Friday Slide Scan #20 has four samples from in 1985-86 in Pacific Rim National Park. These are pictures of the very Rim itself.

While I certainly haven’t seen all of B.C.’s famous sights, the Park stands out for a bunch of reasons among those I have. Obviously there is the shocking beauty; then there is the scale (large), the vegetation, the ocean, and the welcoming nearby towns when you want a break from all that nature.

The first two pictures are from August of 1985, taken from the park’s “Schooner” campground; I must have twenty shots of the islet, here pink-highlighted. You can walk to it at low tide, but you can’t climb to the top any time unless you’ve got thick clothing, determination, a machete, and are willing to slaughter a lot of innocent vegetation. I’ve never been.

Pacific Rim National Park seascape
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Pacific Rim National Park seascape

The high summer of those first two pictures is pretty glorious out there on the big beach, but the park comes into its own in winter, when the big Pacific gales get their mojo workin’ and the vastness is mostly empty. Mind you, the days are short and the weather’s usually brutal, but you’ll see things that you’ll never forget.

These two are from December 1986.

Pacific Rim National Park seascape
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Pacific Rim National Park seascape

Images in the Friday Slide Scans are from 35mm slides taken between 1953 and 2003 by (in rough chronological order) Bill Bray, Jean Bray, Tim Bray, Cath Bray, and Lauren Wood; when I know exactly who took one, I’ll say; in this case, Tim and Cath Bray. Most but not all of the slides were on Kodachrome; they were digitized using a Nikon CoolScan 4000 ED scanner and cleaned up by a combination of the Nikon scanning software and PhotoShop Elements.


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