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Friday, August 9, 2013

blue skies, green water and a seagull



We drove the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler, BC recently.
This Highway 99, starts in Vancouver and ends in Pemberton.  The highway was improved for the heavy traffic that would take people to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler.
The highway has a reputation for being a 'highway of death' due to the numbers of people killed on it over the years.  Many motorists have lost their lives due to inclement weather, poor visibility, speeding and drunk driving.

Thankfully, we had gorgeous weather for our drive.





The green glacial waters and the mountains, the highway hugging the mountainsides and dropping off to the valley below, was just amazing.  And scary too.

We stopped at this area above, called Porteau Cove Provincial Park.  


This used to be a ferry dock but is not used anymore.  There is a man made diving reef off to the right though and we could see divers swimming out to it.


Kayakers and boaters were coming and going.

And so were the seagulls...


This one parked on the railing of the dock and stayed there for about 10 minutes.  It was very tame and appeared to only have one leg to stand on.


Oh!  There's it's leg.  It kept lifting it up and down so I think it must have been tired or sore. 


It was so tame that we got within 3 or 4 feet of it.


Such a handsome/beautiful bird.  
I'm not sure if it was a he or a she.


Very tame!!


The seagull thought we were getting a bit too close so it took off.


Free to fly the blue skies over the green waters.


What a beautiful spot!!

I'll be back with another post of our trip to beautiful Whistler.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Thanks for visiting.

Blessings,

Pamela

36 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos of an amazing part of our country. Our family returned home to BC on Thursday and we are already planning a trip out early next spring.

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  2. How lucky you were to have a holiday in BC this summer. I enjoyed seeing pictures of you with Judy on both your blogs. It's wonderful that two friends from the east and west coast met through blogging and even better that you were able to meet in person in such a beautiful garden setting.

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  3. Hi Pamela! I'm so glad you were able to get away for a bit! We've just gotten back for a little four day trip and I'm exhausted! :) Now I think these are some of your prettiest snaps yet! I love the ones of the gull. We have so many around here - the laughing gulls. They always sound like they're making fun of you! ;)
    Hope you're doing well and you're always a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. Glad your enjoying BC, Pamela. Isn't it beautiful!

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  5. What a beautiful drive!
    BC is Beautiful, Beautiful BC.

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  6. It's so good to see my ocean again...after all it has a piece of my heart. Sounds like you had a great trip, and you got some great shots. I can smell the salty air from here.

    Jen

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  7. That is a beautiful area. Gorgeous shots. I like the one of the seagull in flight, it looks so good against the pure blue sky. I also like the little cove with all the wood.

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  8. These photographs are outstanding. The sights are, too. What a wonderful place to visit. My mother and step-dad went to Whistler and Mom said it was one of the prettiest places they had traveled to. I am so glad you are on a vacation. Your picture taking is so grand, Pamela. I am waiting for some more. Very interesting.

    Be careful and God Bless you and husband,
    Susannah

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  9. What a gorgeous shoreline! You had fantastic weather. Great portraits of the gull! Love the flight shot!

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  10. Such a location for taking those amazing, dramatic shots of scenery! Murray is a very willing guy getting up close to a seagull that way.

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  11. That seagull is too funny! What great pictures, the water looks so beautiful! Great shots .

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  12. I love that drive, especially for the colour of the water. You captured it beautifully!

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  13. you dealt with some haze. gorgeous views ... just lovely. ( :
    have a nice weekend.

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  14. What a beautiful drive! I love the photos of the seagull, especially the one in flight.

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  15. Stunning photos - the seagull flying is tremendous. We drove that hiway to Whistler while the widening was under construction - and we drove it AT NIGHT. When we came home the next week we drove it in the daylight and were shocked at how bad it was with the construction going on - we were terrified when we realized what we had driven through. I'm glad it is done and so much improved. We had a fabulous time in Whistler though, with our family and grandson.

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  16. Love your pictures, it makes me miss the west coast. But I do remember those roads, bit scary for an Ontarian who was not use to them!

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  17. What a gorgeous place! It looks like it would be cold...but I guess not! Love the seagull. We have some of his 'one legged' cousins here in FL. They always look so funny when they do that! Have fun!

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  18. Beautiful scenery Pam, I couldn't get over the colour of the water when we were out west.
    Judith

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  19. Lovely pictures!
    Have a nice day! RW & SK

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  20. Your driftwood beach is magnificent, Pamela. Awesome photographs.

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  21. That first photo is gorgeous. I can see how it would be a bit scary to drive that route. Maybe a bit like the Pacific Coast Highway.
    I am taking notes of your visit to BC. We will be attending a wedding in Seattle soon and if at all possible I'm hoping to sneak in a quick visit to this beautiful area.

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  22. Beautiful---thanks for the journey---makes me want to be there.

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  23. Such a beautiful place - Roger and I would love to visit there one day!

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  24. Such beauty, I have never been to BC, maybe some day!

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  25. What beautiful views you had driving along that road! The sky, mountains and water are so blue! I saw many seagulls like this one in California, where they seemed very tame and unafraid of people

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  26. Hi Pamela and what absolutely breathtaking, beautiful scenery. Sad about so many killed on that highway. I try to stay away from roads like that, yet oh the beauty that would have been missed, had you not gone. Have a beautiful week~

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  27. I've never enjoyed driving that highway, I really dreaded it every time we did, but it is better now, I think, since the Olympics. You captured some beautiful scenes, you are really good!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  28. That drive to Whistler is hair raising at certain places! When I was being driven along there I thought the views were fantastic and wondered if Whistler itself could top anything I was seeing along the way.

    My dad studied birds in college and raised me a few blocks from the beach in San Diego. The shoreline birds were "gulls". If we slipped up and called them "seagulls" we would get the lecture: "And I suppose the gulls you see at the bay are bagels? And the ones standing in the park...parkgulls?"

    Beautiful birds whatever you call them!

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  29. How fun to see the road and scenery from your perspective. Beautiful photos. The gulls are very tame around here - too used to people I guess.

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  30. Oh....I would love to get my hands on that driftwood!!!
    Hope you are home...safe and sound!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  31. Pamela, the photos are stunning, such beautiful scenery. Amazing how close you could get to the seagull, too!

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  32. Great pictures of the seagull! And the water looks so refreshing on this hot day where I live!

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  33. What a great trip to that corner of the world. British Columbia is such an incredible province. And your photo of the seagull in flight is spectacular!

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