We’ve talked about the incredible natural beauty that is found at Qualicum Beach many times before, and as fall slowly gives way to winter and the crowds fade the town takes on a personal and intimate feel.  You can stroll the sidewalks and beaches in relative privacy, taking in all the best the area has to offer.  Scenery, outdoor activities, food and wildlife are all found here, making this much more than a simple destination, it’s an adventure that awaits you.

Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The air turns brisk and the skies begin to turn grey after summer slowly ebbs, and wandering the shores here reveals vignettes of ocean living that are unique and truly special.  This photograph of a blue boat tied to shore has become one of our favorites since we captured it.  The weathering speaks to the nature of the ocean on the coast here, adding personality and character.  Each piece of driftwood is different, having lived a life bobbing on the ocean before finally coming to rest on the shores.

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Ah yes, the follies of youth they say.  Some things follow us our entire lives, and in some cases we aren’t quite sure even why.  We now continue our running photoblog series called the “Motor Gathering“, and in today’s post we check out a model of car that has been in my mind and imagination all these years.  Behold the beauty of the Ferrari 308 GTS, a car made famous on the American TV show Magnum, P.I.

Fast Red Ferrari 308 GTS - Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Fast Red Ferrari 308 GTS – Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

I grew up watching Magnum, P.I., never missed an episode.  Recently I was lucky enough to get a chance to watch the entire series from beginning to end, and even though the years have gone by and some scenes were a tad bit cheesy, it still totally satisfied my craving for watching fast cars and helicopters chasing bad guys.  The backdrop of Hawaii didn’t hurt either, the scenery they captured during the filming of the show was beyond amazing, and it always left you feeling as if you’ve just had a brief vacation.

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It’s all in a name, they say, and in this case Four Acres of Rust says it all.  Our photography adventures find us exploring all sorts of wonderful spots here on Vancouver Island, and in doing so we meet the most incredible people.  In today’s post we are going to feature one of our favorite treasure troves here on the island for all things rusty, antique, and just downright beautiful.  Welcome to Four Acres of Rust!

Four Acres of Rust - Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Four Acres of Rust – Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

For those of you who follow us regularly, you already know of the incredible adventures we had this past summer going all over Vancouver Island looking for rusty cars and antiques for a very special client of ours who is a private collector of our art.  We traveled over 1,500 kms in the span of a few short weeks and saw all sorts of incredible things, and met a ton of great people.

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Fisgard Lighthouse is a special place on the southern end of Vancouver Island, and is a place we like to visit as often as we can during the course of a year.  Its personality changes with the seasons and the weather, and the angles from which you can view it create fresh and distinct compositions.  For those who are new to our blog, please feel free to check out all the posts we’ve done on Fisgard Lighthouse to see all the photos and to read about it’s incredible history and meaning to the community.

Fisgard Lighthouse - Colwood, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Fisgard Lighthouse – Colwood, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Fisgard Lighthouse sits in the heart of the Fisgard Lighthouse Historical Site and is accessible via Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites.  Built in 1860, before Vancouver Island was even an official part of Canada, this immaculately maintained lighthouse is located near the Esquimalt Harbor and has been an active safety beacon ever since.  It is also a lovely piece of historic architecture that creates an outstanding landmark in the area, easily recognizable from many different vantage points.

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Stranded Offshore

Posted: 28th October 2016 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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The world is a strange place, and it seems to be getting stranger by the day at times.  Things we never would have even considered a decade or two ago are coming true today.  Some of these things feel as if they are scripts for a TV show or a movie, yet when you take a close and sobering look at them, they are true.  This is the story of container ships stranded offshore here on Vancouver Island, and how difficult it is to imagine the circumstances that brought these events together.

Container Ships - Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Container Ships – Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

We’ve been working on so many different exciting projects lately, it’s an amazing time here at The Hollow.  One of these projects found us just offshore from the city of Victoria recently in a boat working on a photography project for a client.  During this excursion we couldn’t help but notice a handful of container ships that were nearby, and although ships of this sort aren’t completely out of the ordinary around these parts, there was something different about this scene.  Something we couldn’t put our finger on until a few days later when a newspaper article made everything clear.

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As we continue our long-running photography project dubbed “The Anglican Church Project” here on Vancouver Island, we find ourselves visiting parishes all over the island and the surrounding Gulf Islands photographing the buildings and their surroundings.  Each church is unique and does a wonderful job of representing the local community they serve.  Each one exhibits features and details that are absolutely indicative of the parishioners and the history of the parish, and each one is a pure joy to visit and work with for us personally.  In today’s post we are going to feature Holy Trinity Anglican Church located in the North Saanich region of the island.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church - North Saanich, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Holy Trinity Anglican Church – North Saanich, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Holy Trinity Anglican Church - North Saanich, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Holy Trinity Anglican Church – North Saanich, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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We’ve all heard about the Seven Wonders of the World, a list of places and things that are true marvels in every sense of the word.  Sometimes a wonder can actually be right in your own backyard, no matter if it lives on a list somewhere or not.  We have one such wonder of our very own called Maple Bay.

Maple Bay - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Maple Bay – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The entire west coast of Canada is full of great features that are totally unique to the region.  Here we find blue ocean waters, mountains, beaches, lush rain-forests, even great skiing in the winter.  In some places several of these elements converge, as is the case with Maple Bay.

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We’d like to introduce you to the newest member of the Toad Hollow Photography team today, “Bruce”.  Who’s Bruce, you may very well ask?  Bruce is a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone we recently acquired, giving us the ability to capture shots from a fresh, new perspective!  None of this would be possible without a special thank-you to one of our best friends Rich who has lent/sold us Bruce with the hopes we’d be able to put him in the sky to create images that just wouldn’t be possible otherwise.  Thanks so much, Rich!

Vancouver Island University (VIU) - Duncan, Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver Island University (VIU) – Duncan, Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver Island University (VIU) - Duncan, Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver Island University (VIU) – Duncan, Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

I’ve been a fan of remote control things for many years now.  A few years back, Mrs. Toad bought me a pair of toy remote control helicopters that I used indoors…  with less than stellar results.  One ruined TV later, we came to the conclusion that those toys were meant for outdoor use only.  But, during this time I also realized that this would be a great platform for photography, allowing us to reach new heights and show-off our area and some of it’s features in a whole new way.

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I really just can’t help it, I find rust to be visually delicious.  It’s got texture, it’s got character, it’s got years of stories hidden under that rich patina, stories that often remain secret and locked away forever.  When researching our trips up to Telegraph Cove at the northern end of Vancouver Island, it was with much delight that we realized that this gem was sitting right on the boardwalk, in the perfect setting.  It literally beckoned us.

Rusty Truck - Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Rusty Truck – Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Rusty Truck - Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Rusty Truck – Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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1916 Franklin Motorcar

Posted: 4th October 2016 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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It’s not often at all that we come across a car that I’ve never heard of or seen before.  Every once in awhile, however, it does happen.  Such is the case with our encounter of a 1916 Franklin car we found one hot summers day as we were out enjoying the weather and landscapes of Vancouver Island.  You can well imagine my surprise as we were heading back to our car, and in the parking lot in the distance I noticed a front-end of a car that was completely foreign to me.  At first, I thought perhaps it was European, a Renault or a Peugeot or something along those lines.  Little did I know that this was the beginning of a new friendship and experiences with a car that I can honestly say I’ve never heard of in my life.

1916 Franklin - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1916 Franklin – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1916 Franklin - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1916 Franklin – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1916 Franklin - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1916 Franklin – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

As it turns out, the Franklin Automobile Company was a very important anchor in the history of automobile design and manufacturing in the United States as this new-fangled form of transportation was beginning to emerge.  During the early 1900’s, several car companies came to life, each espousing their particular virtues, and each exhibiting a personality and character that was really unique to the company and brand.  The Franklin was no different.

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