Port Alberni is situated up a long inlet from Barkley Sound and the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It's easy to forget about the ocean here, what with the mountains and big trees.
I took a hike to one of the places that allows me to visit the sea on a trail created by an old Canadian Pacific Railway line.
I glimpsed a sea lion that breathed so loudly, I first thought it was a whale. Didn't get a pic of its enormous back folding under the water.
Others, like this little song sparrow, came out from under the beach litter to investigate me.
And I found little scenes in old iron that intrigued me.