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Fotoeins Friday: Iona Jetty in the Salish sea

The Salish Sea, 4 of 5.

The Salish Sea is a body of water encompassing Georgia Strait, Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet, Puget Sound, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The sea is named after the Coast Salish people who are the first inhabitants of the region. The renaming without displacing the old geographic names occurred in 2010.

The Iona Jetty is a 4 kilometre (2.5 mile) finger of land which begins at the Iona Beach Regional Park and stretches out into Georgia Strait. After your walk or bike out to the very tip of the jetty, you’ll feel like you’re standing in the middle of the sea. In this image, Mount Wrottesley looms over Point Grey, wood-chip barges, the North Arm Jetty, and the waters of the Salish Sea. Further information about Iona Beach Regional Park is provided by Vancouver Trails and Metro Vancouver.

I made the photo on 30 April 2016 with a Canon 6D (mark 1) with 70-300 glass and the following settings: 1/640-sec, f/16, ISO1000, and 280mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-ddC.


Fotoeins Friday: Harbour Air flight over the Salish Sea

The Salish Sea, 3 of 5.

The Salish Sea is a body of water encompassing Georgia Strait, Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet, Puget Sound, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The sea is named after the Coast Salish people who are the first inhabitants of the region. The renaming without displacing the old geographic names occurred in 2010.

For the opening weekend of the Comox Valley BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival (2015), we flew Harbour Air between Vancouver on the British Columbia mainland and Comox on Vancouver Island. In the present image from the return flight to Vancouver, the plane flies over the waters of Georgia Strait, passing the southern tip of Texada Island (port side) with the mainland’s Sunshine Coast in the background.

I made the photo on 15 June 2015 with a Canon 6D (mark 1), 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/250-sec, f/16, ISO400, and 47mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-ddI.


My Kicks on State-68: Classical Gas Museum in Embudo, NM

I’ve always been mesmerized by highway signs and fascinated by the history of big highways. There’s also big nostalgia, because Dad loved highway driving and road trips. He was the sole driver on the Trans-Canada highway between Vancouver and Calgary or on US Interstate-5 to Bellingham and Seattle. How obvious is it then, that a deep yearning for open roads comes directly from my father.

The following is a part of day 8 (of 17) in our drive through the American Southwest.

We set out on a day trip from Santa Fe to Taos and Taos Pueblo, with a scenic drive on New Mexico highway NM-68, the “low road” or “river road” along the Rio Grande river between Española and Taos. With low light in the morning hour, we didn’t see it when we drove north to Taos. But on our mid-afternoon return on the low road, we found the Classical Gas Museum in the small town of Embudo. We pulled into an open sandy rocky patch, marvelling at the collection in front of rusting gas pumps and a wooden building resembling a historic gas station.

The Classical Car Museum is owned and run by Johnnie Meier who is a retired scientist and former employee at the nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory. His interest and collection grew to the point where he needed more space. Reading about the museum is one thing, but it’s no match for seeing in person his extensive collection of memorabilia, including whole and partial gas pumps, highway signage, oil cans, gas company signage, license plates, a model gas station, a working vintage Coca-Cola cooler, a classic car or two, an entire “pre-fab” diner building, and a mascot for a once thriving restaurant-chain. From within the building, it’s the glow which provides further fuel for interest, and once inside, the neon and warm illumination of symbols and signs combine for the inevitable “wow!” Altogether, it’s a broad mix of elements from mid 20th-century American history which is all about highway-driving and open-road nostalgia. There’s a saying about how someone’s junk is somebody else’s treasure, but the entire collection deserves careful cataloguing and a larger permanent building. A new museum would be fitting somewhere along the old US-66 highway. Santa Rosa, NM is a leading candidate, but other cities in the state are also possible.

For now, the museum is located next to highway NM-68 in Embudo; the coordinates are 36.209102 degrees North, 105.951658 degrees West. The museum sits on 0.81 hectare (2 acres) of Meier’s land, and the museum building is 93 square metres (1000 square feet) in size. There is no admission charge, though donations are most welcome, especially for the local animal shelter. You might want to call ahead (505-852-2995) to see if Meier is around in case the building is closed.

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Fotoeins Friday: from Island to Mainland over the Salish Sea

The Salish Sea, 2 of 5.

The Salish Sea is a body of water encompassing Georgia Strait, Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet, Puget Sound, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The sea is named after the Coast Salish people who are the first inhabitants of the region. The renaming without displacing the old geographic names occurred in 2010.

From the perch up on Grouse Mountain, afternoon winter sun illuminates the waters of Georgia Strait as a BC Ferries’ ship from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island is on approach to the mainland terminal at Horseshoe Bay.

I made the photo on 7 Feb 2012 with a Canon 450D, 70-300 glass, and the following settings: 1/320-sec, f/5.6, ISO100, 250mm focal length (400mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-ddu.


Fotoeins Friday: Sunny sail across the Salish Sea

The Salish Sea, 1 of 5.

The Salish Sea is a body of water encompassing Georgia Strait, Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet, Puget Sound, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The sea is named after the Coast Salish people who are the first inhabitants of the region. The renaming without displacing the old geographic names occurred in 2010.

The picture above is of Active Pass where two BC Ferries’ ships navigate not only the narrow channel in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, but also must pass each other as they traverse the route on the Salish Sea between Tsawwassen on the mainland and Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island.

I made the photo on 25 July 2007 with a Canon A510 Powershot. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7YU.


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