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A Rock in the Ocean by George Cousins

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You could say the coastline of British Columbia is “islands within islands” and you’d be right. This granite rock is Mandarte Island, off the south east coast of Vancouver Island, not far from the town of Sidney. It has a few stunted trees and some grass, but mostly it’s a nesting colony for a great many seabirds, notably gulls and cormorants, The water around it is mostly very deep, except for some jagged reefs at the northern end which one should avoid or at least traverse very carefully. I like to go out there in quiet evenings like this was, just drift along the edges with the tidal currents and watch the birds coming home for the night. Look carefully and you’ll see a row of them all along the top edge of the cliffs. Close-ups will come later.
If you’d like to see it from a satellite, try this URL from Google maps:
You can zoom in pretty close or go back out and see all the surrounding islands.

Taken with a Fuji S100FS camera,August 4, 2008.


  • StopComplaining
    StopComplainingover 5 years ago

    wow!! awesome shot!! :)

  • Thanks, and glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • Brendan Schoon
    Brendan Schoonover 5 years ago


  • Hi Brendan, thanks very much and glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    this is really beautiful George,,,,,,love the colors, please add the location to the next photo of the cormorants….

  • Hi Vickie, good to see you again..thanks for the comments and happy you liked it..I added the location to the cormorants, and I’ll also put it more specifically in this one. Slipped my mind..getting too old for this..LOL!

    – George Cousins

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    never you mind “too old for this”, I’m no spring chicken either, you keep uploading your lovely work George :-))

  • Vickie, you’re a true diplomat, and I accept your negotiation! :):):)

    – George Cousins

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    in Islands of the World, congratulations George!

  • Thanks Vickie, honoured to be in the spotlight! I don’t think I’ve seen another group have this idea, it’s a good one! Anything that makes us try a little harder to do our best is always welcome.

    – George Cousins

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    thank you for that George. A little more exposure for great art can’t hurt, and that’s why I do this in all my groups I own and co-host.

  • Andrew Ness -
    Andrew Ness - ...over 5 years ago

    This is a great shot. Very peaceful. Lovely reflection too.

  • Thanks very much Andrew, much appreciated!

    – George Cousins

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 5 years ago

    Congratulations George!!!

  • pinkster
    pinksterover 5 years ago

    congrats on this gorgeous feature.

  • Hi Pinkster, glad to meet you..thanks very much for dropping by, and glad you liked the picture!

    – George Cousins

  • Marilyn Baldey
    Marilyn Baldeyabout 5 years ago

    That water quality is amazing.

  • A lovely little place to just drift along and enjoy the quiet and watch the birds.

    – George Cousins

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