Over the course of two blissful weeks, I wandered around the island's enchanted vistas, met with other artists, and even had a snake slither onto my canvas while I painted.
I also discovered the Rain Shadow.
The southeastern part of Vancouver Island sees relatively little rain compared to the rest because of the natural weather barrier created by Olympic Mountain. I certainly noticed it, and the term felt right for this trip as no matter where I painted, from Victoria to Tofino, I had absolutely no rain. I'm pretty certain the mountain didn't move, but it felt like its shelter followed me wherever I went.