Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada

One of my favourite photography locations is close to home, an amazing rock formation on Gabriola Island called The Malaspina Galleries. The rock in this area has been eroded for thousands of years by waves creating the feeling of walking underneath a frozen wave. The point itself has beautiful small tide pools and is home to some gorgeous Arbutus trees.

From a photographic standpoint, photographing the Malaspina Galleries is a major challenge. There are very few evenings where the light hits the galleries at a good angle if at all and the tide has to be at the perfect height to truly enjoy the spectacle. This is a trip that requires meticulous planning, perhaps weeks in advance.

 Having photographed the “wave” a number of times I have only been truly pleased with one set of images. Fortunately all is not lost as the rest of the area is very photogenic most of the year. If you want to go, let me know and I’ll pull out some detailed shooting information about dates and tides, just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, British Columbia

Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, British Columbia

Eroded Rocks, Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, British Columbia

Eroded Rocks, Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, British Columbia

Looking out to sea; a dog looks out over Northumberland Channel and Nanaimo, Gabriola Island, British Columbia

Looking out to sea; a dog looks out over Northumberland Channel and Nanaimo, Gabriola Island, British Columbia

Sea Stars, Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada

Sea Stars, Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada

Arbutus Tree, Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada

Arbutus Tree, Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada

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9 Responses to “Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada”

  1. KKH Photos says:

    Beautiful images! Love the first one, with the cliff hanging out over the water. Looks like you could walk right on in.

    You always find the best locations to shoot.

  2. kevin says:

    You can walk right on in if the tide is correct, pretty amazing really.

    I’m lucky to be living in an amazingly beautiful area so lots of great places to shoot. I just wish I had more time; on the other hand I often shoot 4 or 5 days a week so shouldn’t complain too much.

  3. Eyerex says:

    Great photos which make me wish i lived somewhere a bit more interesting as you don’t get the views you have in south London:)

  4. Lynn says:

    This is my first visit to your blog and I am very impressed with your work. I like your macros probably the best, but I’m a macro kind of gal. The star fish are amazing.

  5. kevin says:

    Thanks Lynn,

    There’s some nice macro work on your site as well. I’ll visit often to see what you’re up to.

    Eyerex,

    Thanks for stopping by. You know, big cities like London have their own charms although quite different from much of what I do. I spent about a week in Paris last year and was just blown away by everything that needed to be photographed. My wife wasn’t as impressed!

  6. Eyerex says:

    Very true about city’s as even when you go from north to south London it has a totally different look and feel

  7. Jazzy says:

    WOW those are awesome shots Kevin. I had family who lived in Squamish BC and its always somewhere I wanted to visit, if there are locations like that in BC I will definitely have to get there one day.

  8. kevin says:

    Hi Jazzy,

    Come on up! This is only the beginning of a series I’m doing on my favourite places to photograph. I just got in from shooting Fawn lilies at another one of my favourite places up here. Every Friday I’m putting a new location up so stay tuned.

  9. Keltie says:

    Great shots, if you don’t mind, I am adding link to my blog to show it to my out of province family. I live on Gabriola but don’t have your talent for photography.

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