|Reflections in Westwood Lake|
Today, my friend Sally and I hiked the trail around Westwood Lake in Nanaimo, the place that was the rendevous for the Turtle Gardens dog I transported the other day. The trail is about 6km (with a few side trails we explored enroute) and winds mostly along the edge of the lake with one fairly short but steep climb up to some bluffs - a climb well worth the view:
|View from the bluffs|
The morning was wet, but shortly after we started to walk, the rain pretty much stopped, and the lighting was near perfect for photography. I only had the point-and-swear camera with me so I could slip it in the pocket of my Gortex jacket to keep it dry if necessary, but that was all I needed. A mirrorlike surface to the water, a clarity that gave views well below the surface, lighting that created near-perfect reflections, and pockets of water of indescribable colour made for some photos that were almost surreal in quality. As I couldn't wait to share them, I posted my favourites on facebook right away - and figured I'd post them here as well so I'm not even further behind on my blog posts than I already am.
The remarkable thing about this set of photos is that the only photo editing I needed to do was a bit of cropping and then adding my watermark. The colours, lighting, shadows, etc. are exactly as the camera captured them. Enjoy!
|Rotten tree trunk protrudes from clear green water.|
|I've seen this stump referred to on hiking sites as "The Dragon of Westwood Lake."|
In this photo, it apparently is The Two-Headed Dragon of Westwood Lake!
|There were many dead trees and stumps, whose reflections tempted this photographer.|
|A cropped version of the previous photo. I love the paradox of simplicity with detail.|
|The water was so still, you could almost see every needle of every branch in the reflections.|
|More reflections along the lake. |