Sunsets require you to take many digital images in your quest of getting the best image possible. And that’s what happened here. In hopes of getting the scene at it’s very best, it’s common to start when the scene is lovely and keep shooting as it gets better and better (in this case intense colour and reflection) and not stopping until the scene is visibly past its prime.
This image was taken about 30 minutes after sunset, and before the sky became too dark and dull. It’s presented as seen, and as shot—without gobs of filters or over-editing. (only a bit of contrast and a tiny bit of sharpening). At this point in the sunset, it was getting dark. Attempting to show exactly what was shot, I did not adjust the brightness.
What an amazing start to summer.
8 a.m., low tide (0.7 feet)
Not everyone’s idea of a beach I guess, but I seem to gravitate to it. I tend to think of the area as two beaches, Botanical Beach and Botany Bay—they’re joined but there’s no sign saying where one ends and the other begins. Not that it matters of course, but it makes the hike doubly entertaining as each beach has it’s own distinctive character.
Just outside Port Renfrew, the beaches are at one end of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. From the parking lot there’s a loop trail so you can walk down to the ocean (you’ll want to be there at a one foot tide or lower) explore the tide pools on the long, wide, and flat Botanical Beach, then find your way around the headland above, explore the raw beauty of the Botany Bay area, then hike the rest of the loop trail back to the parking lot.