It came so close to the ferry that my big lens couldn't catch a full shot and there was no time to adjust.
We (passengers and ferry staff) were worried for its safety, but I believe..
it was okay, since it swam away and dove several times in the next few minutes.
I have a "Thanksgiving and Autumn colours" post waiting in the wings, but right now, I will express my deep thanks to that whale, to Bill for choosing the perfect time for the sailing, and to all those who share my joy.
It was also thrilling that two friends just happened to be on the same sailing with us. Leona was standing next to me, as I was taking the photos. They live on beautiful Pender Island, shown below. I took the photo after the ferry dropped them off. We continued on to Salt Spring Island..
and I again felt fortunate to get quite a close-up of this beautiful cormorant before the ferry docked.
and graceful flight always leave me in awe.
Then, at Salt Spring, and from Raven's dining room window, I saw this Downey Woodpecker..
just as I began posting about my thrilling experience.
This Dark-eyed Junco (?) was outside the window too. What a beautiful start to our visit!
I am seriously behind in reading the wonderful blogs at Our World Tuesday, but determined to catch up soon. In the mean time, I hope you will take the time to stop by to see events in the lives of people all around the world. Until next time!