Rare Westcoast Totem Pole (please read description!) by Lisa Baumeler

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I was amazed when I saw an example of this concept at Billy Proctor’s museum on Gilford Island in the chain of Broughton Islands between the mainland of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. What looks like a carved totem pole (mouths, eyes and such) is really the shoreline captured in perfect stillness of early morning light with the reflection creating the facial symmetry. A quick crop and a 90 degree rotation in post processing and you have the totem pole look alike! I searched every day of my 3 week boating trip and the morning we were leaving for our day’s journey home, the conditions were perfect. I was thrilled!!!

Nikon D80
Nikkor 18-135mm lens

ISO – 100


totem pole, westcoast, bc


  • EchoNorth
    EchoNorthalmost 4 years ago

    what a crazy, cool concept!! Love it:)

  • Thanks so much Janene!!

    – Lisa Baumeler

  • Reeta
    Reetaalmost 4 years ago

    Just can’t stop looking – There’s thousands of images here. Great shot!

  • Thanks Mama! I was SO pleased that the universe saw fit to give me the conditions and shoreline that I needed to capture this on my very last day!! Awesome way to end our boating trip!!

    – Lisa Baumeler

  • Cathal .
    Cathal .almost 4 years ago

    You’re kidding me! This is fantastic. The Missus is wondering why I’m standing in the kitchen looking sideways at my computer! Now that’s the kind of quirky and alternative view that makes my day! well done you!

  • What a great comment!! Thanks C!! I was a happy camper that day, for sure! I’ll keep trying to recapture this concept on a day when the water is absolutely still… can see an ever-so-slight ripple in this one (on the left side fo the photo) that I want to avoid next time!

    – Lisa Baumeler

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosalmost 4 years ago

    Oh this is amazing! Fabulous!

  • Thank you soo-oo much BC!!

    – Lisa Baumeler

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekalmost 4 years ago

    What a great concept and outcome……………..amazing!! ;-))

  • Thanks for the visit and for leaving a comment Stephanie!!

    – Lisa Baumeler

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertover 3 years ago

    Oh wow, I am just in awe of this scene..great shot.

  • Thank you so much Kim! I’m so pleased you like this one!

    – Lisa Baumeler

  • Sheri Bawtinheimer
    Sheri Bawtinhe...about 3 years ago

    Thank you for submitting this to Beautiful BC

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