Friday, July 11, 2014

Low Tide, Qualicum Beach, B.C.

There are a couple of very interesting things about this particular photos. First, the tides, as you go north, seem to get higher and lower. I realize that the amount of beach exposed in any tidal change is a function of the slope. But here, in Qualicum Beach, B.C. the tidal change was as much as 4.5 meters (about 14 or 15 feet). With such a huge change between high and low tides, there was usually a very large expanse of beach exposed. In this case the local seagull population seemed to enjoy the low tide. Another interesting thing about this photo is the fact that it was cloudy. Yes, it rained every single day we were on Vancouver Island. The weather data shows that they get about 51 inches of rain on the average. This is remarkable for someone who lives where 8 inches a year is the average.

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