Down to Gonzales Beach

Gonzales path 1

A week or two ago I did a series on the erratic that sits in the middle of Gonzales Beach in Victoria, and of other scenes in the bay during blue hour. Today are some views as one comes down the path to the beach, and the first shot I took of the erratic once I got down there. On my walks I typically come down onto the beach in it’s middle (like this time) or at the west end and walk along to the east staircase that goes up. One of these shots is of that staircase, with terraces of picnic tables on the slope.

This graffiti is rather interesting – a few of the stones dressed up as animals with the rest left as stone. It is kind of nice like this, but it if spreads to too many stones it will just be messy and annoying.



Gonzales Erratic first


This is one of the few remaining  beach houses from  the 20’s or 30’s – most have been torn down in the past 10 years or so, and replaced with the likes of the houses in this post.

Beach House


To view gallery click on any thumbnail below, navigate with the arrows and escape to return to this page.

Canon 5D MkII, Nikkor-N 24mm/f2.8 lens, f 2.8, ISO400, each comprised of 3 brackets,  +/-2 EV;

except staircase ISO1250, 2 brackets (one was too fuzzy from hand holding at less than one second….).



19 thoughts on “Down to Gonzales Beach

  1. Pingback: Gonzales Solstice « burnt embers

    • Hi Toad – thanks for flapping those flippers over this one :). I am trying to be subtle, though sometimes it does not work and at other times it does not seem what is needed. I like how some of these ones turned out for sure, and others I am convinced did not need brackets at all, but doing them is part of learning.


    • Thanks Melinda. Sometimes the centre seems exactly right for a feature like that.
      Your taste in houses aligns with my own (and I could have predicted you would like that shot, for some reason…). Sadly you/we are contrary to much of the architectural profession, or at least that segment of it which gets these kinds of commissions. One of the those other houses even featured on the cover of Architectural Digest a few years ago.


    • It is indeed nice to have such places within walking distance Karen. After living in some pretty awful cities over the years we feel very lucky with where we have ended up.


  2. Top photo makes me want to shout “walkies!”, grab the dog and head out for an adventure. Funny how including a road in a pic gives it a sense of infinite possibility. I think that is why I love your series of the Ross Bay storm drain . The way it leads often out to an unseen end. It could go on forever in some of the pics.


    • Hi Katherine! That storm drain is a path sometimes seemingly without end. Knowing how cold the water is I am never tempted to follow that path, and besides it could lead to some kind of dreadful underwater creature. You are allowed to walk dogs on Gonzales Beach in the winter, but not the summer when so many people are sunbathing (it is one of only two sandy beaches in the urban areas around here). Sadly, at either end of the winter is the migratory bird season and those that set down here are often disturbed by enthusiastic canines.


  3. The graffiti image of the Fish is superb. The artist chose just the right shaped stone for that. and the shot of the erratic is a first class piece of B&W work. The contrasty processing really suits it well.


    • Some of the graffiti IS nice Ken. I should have included a shot I took of a big octopus on one of the retaining walls along the beach – it was painted over with a flat grey last summer, but was a nice splash of blue for a few months last year.


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