Sunset, Discovery Passage, B.C.

AUGUST 2002 – Enroute of the Discovery Passage, the sun sets behind the mountains of an island in British Columbia, Canada. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Back in 2002 we took the opportunity to use the ferry from Port Hardy on Vancoucer Island to Bella Coola, a town on the mainland of British Columbia. The passage is not as long as the one to Prince Rupert – but as beautiful.

So, on the morning of the 15th August we entered the Queen of Chilliwack in Port Hardy, and we had heavy weather. It was rather cold and did not really invite for a sunbath on the upper deck. During the route we were directly facing the pacific, and huge waves were bashing against the ship.

When we had reached the protecting islands again, the weather cleared up and the remaining trip was fantastic. As you are very close to the shoreline, you will see similar wonderful views, and the captain even stopped the engines for a group of Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), so the passengers could take some photographs!

Once the sun started to set behind the hills, it got quite chilly outside but I could not resist to take a couple of decent sunset shots. In this picture I like the reduced color set with its many different shades of orange and yellow as well as the contrast between the water and the hills. The beams of the sunlight are captivating.

The high resolution image

Capture Date15-AUG-2002
LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210mm f/4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, Adobe RGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3760 x 2390 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/


  1. Woha, simply mind blowing scenes Mark!

    Looks like an ideal place to explore, looking at all of these stunning sceneries.

    This brings back memories on an expedition I took part in the beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka in South Asia.

    I set out on a journey to explore the longest river of Sri Lanka; River Mahaweli with a group of kayakers paddling for 3 long days.

    And trust me when I say this, it was ‘heaven on earth” from lush greeneries to all the flora and fauna simply captivated me. Read the full story here,


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