North of the popular Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park is the beautiful, less-visited beach of Schooner Cove .
Low Tide Schooner Cove
The weather finally began to clear for our explorations that day.
The rocky islands accessible at low tide were full of beautiful & unusual plants.
Yellow Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus)
Masses of yellow monkeyflower carpeted the steep slopes of the islands.
Thrift or Sea-pink (Armeria maritima)
Accents of pink were thrift, which at first glance might be mistaken for seablush. I photographed this one with the glowing yellow monkeyflower in the background.
Bayberry (Myrica californica)
The bayberry shrub, also called California wax-myrtle, is actually blue-listed in BC – only known in the Tofina/Ucluelet area of Vancouver Island.
Tracy’s Mistmaiden (Romanzoffia tracyi)
A pretty flower found only in the sea-spray zone is Tracy’s mistmaiden – almost finished blooming at this time of year.
Villous Cinquefoil (Potentilla villosa)
This plant has one of my favourite plant names – it sounds to me like the name of a cartoon villain! Villous cinquefoil grows from ocean to alpine.
Beach-carrot (Glehnia littoralis ssp. leiocarpa)
Higher on the beach, we found beach-carrot, also known as beach silver-top & several other names. This plant is also blue-listed in BC, found only in coastal dunes & sandy beaches.
Beach Morning-glory (Convolvulus soldanella)
We were also happy to find beach morning-glory, another blue-listed species in BC, not quite in bloom. At first we though it was the rare pink sand-verbena, red-listed in BC , as restoration efforts are underway in Pacific Rim Park.
Rocky Life at Schooner Cove
At the far north end of Schooner Cove, rocky outcrops supported a huge variety of sea life from anemones to barnacles to seastars.
Odd-looking Gooseneck Barnacles are only found in exposed areas of the outer coast as they require water movement in order to feed.
Excited Black Oystercatchers
Black Oystercatchers were the only shorebird still present in numbers , their excited calls following us along the beach.
Schooner Cove Clouds
As we started out the clouds had been dark & dramatic with just glimpses of blue.
Schooner Cove Sky
Soon however the sky began to clear and blue dominated the lansdcape.
Sea & Sky
I tried the same view in black & white, an effective way to show the patterns and textures in the sand, sea and sky. I made numerous compositions of the endless combinations.
Sand & Rock
Sand & Island
Sand & Sky
Sand & Sea