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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

King tide today

At this time of year, and again in June, the ocean tides are particularly high, known as "King Tides". Here is a link from the British Columbia environment ministry.

I took these photos at 8:15 this morning just as the tide was coming to its highest point. I was standing at the landing on our short flight of stairs down to the beach. The canoe is not actually floating, which it has done during previous king tides when there has been a strong wind and the water has risen even higher. Today has been beautifully calm with the water very still.
A friend, who came over to knit with me this morning in my studio, and I were delighted to watch two mature bald eagles swooping balletically together down to just touch the water and back up soaring again. They did not seem to be fishing, just playing, maybe pair bonding? Their white heads and tail feathers glinted in the sunshine.

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