Island View Beach
For the past few days I have shown insects amid thistles on Island View beach, down towards the south end of the beach. Island View Beach is in the municipality of Central Saanich a few miles north of Victoria on the Saanich Peninsula. It is one of the few sand and gravel beaches in the Victoria area, and in recognition of it’s special nature the north end is a park. The south end is quite another matter.
It has been quite a few years since I last walked south from the parking area past the recreational vehicle park. I was appalled to see the mess they have made of the beach down that way in their efforts to shore up the eroding bank. These efforts include driving creosote impregnated pilings every few feet, dumping chunks of concrete and asphalt waste from road renovations, and lining the works with old tree stumps. It’s like a garbage dump. I can’t believe that it was allowed in the first place, and that the owner has not been made to clean it up. The whole thing is spreading across the beach, and in British Columbia everything below higher high water is public land. So this mess, unacceptable even on private land is now all over the public space too. The worst part is that it is not even functional, and never was going to be.
I guess the cheapo attitude evident in the whole campground setup goes with a reluctance to spend on engineering advice and proper materials so that it is done properly, and some extra money to disguise the hard edges with native planting. The only consolation for me is that soon enough it will have eroded away since the land level is falling around here (soon to be exacerbated by a rise in global sea levels) and thus breakwaters and sea walls are short-term measures. I hope the concrete garbage is pulverized into sand by the winter storms fairly soon, though I doubt that will be in my lifetime. I see that the pilings are being eroded off at the knees, so they will be gone pretty soon, one by one, leaving small oil slicks in their wakes.
Anyway, that is my rant. The last few days have shown the very small patches of beauty struggling within this mess. Today’s photos show some of the junk, as aesthetically as I could bring myself to do. These also continue my experiments with learning how to tone-map single images, and produce HDR photos from multiple brackets. Some of my shots are shown in both colour and black and white, or in two different kinds of b&w HDR treatment when I can’t decide which I like best, or where the two versions convey different information. Mostly I favour the HDR images produced in Photomatix over the edits to 32bit HDR images that have been merged to Lightroom. The latter are just too kind and gentle for the mood I ended up with after walking along this part of the beach.
In the gallery captions:
- “Tone-mapped” means single images processed in Photomatix, with some editing before and/or afterwards in Lightroom,
- “merged-HDR” are made from several brackets (mostly 3) via a Photomatix plugin to produce a 32bit image that is edited in Lightroom
- “HDR” are multiple brackets merged and processed within Photomatix and the resulting jpegs edited in Lightroom.
To open the gallery view below click on any thumbnail, use the arrows to navigate and escape to return to this page.
Canon 5Dii, Canon 100mm/f2.8 macro and 50mm/f1.4 lenses, ISO100 and ISO400.