Cowichan River Estuary – Vancouver Island

I have been spending time during the past few months looking at photos of the Cowichan River Estuary for my latest book The Cowichan – Duncan, Chemainus, Ladysmith and Region. The Cowichan River Estuary flows into Cowichan Bay and the area is impacted significantly by the cool air coming off the ocean. At other times, the warm air from the upper reaches of the Cowichan Valley flows out over the bay creating a very hot and dry climate during the peak of the summer.

Winter frost, Cowichan Bay Estuary. Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Winter frost, Cowichan Bay Estuary. Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

What struck me as I was working through the images is how dramatic the skies change over the period of a year as the seasons change. The foliage changes as well from the lush green of spring to the golden hues of late fall. Here’s a small sampling of this extraordinary area of Vancouver Island. Unfortunately most of my images are from the winter; perhaps I should stay closer to home during our beautiful summers!

October colours at sunrise, Cowichan River Estuary, Vancouver Island, BC

October colours at sunrise, Cowichan River Estuary, Vancouver Island, BC

Early spring, Cowichan River Estuary, Vancouver Island, BC

Early spring, Cowichan River Estuary, Vancouver Island, BC

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Mount Prevost, Cowichan River Estuary, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Mount Prevost, Cowichan River Estuary, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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17 Responses to “Cowichan River Estuary – Vancouver Island”

  1. Linda Jacobs says:

    Stunning photos! Makes me really want to visit that area!
    .-= Linda Jacobs´s last blog ..No, Turn Around! =-.

  2. Jane says:

    Wow you have some seriously beautiful images here Kevin, a beautiful place even in the winter image you have. I like the depth of field you have with the Heron too-well done. Thanks for sharing these with us:)
    .-= Jane´s last blog ..Skywatch Friday: Another Instance of a Mock Sun =-.

  3. Sylvia Kirkwood says:

    Fantastic captures! Love the birds against the sky. The first one with the cows, lovely autumn colors with a touch of fog — perfect! Marvelous! regardless of the season!

    Enjoy!

    Sylvia
    .-= Sylvia Kirkwood´s last blog ..Sky Watch Friday! =-.

  4. Diane AZ says:

    Your images are all stunning as usual. I especially love the colors of the mountains in the last one.
    .-= Diane AZ´s last blog ..Skywatch =-.

  5. Julie says:

    The image of the Great Blue Heron is astounding! Such an ethereal quality to it. The way the fog is enveloping the surroundings. The beauty of the decaying posts. I do love moss and lichen.

    So very very fine …
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Skywatch – channeling Jeffrey Smart =-.

  6. Chris says:

    Fantastic series!
    Once I was on your island and I have very beautiful memories at it.
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..SKY WATCH FRIDAY # 47 Toskana =-.

  7. kevin says:

    Thanks all,

    I love sharing photographs of the beautiful area I live in. I’ll be checking out your parts of the world tomorrow AM.

    Cheers

  8. Geogypsy says:

    All beautiful skies, and the scenery is gorgeous also.

  9. Regina, Philippines says:

    Such beautiful nature.
    These are amazing. Thanks for sharing.
    Regina
    .-= Regina, Philippines´s last blog ..SkyWatch. Mountain Peaks And Clear Sky =-.

  10. Joyce M says:

    I love the image with the cows! My second favorite is the picture of the Great Blue Heron. Nice job on your skywatch post.
    Joyce M
    .-= Joyce M´s last blog ..Skywatch Firday – Season 4 Episode 11 =-.

  11. Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA says:

    Such yummy images. Absolutely we need to see those landscapes in the summer also!

    By the way, a dear friend just moved to Pt Townsend, so I am sure she will enjoy the link I sent her to your posts below. I do love your photos.
    .-= Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA´s last blog ..Dragon clouds =-.

  12. kevin says:

    Sara, your friend will love Port Townsend. It’s one of my favourite towns although owning a wooden boat I might be a little biased. You will have to visit!

  13. EG wow says:

    Vancouver Island is such a beautiful place, which all five of your photos show.
    .-= EG wow´s last blog ..Twisted/ Photo Hunter =-.

  14. Lynn says:

    I will share what I said out loud – ‘Wow’ – so beautiful.
    .-= Lynn´s last blog ..To the Sea =-.

  15. Deborah Godin says:

    You’ve captured the beauty, the quiet mystery of that country and the season wonderfully!
    .-= Deborah Godin´s last blog .. =-.

  16. Lisa's Chaos says:

    It honestly looks like one of those places that is magical at all times! I’m glad you go back again and again – such a beautiful place!
    .-= Lisa’s Chaos´s last blog ..Snapping distance =-.

  17. Grace Olsson says:

    I work as portrait photographer for to live but the nature helps me so much take out the stress…

    congrats for the photos, dear

    http://graceolsson.com/blog/2009/10/lago-bohinj-slovenija-lake-bohinj-slovenia/
    .-= Grace Olsson´s last blog ..Lago Bohinj – Slovenija ( Lake Bohinj – Slovenia) at Sky Watch =-.

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