A watercolour sky

I was sailing under a watercolour sky the other day! The happy travels of a nautical PlaidCamper – it all sounds rather lovely…

Sadly, or wisely, I haven’t bought a yacht, and the vessel I’d boarded was a car ferry, the “Coastal Inspiration”, operated by BC Ferries. Perhaps not the most romantic boat on the water, but if you board early, as I did, your car ends up parked up front, with splendid views ahead.

“All aboard!”
We’ve always been lucky whenever we take a BC Ferry – the weather has been kind. Given the amount of fog and rain the PNW receives, by now we should have had a murky or wet crossing or two, but so far, not too bad. Well, that’ll change next time, now I’ve gone and written that…

Leaving Duke Point
Although it was blustery up top and in front, the sea and sky scapes were pretty amazing as we left Duke Point and headed for Tsawassen. Once again, the photos this week were taken on my camera phone. I have got to get back to carrying my camera – getting forgetful with the passing years.fullsizeoutput_52b

What was I saying? Oh yes, the views from on board. Mountains on the island, and mountains on the mainland. The British Columbia coast is beautiful! Last week it was full of soft blues, greys, oranges, and pinks that made it seem like we were sailing in a watercolour. A little fanciful, but very enjoyable as we bobbed about on the Salish Sea. Truthfully, there was not that much bobbing, it being a large car ferry and in calm conditions, which was a good thing. The last time I was out in a whale watching zodiac, everything was wonderful when zooming along, but the rise and fall of the lightish swell when we stopped to observe whales left me feeling somewhat queasy and green – I almost made the water colour. Enough about that.

Taken with wobble cam, grainy cam, swell cam, landlubber cam…
Anyway, a brief post this week to share a few shots of the sea and sky from last week. Back in the city now, and not particularly enjoying the round of chinooks and associated slush. Drip, drip, drip, and then overnight freeze, freeze, freeze, so the following morning we can all slip, slip, slip. Ah, all is well – a PlaidCamper with something minor to complain about.

You were here the other day – stop complaining
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

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26 thoughts on “A watercolour sky”

  1. Oh my you are killing me with all your gorgeous photos! I have been thinking lately of painting some remembered paintings of my experience of the Canadian Rockies as a child. Your post reminded me of that. These photos are very Turneresque, makes me want to paint! Thank you for that. 😉 Have a wonderful weekend!


  2. I, too, see some Turner spirit in your seascapes, subtle tones with fire inside. A lovely coastal ride. I’m afraid if I had taken a similar excursion, my stomach alone would have felt the “Turnersque,” a not very artful sensation.


    1. A Turneresque sky is preferable to a Turneresque stomach, that’s for sure. I’m always thankful for a smooth crossing in winter, and getting a beautiful day is a bonus when on a boat.
      Thanks, Walt, and I hope your week is a smooth one!


  3. Beautiful photos and I loved the All Aboard shot!🙂 It’s always wonderful to see the beauty of water and I would be complaining too after leaving those wonderful skies and returning to this strange winter weather. We are in another warm-up and I actually saw a little bit of water on a few ice covered lakes today. Thanks for the laughs and enjoy your weekend!🙂


    1. Thank you! I was happy to have a calm crossing and beautiful skies to enjoy. I used to be fine on heavier seas, but I think that recent whale-watching trip revealed a real landlubber…
      The Calgary warm weather continues, with snow on the ground disappearing fast, and channels in the river opening up – but I’m hoping proper winter will return, as it is only January!
      Have a good week!

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  4. Lovely peaceful post and I love those skies. Nothing wrong with a ferry crossing, in fact anywhere out on the water on any vessel is invigorating to me. 🙂💦


      1. Your camping trip sounds wonderful! Months and months away from camping here, unless I can persuade Mrs. PC to winter camp. Unlikely! And, quite rightly, she says cabins are for winter…
        Have fun out there!

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    1. Haha, thanks, Wayne – I think I can hear that call – I’d best pay attention and get back there soon!
      I hope your week is off to a good start, and you find a window or two to get out and about. Doesn’t look too promising, but you never know…Your wave shots were exciting!


  5. Your writing here cracked me up, PC, I’m still chuckling as I type. “Drip, drip, drip…so we can all slip, slip, slip.” Pretty funny. Also liked “getting forgetful” and then “what was I saying?” Loved the watercolor colors and the ferry adventure, thanks for taking us on board with you.


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