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Jack Point Sunset in Nanaimo

A sunset over the Coast Mountain Range and Nanaimo Harbour from Biggs Park/Jack Point/Duke Point in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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Sunset at Jack Point in Nanaimo, BC

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    A sunset photograph from my trip to Vancouver Island last spring. This was made on my first trip to Jack Point/Biggs Park near Nanaimo, BC. An “interesting” place to walk out of in the dark, but well worth the results I had on both evenings in the area.

Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium)

Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium) flowers growing on the sandstone in Biggs Park near Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium) growing on the sandstone in Biggs Park near Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Blooming Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium)

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   These Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium) certainly live in a relatively tough environment. In early June 2013 I found these individuals in Biggs Park near Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. The sandstone surface on the beach creates lot of nooks and crannies for life – and the two plants in the bottom photo were taking advantage of that. The plant in the first photo was right out in the open, however. The ability to survive anchored on the rocks with only a small amount of soil is interesting. Stonecrop are a succulent plant, and store what water they can which makes them quite drought resistant. The thick tissue also help prevent water loss to the environment. I had seen succulents like this before, most likely stonecrop species, but never blooming as nicely as these ones.

Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium) growing on the sandstone in Biggs Park near Nanaimo

Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium)

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Nanaimo Harbour Sunset

The Freighter Geiranger in Nanaimo Harbour at sunset – Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

sunset in nanaimo harbour with the freighter Geiranger

Freighter Geiranger anchored in Nanaimo Harbour at Sunset

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   I made this photo from Biggs Park (near Jack Point) in Nanaimo, British Columbia a few months ago. I hadn’t really intended on photographing a freighter, but it dominated many of my intended compositions at the time. So I embraced what was there, and made the above sunset photo.

   When processing this photo I was curious what sort of cargo this freighter might be carrying. It seems this boat is a “general cargo” carrier, but I found something even more interesting when looking for this information. Apparently a lot of marine vessels can be tracked online and the Geiranger is no different. When I discovered this site it had left Nanaimo and was in China, but now it seems to be up in Kitimat, BC. This is all probably more interesting if you know someone on the crew, however.

Sunset from Biggs Park / Jack Point

Sunset over Nanaimo harbour and the Coast Mountain Range from Biggs Park in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

sunset over the coast mountain range and nanaimo harbour from biggs park at duke point in nanaimo british columbia

Sunset at Nanaimo’s Duke Point (Purchase)

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   I enjoyed the scenery and photographic possibilites at Biggs Park near Nanaimo so much that I shot there on back to back evenings. I remain a bit confused as to what to call the area. The very tip of the peninsula is “Jack Point”, the park is called “Biggs Park”, but the BC Ferries terminal that it is adjacent to is “Duke Point”. Regardless of what the area is called, I enjoyed the sunset I was able to witness – and the sandstone formations (tafoni) always make for interesting foregrounds.

   I also was reminded of what I thought was an already learned lesson in that walking back to the car along a trail in the dark is best done with a flashlight! 🙂