Alphabet Photography Project Desolation Sound

Alphabet Photography Project | P is for Panorama

Wednesday, January 06, 2016S.V. CAMBRIA

Cambria alone at anchor in one of British Columbia's most popular marine parks - Prideaux Haven.
From the Oxford Dictionary:
Panorama /panə'ramə/
1 An unbroken view of the whole region surrounding an observer: 1.1 A picture
or photograph containing a wide view.

Welcome to another installment of the ‘Alphabet Photography Project’ and the letter P. This week was a little difficult but, as it turns out, they all are. Not because it’s hard to come up with a word that begins with P, or any other letter for that matter, that’s easy. What’s difficult is coming up with just the right photo.

In the end, I opted for ‘panorama’ and a wide-angle look at a pretty rare sight here in the Pacific Northwest: a solitary boat anchored in the hugely popular Prideaux Haven, part of the Desolation Sound Marine Park. And that boat is none other than Cambria. If you’re a regular follower of our blog, you probably already know that David and I generally seek out remote anchorages where we can be completely alone in the wilderness. And if you’ve been fortunate enough to spend time cruising the Inside Passage, you know that Desolation Sound is anything but desolate so it’s a little surprising that we love anchoring there. But we do.

From October through June, things get pretty quiet on the water, even in one of British Columbia’s most popular marine parks, and it’s during these months that we like to spend time there. But one visit stands out above all the rest. It was late-September of 2011 and we came into Prideaux Haven looking forward to getting off the boat and exploring after having spent the previous week holed-up during the first major storm of the season. Not only did we have the anchorage to ourselves (there were other boats that were anchored in Melanie and Laura Coves), but we spent 3 or 4 days following a black bear from our kayaks as he foraged along the shore. It was a pretty special experience and was the beginning of our love affair for bears.

It’s been a few years since we spent any time in Prideaux Haven. Hopefully our morelaid-back approach to the upcoming cruising season will find us there again soon lazing in the kayaks, hiking the trails and (if we’re really lucky) watching bears.

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  1. P is for yet another Pretty Picture from you :-)

  2. Cheers! But, as you can see, it's really difficult to take a bad picture up here -- it's so beautiful!