The Lone Traveler

In June of 2012 we visited relatives in British Columbia. We traveled via ferries from the mainland to Port Angeles and onto Victoria. It was a rainy day and I spent much of time inside exploring the the passenger decks with camera in hand. June is a bit early in the year for tourism and finding this deck with a sole passenger captured the mood of the weather and the day.

The Lone Traveler by John Poltrack on
The Lone Traveler



West Coast Archives

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Several years ago I scanned some photos that my wife’s niece had been keeping in a shoebox taken in the 1950s and 1960s. These were taken at several of the Indian Reserves along the west coast  of Vancouver Island. My wife lived in several of the various locations, Hot Springs, Ceepeecee, Zeballos and Nuchatlitz. She also attended several of the Indian Residential Schools, Christie, Saint Mary’s and Mission, all of which were part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement agreement announced in 2006.

I have no detailed information about the date, location or people in the photos with the exception of the ones with my wife and her relatives. I believe these photos are of historical significance, and that is why I intend to post them. This is the first in the series.


Stern Priest
It would be unfair to characterize this priest with only a photo but he looks to me like someone you didn’t want to mess with

Beach Sunday

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The winter continues to be weird here in New Ipswich. It’s January 10th and it is raining, not snowing. Temperatures are comfortably above freezing. It’s not natural.

The photo theme for today is Beach Sunday. I’ve gone into the archives and picked a few analog photos that I took on the West Coast when I was in the Navy. In retrospect I wish I had taken notes about the exact dates and locations for these photos, I can only guess.

Click on any photo to open the Beach Album of photos.


California Girls by John Poltrack on
California Girls


La Jolla 1970 by John Poltrack on
La Jolla


Beach Stroll by John Poltrack on
A stroll along the Oregon Coastline


No Surf by John Poltrack on
No Surf


Driftwood by John Poltrack on
Pacific Northwest


Along the Pacific Coastline

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In the early 1970s I traveled up the Pacific Coastline from Imperial Beach in California to the Olympic Rain Forest in Washington State. It was an epic trip for me since I love the coast. This photo was probably taken somewhere in Oregon. In retrospect I wish I had taken notes about the photos. Unlike digital photography there are no time stamps or EXIF data.

I’m especially curious which lens I used to get this depth of field. I may have shot this at f/32.

I was dismayed to see that once again our beautiful coastline has been befouled by oil near the site of the historic spill in 1969 (Refugio State Beach). Plains All American subsidiary is responsible for the latest spill in California. It has been responsible for nearly $24 million in property damages in the last 10 years. For this they paid a paltry fine of $284,500 in enforcement actions.

I remember some of the effects of the Santa Barbara spill that occurred in 1969. In 1970-71 I was stationed 229 miles south of the spill at NAS Ream Field in Imperial Beach. I would walk the beach when I was off duty and would occasionally step on an oil blog, a tarry mess that needed to be removed with a solvent. This stuff doesn’t disappear.