and make a living.
Time to take a look at my neglected garden, clean up, try to eliminate the blackberries that are making an incursion… Dangerous business, blackberry removal. Must get thicker gloves. In the meantime, bumblebees are having a party in the rock cress (aubrieta) that is growing over the stone wall.