At the end of July we did a two-day trip around the south end of the island, visiting places as various as the Sooke Potholes Regional Park, Fairy Lake, Cowichan Bay, Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and the Coombs Country Market. Our favourite place on this visit was Lower Avatar Grove, near Port Renfrew. We arrived just before dusk and didn’t have a lot of time or good light for photographs, but we did have the area to ourselves so we could drink in the quiet. Well, not quite to ourselves… there were the ancients and a passing red squirrel sharing the space with us. Few of the images from that trip have yet been processed, but this one will give you an idea of the place.
It’s definitely a location to which we’ll return, although it does beg the question:
Why is it
leave us whispering?
Okay, that’s it for now. Go out and make some photographs!
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