We sailed out of Bedwell harbour, the wind was all over the place again, so we kept the engine running also, we decided to head towards Montague, on Galiano island, but as we started passing James bay ,on Prevost island, we saw that no one was there, not a boat, not a person, and that was just too good to be true!!! We anchored near the reef, (not too near), and after shutting down the engine, we just sat there , listening to the incredible quiet, the peace, just the odd snorting of a seal, the sound of duck wings beating. We love this place, it is also where we picked all the apples last fall, in the old orchard at the Provincial park.
There are trails all around the bay, where you walk through old forests , or soft, green meadows, the trail leads all the way to the lighthouse at the head of the bay. Bert went for a small walk while i made dinner, and after dishes we settled down, to just take it all in.
This is what i wrote:
THIS IS JAMES BAY
SUCH QUIET!! SMALL CIRCLES OF WATER,RIPPLING OUTWARDS LIKE SATURN’S RINGS
SMALL FISH COMING TO THE SURFACE,FEEDING AT HIGH TIDE.
THE BALD EAGLE SWOOPS DOWNWARDS,ITS GOLDEN TALONS OUTSTRETCHED,
THIS COULD BE A CHANCE,AN OPPERTUNITY, A SMALL FEED, FOR THE EVENING TO COME… BUT, THE LITTLE DUCK DIVES AND THE EAGLE MOVES ON,
SEEMING TO BE ON A MISSION ,HE FOLLOWS THE SHORE LINE AT GREAT SPEED!!
A CANADA GOOSE PAIR SUN THEMSELVES IN THE EVENING ORANGE LIGHT ON A GRASSY SLOPE, THIS COULD BE A NESTING SITE……OR MAYBE NOT…..
THE LOCAL OTTER COMES SWIMMING TOWARDS US ,FISH IN HIS MOUTH,
WE CAN HEAR THE CHEWING, THE CHOMPING,VERY QUICKLY HE EATS TWO,BOTH FLOUNDERS,THEN CONTINUES TO THE REEF.
A PAIR OF BUFFLEHEAD DUCKS FLOAT AROUND ,SO IN TUNE WITH EACH OTHER,
A LONE MERGANZER FOLLOWS, FULLY ACCEPTED, DESPITE HER LARGE SIZE.
THREE SILVER BODIES BOB UP AND DOWN;THREE SMALL SEALS,CURIOUS ABOUT US,
WE WHISTLE AND THEY STARE,AND STARE, LOOKING WORRIED WITH THEIR DARK EYES.
SLOWLY THE LIGHT FADES AND AS OUT OF NO WHERE, A DOZEN SHEEP APPEAR!!!
ONE, A MAJESTIC MALE WITH BEAUTIFUL HORNS,HE IS IN CHARGE!!!
THE SOLAR LIGHTS LIGHT UP,THE BOAT LOOKS WARM AND INVITING!!!
THE SMALL DUCKS START A CLEANING FRENZY,LITTLE WINGS BEATING AS IF MOTOR DRIVEN,THEY CHATTER AMONGST THEMSELVES;ALMOST TIME TO SETTLE FOR THE NIGHT.
THE SEALS NOW SOUND LIKE OLD MEN, SNORTING AND GRUNTING,SEEMINGLY IN EACH OTHERS WAY.
THE HORIZON IS ORANGE SOFT,PEACH AND VELVET, WHAT A WEALTH THIS IS FOR US, TO TAKE THIS ALL IN,
WE FEEL SO TOTALLY BLESSED!!!