Almost all the photos I take of beaches and ocean scenes are of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
There is a little story about.....
the naming of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
So the history books say it is named after the Greek pilot and seaman Juan de Fuca (whose real name was Apostolos Valerianos of Cephalonia). That is true.
There is no official record of the voyage in 1592 that Apostolos or Juan de Fuca took. It is said that the Viceroy of Mexico sent the old seaman on a mission to find the northwest passage. But no record of it was kept.
In around 1596 an Englishman, a trader, met an old fellow in Venice that told him such a story, a tale of how he found this wonderful land and the straits. So the Englishman published this information in 1625 as all good Englishmen do.
In 1787 Captain Barkley of the Imperial Eagle (what a great name for a ship, love that) came to the area and named the strait for Juan de Fuca as all of his info seemed to be perfect. I guess the name Strait of Apostolos does not sound so good. But Captain Barkley believed the information that the old seaman had given the English writer was all in good standing, so I believe he did sail up here and discover this paradise.
Sadly in his own time old Apostolos was scoffed at, neglected, misunderstood and all his info was doubted or ignored. He never knew that forever more we would be saying his name and placing him on all our maps. This is so often the way, that in your own time you are worthless until some time farther on someone discovers you were right all along.
On April 30th, 1792, it was a lovely warm spring day here and Captain Vancouver sailed with two ships, Discovery and Chatham to this wonderful paradise and that is why we now have Southern Vancouver Island bordering the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
(this info may or may not be as correct as everyone likes it to be but that is the way it is in my mind.)
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Some recent photos for the birders!
Eagle on her nest!
Nature Notes Tuesday
Our World Tuesday
Wild Bird Wednesday
ABC Wednesday At the letter "J" for Juan de Fuca
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