Point Holmes in Comox, British Columbia is a beautiful destination for dramatic landscape photography, and many compositions of boulders, water, and clouds are possible at this beach. The rising tide creates new arrangements of boulders and water to photograph from countless different angles. Interesting cloud formations can appear over the Salish Sea.
Working the Boulders
On the east side of Vancouver Island, views across the Salish Sea or along the coast are possible. At Point Holmes beach, Denman and Hornby Island are visible in the distance. Uniform rocks on the beach submerged as the water rose and new patterns and combinations of water and stone appeared. Gravel bars separated from the shore, forming isolated islands. Cloud formations add variety to the possible compositions.
Large boulders are part of the foreshore at Point Holmes and they become more prominent, separated from the smaller rocks of the beach on an incoming tide. Finding more compositions became easier and the sky took on the colours of salmon, blue, and gray.
These images from Point Holmes are a small selection of landscapes I’ve photographed around Vancouver Island. Additional photographs of this rocky beach during low tide are available at Boulders at Point Holmes. To purchase or request images for use, please contact Dave Ingram.
Very nice landscape images! While I certainly don’t know the location as well as you do, I can say without hesitation that you’ve created a genuine sense of place in these images. Regardless of your content, I always enjoy viewing your work.
Given the pandemic, am I correct in assuming that you’re not working on the west coast this summer?
Thanks so much for the comment and positive feedback! I’ve officially “retired” from Parks Canada – as much as I love the west coast and truly miss being out at Pacific Rim for July and August I’m hoping that I’ve opened up a spot for a younger member of the Parks Canada team to step forward with their career. That being said, Pacific Rim will always be part of my heart and soul – I hope to visit as often as it is safe to do so!
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