Witty’s Sooke Lighthouse Fort

CK Wright Photo Trips

It may be a mouthful, but that title accurately describes the four locations on southern Vancouver Island I visited last weekend. Those locations are Witty’s Lagoon, Fisgard Lighthouse and Fort Rodd National Historic Site, and East Sooke Regional Park. I was over on the island visiting a high school friend (Colwyn) and we had a fun weekend exploring those areas and capturing some good compositions. An interesting side story is that my first photographic outing was with Colwyn and a few other friends in North Vancouver.

On Saturday morning we walked around Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park in Metchosin, just south-west of Victoria. This 58 hectare park has a beautiful coastal forest surrounding the lagoon along with coastal beach sections.

Bilston Creek and the Sitting Lady Falls had a fair amount of water flowing through and over it.

I like the twisted shape of this arbutus tree with the calm waters of the lagoon behind.

Speaking of the lagoon, the water was calm and the surrounding forest was mirrored in it. Here are two of my favourite compositions.

I was a bit surprised to see fall colours still present at this time of year. In this next composition, I selected a tight framing to illustrate the grey sinuous branches with the yellow leaves interspersed.

The next stop was the Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites with the impressive fortification and lighthouse overlooking Esquimalt Harbour and Juan de Fuca Strait.

The lighthouse was built in 1860 and is one of the oldest on the west coast.

Inside the light keepers house was this wrought iron staircase leading to the second floor and I thought it would make an interesting composition.

Just up the hill from the lighthouse is Fort Rodd Hill, a coastal artillery fort built in the late 1890’s. It was used from then and through the second world war to defend Victoria and Esquimalt Harbour.

Here is the gun placement in the lower battery section. I liked the layers of different colour and texture. The rings on the wall were used to secure the gun during firing.

I spotted this wrought iron gate latch and the years of wear on the brick wall.

During the day there was a mixture of cloud and a bit of sun. I captured this interesting composition with the multi-layer clouds and the textured ocean. Removing the colour emphasis the tone and texture without the distraction of colour.

On Sunday, we visited East Sooke Regional Park and walked from the Aylard Farm to Creyke Point and then along the coast to Alldridge Point.

Here is the view southwest from Creyke Point towards Alldridge Point.

The arbutus were plentiful and very photogenic. I liked this radial looking composition of the bark centred around the broken branch.

Looking across Beecher Bay at South Hill Rise and Middle Peak.

At Alldridge Point is this petroglyph of a sea lion, pounded into the sandstone using a harder rock hammer.

Nearing lunch time the sun made a welcome appearance and I captured this north-east view along the coast to Alldridge Point.

As I mentioned previously, the arbutus was not only plentiful, but contorted and even growing along the rocky headlands.

There was also shore pine growing in contorted and near shrub-like form.

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