Pebble Beach, Harling Point


I have been trying for the past month or so to get a good photo of what is locally referred to as Pebble Beach. This is the beach on the east side of Harling Point, which lies below Maquinna Street and Trafalgar Park. It can be accessed from the intersection of Maquinna and Lorne Terrace, or down a path from the King George Terrace lookout. For some reason it is a difficult subject for me – perhaps I lack the best lense, or just don’t have what it takes. But so far, I have not really done it justice. In spite of that, and because I am without camera all weekend, I am putting out some of the few shots of pebble beach that I have not (yet) deleted.

The image below was taken as the Victoria classic boat festival was wrapping up. These boats were heading home, somewhere in Canada to the east, perhaps to nearby Oak Bay or even to Vancouver. The Washington State boats head across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and would be much further off shore by this part of their voyage. These pictures all look across the Strait at the Olympic Mountains in Washington in the general vicinity of Port Angeles with Sequim and Port Townsend to the left edge of some images. I used a polarising filter for this picture. It is one I bought in the early 1980’s for one of my Takumar lenses (and likely it was a cheap one given the state of my finances in those days). It fits my Canon 50mm and so I have been using it sometimes, but I think it might have a blue tint to it – I need to try a newer one alongside to test that theory.

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The next image is, as you can all too easily see, stitched together from a couple of pictures. It is taken from within a part of Trafalgar Park which burned this summer, thankfully getting rid of a lot of introduced gorse and broom and opening it up a bit to walk around in.

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The next image is (very poorly) stitched together from a number of pictures, including the top one in this blog. I think it points to one answer of getting a good shot – a really wide angle lense. Part of the interest of this beach is its general setting, with strong tides and lots of wildlife.

Other answers will be found in closer views of the beach. This summer there has been a large log anchored in the curve of the bay by its root wad. This ruins one of the best views of that curve from down low, but I expect I will get some good shots in the winter, perhaps especially with waves pounding the beach, or seals hauled out on the rocks, or some other interesting detail.

If you decide to visit this beach, then you might want to check out the Songhees history cairns that are on either side of this location – one at the King George Terrace lookout, the other at the south end of Macquinna Street next to the Chinese cemetery.

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6 thoughts on “Pebble Beach, Harling Point

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  5. I actually like that last one, even though it was stitched together. What you should reeeeally take some pictures of are some awesome sedimentary beds up on the slope next to the stairs I noticed a few weeks ago… mm rocks

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    • Hi Branta, thanks for commenting. I like that last one too, but wish it were more expertly stitched, or that I had a fisheye lense to get the same view with.
      I will have to go looking for those rocks your refer to, I have not noticed them. I am usually concentrating on not slipping as I make my way up that part of the trail with loose rock on it, and don’t look at much more than my feet.

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