June 2016-Hornby Island located two ferry rides from Vancouver Island is my definition of tranquility. On our recent trip across Canada I have to say that there are several places that I might add to this definition. We visited early June, prior to an upcoming tourist season. My quest for barns as a subject for my sketching continued on the island.
The beaches are unique with horizontal rock ledges exposed as the tides shift. The forests were noticeable to someone accustom to Eastern Canada and the abundance of birch and maple trees. The Douglas fir, red cedar, lodgepole pine and arbutus trees all provide a distinct backdrop.
One of our days included a walk on the beach. The tide was out so that we could walk along the rock ledges and then stop for a picnic. As we sat enjoying the sound of the wind and waves, an eagle was busy at work maneuvering along the rocks and fishing. Canadian geese in the water were watching the eagle as intently as we were.