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.