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Images from the Beautiful
Saturna Island
Gulf Islands, British Columbia, Canada
Above: A collage of some of my favorite photos from Saturna in the shape of Saturna Island. A nice poster. Click here to see larger version.

In 2002, my parents bought a 1-acre piece of property on Saturna Island, one of the more remote islands of the Gulf Island chain near Vancouver Island, British Columbia. (Currently we are building a house—designed as a class project for an architecture class I took as an elective in university—where my parents plan to live once they retire.) Saturna Island is a photographer's paradise: mountains right on the ocean’s edge, magnificent sunsets, orca pods swimming by right off the sandstone shelf, delicate flowers, almost 200 different bird species (see my bird page for photos of several Saturna birds), the beautiful National Park at East Point, and so much more. Below is a sampling of my photos from Saturna.

Silhouettes of parents at Warburton Pike, islands behind.
Christmas lights on foghorn building at East Point.
Christmas lights on foghorn building at East Point.
Humpback whale spotting, a rare treat.
Black oystercatcher.
Harlequin duck.
Harlequin duck.
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) anomaly peloric monstrous terminal flower mutation caused by a double recessive gene at a locus called "centroradialis".
Knarl on madrona tree
Wave-swept balloon
Sanderling and Black Turnstones
Red-tailed hawk
Christmas lights on foghorn hut at East Point.
Waves crashing against the reef
Fungus
Barred Owl
Spitbug
Primary bow, Secondary bow, Supernumeraries over water
Primary bow, Secondary bow, Supernumeraries over water
Ants
River Otter.
River Otter.
Dawn.
Fawn.
Primo spot on the BC Ferry.
Sea kayaking near Saturna.
Sea kayaking near Saturna.
Grass.
Foxglove.
Crossbill.
White-crowned sparrow.
Pink Pea Flower.
Caterpillar.
Grass seed.
Orca jumping.
Orcas.
Orca.
Orca.
Orca.
East Point Fog Alarm Building.
East Point Fog Alarm Building.
East Point Fog Alarm Building.
Dark-eyed Junco
Wintertime Coast Mountains of BC from Saturna.
Island view from the high point on Saturna (Mount Warburton Pike).
December sun and snag.
Island view from the high point on Saturna (Mount Warburton Pike).
Island view from the high point on Saturna (Mount Warburton Pike).
Fresh cod for dinner!
Sailboat off the sandstone shelf.
Feral goat.
Feral goats.
Beautiful sunrise over salt water and Mt. Baker from Saturna.
Grass enflamed by a September sunset.
Orca jumping.
Young orca just about to breach.
My dad watching sunset over Tumbo Island.
Caterpillar.
Comical Deer.
Comical Deer.
Orca fluke.
Orca whale jumping! (June 22, 2009).
Orcas swimming by again! (June 22, 2009).
And again! (June 20, 2009).
Rainbow on a stormy evening (June 21, 2009).
Dragonfly (June 19, 2009).
Dragonfly (June 19, 2009).
At the old mill (June 19, 2009).
At the old mill (June 19, 2009).
At the old mill (June 19, 2009).
Reflection of clouds in window (June 17, 2009).
Summer sunset at East Point (June 17, 2009).
East Point in convex reflector I found on the road (June 15, 2009).
Winter fog over the Gulf Islands (Jan 18, 2009).
Wintertime at the cove at East Point, sepia tones (Jan 18, 2009).
Orcas swimming by under moonbeam (Sept 14, 2008). Click here to be directed to my webpage devoted to my night photography.
Ocean ripples (Aug 23, 2008).
Seagull floating by on log (Aug 23, 2008).
Clouds (July 26, 2008).
Otter (July 25, 2008).
Western Tiger Swallowtail (July 4, 2008).
Black Oystercatcher.
Hanging fish decoration (January 20, 2008).
Evening light (January 19, 2008).
Cozy light inside our cabin (January 19, 2008).
Toilet Paper in Outhouse (January 19, 2008).
Morning Colors over Orcas Island (October 28, 2007).
Autumn Colors (October 27, 2007).
Autumn Berries (October 27, 2007).
Lock on door of foghorn hut at East Point (August 31, 2007).
Sap on Tree (August 31, 2007).
Evening Sun on Water (August 30, 2007).
Evening colors at East Point (August 30, 2007).
Anchor below hut on East Point (August 30, 2007).
Echo Bay (July 31, 2007).
Streaming Kelp (July 31, 2007).
Rufous Hummingbird, a common sight hovering around flowers on the island (July 31, 2007).
Sunset over Tumbo Island (July 30, 2007).
Leaves in Sunlight (July 30, 2007).
A jaunty White Crowned Sparrow at East Point (July 2, 2007).
Clouds above Orcas Island (July 2, 2007).
Cool Flowers (July 2, 2007)
Eagle taking flight above the old foghorn hut at East Point (July 2, 2007)
Seal near Lyall Harbor Ferry Dock (May 7, 2007).
Fawn near East Point (May 6, 2007).
Gulf Island Ferry, taken on the way to Saturna (May 6, 2007).
American Goldfinch, a common sight in the thistles on Saturna (May 5, 2007).
Dovefoot Geranium (May 5, 2007).
Flower (May 5, 2007)..
Chocolate Lily (May 5, 2007)..
Sea Lions near East Point (December 26, 2006).
Christmas lights on tree stump (December 26, 2006).
Deer in Morning Sun (Aug 5, 2006).
Blue Snake (Aug 3, 2006).
90-Minute exposure of the moonset (Aug 3, 2006). Click here to be directed to my webpage devoted to my night photography.
Cormorants skimming the water (Aug 3, 2006).
Half Moon. Click here to be directed to my webpage devoted to my night photography.
Grass colored by the setting sun (July 23, 2006).
Grass in evening light (July 22, 2006).
June Bug (July 22, 2006).
Old foghorn hut at East Point and sunset colors on the clouds (July 21, 2006).
Ferry dock at Tsawwassen, on our way to Saturna Island (July 20, 2006).
Sunset colors and Tumbo Island from East Point (June 24, 2006).
Bench at East Point looking south (June 24, 2006).
Mating Ladybugs (June 24, 2006).
Star streaks over hut at East Point (March 25, 2006). Click here to be directed to my webpage devoted to my night photography.
Vancouver lights and star streaks at East Point (20 minute exposure) (March 25, 2006). Click here to be directed to my webpage devoted to my night photography.
Dafodil (March 25, 2006).
Daisy (March 25, 2006).
Water rushing over a starfish (March 4, 2006).
Broken window in old foghorn hut at East Point (March 3, 2006).
Spider (June 18, 2005).
Bee on flower (June 17, 2005).
Mullein (June 17, 2005).
White Foxglove (June 17, 2005).
Fishing rig traveling through Active Pass near Saturna Island (June 15, 2005).
Sunrays over Orcas Island (Aug 16, 2004).
East Point (July 17, 2004).
Sunset from Russell Reef (June 19, 2004).
Evening light on the ocean (Aug 10, 2003).
Tug boat and moon and Orcas Island (Aug 8, 2003).
Baby seal (July 22, 2003).
Orca jumping off south side of Saturna Island (June 26, 2003).
Starfish (June 17, 2003).

Mid-July Sunset over Tumbo Island from East Point (July 21, 2006).
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