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View from the Malahat

Driving up Highway 1 (or the Trans Canada Highway) coming from Victoria you go over the Malahat very soon after leaving Victoria. Both tourists and locals appreciate the views from the Malahat. Even twenty years ago all the way along this stretch of the highway it was scenic. Meanwhile the trees have grown and now largely obstruct the view.

These photographs were taken from the better viewpoint of the two spots that are designated as such. Even here treetops begin to break up the scenery.

This is what we are looking at:


Here are a few good example of the midday blues.





About Joseph de Lange

Before retirement worked in art galleries, a photo studio, offices, and the trades. Don't travel much anymore but still photograph. For the past 5 years 95% of my photography is done with the phone. My prediction for big cameras: DSLRs and their beautiful lenses and even the smaller mirrorless cameras will be mostly a historical footnote in the not too distant future.

10 responses to “View from the Malahat

  1. such a wonderful place and you capture the clouds so well

  2. wolke205

    Breathtaking! Just wow! 😀

  3. Stunning, Joseph! I love this little spot. I never thought of it before, but now you’ve got me wondering what it must have been like 20 years ago, I never used to pay attention to be honest when I drove the road in the 80’s and 90’s. Great, great post!

    • I reckon when the new highway was built a lot of the land between road and ocean was cleared also. Driving from Victoria over the Malahat the stretch of highway continuing from where these photos were taken showed spectacular vistas for many years. Then the trees grew tall again and here we are. Mind you, let those trees grow (the world needs more trees), but maintain views from the view points. There the views begin to be broken up as well.

  4. ehpem

    This is also one of my favourite views and I too have noticed it closing in with trees over the past few decades. There really only needs to be a bit of tree work to preserve the view, with little loss to biomass. I think it is important for there to be viewpoints of the areas we live that give a different perspective and emphasize the size of human works on the landscape.

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