Yesterday evening I returned home from more than two weeks in British Columbia. I was fortunate to have the window seat during the departing flight from Vancouver and managed a few quick shots of the rhythmic landscape of low tide.

If it seems as though I’m starting my journey at the end, I suppose I am. The last glimpses of land before a largely cloud-covered flight home. This departure is also a starting point. (Sometimes I read magazines backwards, too…)

All images Β© Karen McRae

48 thoughts on “Departure

  1. Ah yes, the Fraser River delta – I flew over there this time last week, but did not think to take a photo. I hope you had a great time and that we get to see photos from the Okanagan and other places you visited.
    Interesting paleoenvironmental fact – this delta occasionally has a major underwater landslide off its leading edge. This has resulted in tsunamis, with sediments from the waves lodged as high as 30m above sea level on the shores of the Gulf Islands that face this way. The wave, much reduced in energy, then reflects back to the delta, presumably running over the lower elevation areas, like Richmond, Delta and Tsawwassen. Let’s hope it does not happen again.

    1. Hi Ephem,
      This is just the first installment! πŸ™‚
      I was just peeking at your Kilgii Gwaii archeological posts and am looking forward to reading them all. What a fascinating thing to do!
      That is quite interesting (and a little scary!) about the underwater landslide. Thanks for writing that.

  2. Fabulous shots, Karen. And the feel of ‘departure’ is etched in these photos. Great work. πŸ™‚

  3. These are lovely, Karen. Great subtle colors. I love seeing the landscape from above, following rivers, mountain ranges and all.

  4. Flight offers that rare opportunity to experience a detached, otherworldly, dreamlike state and you have expressed the condition beautifully.

  5. Such nice photos. I always go for the window seat and love the photos I get through the plane window. They are always soft focus due to the double layer of dirty windows and often ice crystals on the glas, but I think that adds to the charm of them seeming “heavenly.” πŸ˜‰

  6. Welcome back, I think we have all missed you ! πŸ™‚ Lovely images, nicely abstracted. I too read magazines backwards, being left handed it’s more comfortable that way!

  7. absolutely stunning.
    I’ve recently seen (for the ten thousandth time) the film Point Break. It resembles the scene in which they jump out of a plane with parachutes.
    cool view !

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