There are as many variations of custom cars as there are enthusiasts who design and build them.  I think that’s one of the best parts about being a “car guy”, there’s always something out there to tickle your fancy no matter what your preference or taste is.  Now that summer is just a fleeting thought far behind us in our rear-view mirror, we can think of no better time than now to reflect upon the summer and look at pictures that remind us of warmer times.  In today’s post we are continuing our running photoblog series “Warmlands Show n Shine 2014” and we’re going to feature a stunning classic Model A Ford Hot Rod.

Classic Ford Hot Rod - Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Ford Hot Rod – Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As those who know me well will attest, I am a filing cabinet full of largely useless information when it comes to cars.  My mom used to say to me that the first words I ever uttered were “vrrrroooooooom!!” and I can honestly say at this point in my life I have never outgrown that.  I believe the whole thing is in my blood; my love for cars is something truly inherent in me that forms a part of who I am.  But when it comes to classics of this era, I am going to have to admit that I am less of an expert.  Even with that being said, I know what I like…  and I like this!

Classic Ford Hot Rod - Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Ford Hot Rod – Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

When it comes to custom hot rods like this classic truck, it’s far from unusual to find a Ford or Dodge with a Chevrolet drive-train.  I am pretty sure that’s what we are looking at here, a small block Chevy V8 that has been transplanted into this simply stunning Ford body.  Ford V8 engines have their distributors located at the front of the engine, and Chevrolet has theirs at the back.  In this shot we can see the plug wires routing by the firewall leading me to believe this is a Chevy power-plant.  Check out the chrome on this baby; I am not sure the mirror in our bathroom could provide a better reflection for shaving than the one we see here.  The entire engine-bay is so clean, you could eat right off it…  the prep work that goes into preparing a vehicle like this for a show would melt your mind.  No bolt or no piece of trim goes unpolished, and the results speak for themselves in all the spots we find the sun glinting off the surfaces.

Classic Ford Hot Rod - Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Ford Hot Rod – Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Check out the width of the tires on the back.  You’d really need a footprint that wide when trying to scurry down the road or track, anything that is narrower than this gauge would result in vociferous melting of the rubber as the truck tries it’s very best to find traction to get all that luscious V8 power hooked up and to the ground.  These are all terrific problems to have if you love cars.  There is no wrong answer here.

So as winter descends upon us all here on Vancouver Island, let’s look forward to next summer when these beasts find their ways out of the garages and warehouses they all call home to, and once again roam our streets free.

Thank you so much for visiting us here at The Hollow today.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.

Order Up!

Posted: 15th November 2014 by Mrs. Toad in Photography
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Succulent hamburgers, golden hand-cut fries, creamy dahl and sweet basmati rice, fragrant curries, fluffy pakoras, savoury samosas, and decadent chocolate cheesecake. You might think I’m describing a pricey, five-star restaurant that involves knowing the maître d’ just to get past the door, but the only similarity would be that the food does indeed deserve those five stars.

Vancouver Island Event Catering - Vancouver Island Catering - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Vancouver Island Event Catering – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Vancouver Island Event Catering is a gourmet kitchen on wheels that is home to Azam Khan, owner, chef, and current keeper of the family recipes that go back generations.

The family, originally from the remote mountain village of Charoona located in the region of Amazai in the North Western Frontier Province in Pakistan, grew their own plots and raised their own livestock to craft the very recipes that have customers lined up every weekday at his mobile eatery found just off the highway on the outskirts of Duncan, BC. Azam fondly recalls taking a trip to his native village as a child, travelling by air, car, bus, canoe, and finally donkey, to get to the 800 year old village where his father was born. Fortunately for the rest of us, no donkey is required to enjoy the deliciously unique flavours Azam has become famous for.

Vancouver Island Event Catering - Vancouver Island Catering - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Vancouver Island Event Catering – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

A staunch believer in the “100 Mile Diet”, all of the ingredients are locally sourced and prepared to order from scratch from the original recipes. Healthy and delicious, there is no need to feel guilty about eating this “fast-food”!

Planning a special event? Free yourself from the kitchen and let Azam and his dedicated staff take care of the cooking and cleaning so you can focus on what’s really important…having a great time! From picking up your order yourself, to a full service including D.J.’s, live bands and bar tending services, the reasonable prices and variety of menus will have your guests and your taste buds thanking you! Past happy clients include government officials, universities, businesses and celebrity concerts for singing icons k.d.lang and Gord Downey and the Tragically Hip, among many others. And if the party can’t get to Azam, he will happily bring the party to you. His one-of-a-kind creations have found their way all over Western Canada, the United States, and even as far away as France, England and Dubai.

Vancouver Island Event Catering - Vancouver Island Catering - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Vancouver Island Event Catering – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

With the Holiday season fast approaching, be the talk of the party scene courtesy of the unique and delicious flavours that only Azam can bring to your celebrations. After all, if it is true that a great eatery always has lots of cars parked outside, what must it say if the happy patrons can’t even make it back to their cars with their orders before taking the first bite?

Time to give Vancouver Island Catering a call and find out for yourself!

Check out the full menu and customer reviews at vieventcatering.com or give him a call at (250)-701-8593.

Celebrating 12 Years

Posted: 7th November 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Time is fleeting, this is no surprise.  What is a surprise, however, is how the years can fly by, accumulating memories and treasures all along the way.  It’s these very memories that form the fabric of the meaning of our lives, and in my case personally, it’s those memories that make me run home each and every night, excited to see the love of my life once again.  And with that, we form new memories.

An Ode To Love - Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

This picture was taken off the deck of one of our favorite places to visit in the Cowichan Valley, that is the Cow Cafe West Coast Grill.  Over the years of living in the valley, we’ve made good friends with Matt and Jenn Heyne who take just as much care in providing the wonderful dining services they provide as we do with our photography.  We’ve been many, many times, both on a commissioned basis to provide photography for their site, as well as personally just to enjoy the incredible food and ambiance that is distinctly the west coast.

My incredible wife, who we all colloquially know as the wonderful Mrs. Toad, is my pride and joy.  Some 13 odd years ago we first met and my life went from the meaningless and mundane to an existence of utter joy that I feel the need to share and express at every chance I get.  We tend to wander the island, flipper-in-flipper if you will, adventuring and exploring, and learning new things about this great place we call home, as well as new things about ourselves and each other.  This is an undying love, one that does come with strong, ironclad guarantees, for my life without her would be a life of suffering and loneliness.

So, as we take time to celebrate our 12th incredible wedding anniversary together, we find ourselves whisking away to the resort where we honeymooned at.  The days spent at the resort will be filled with all sorts of adventures, and I have no doubt we will be coming home with new stories, new memories to cherish forevermore.

As we wrap up this post today, we find ourselves hurriedly packing our bags and double-checking last minute details.  The sense of excitement has been building here for days now, and the time is nearly upon us to leave.  As we head back out to the very place we spent our honeymoon, I find it’s a good time to reflect back on the miles we’ve traveled together…  they seem fleeting, and yet the time has also passed by like a raft on the Cowichan River on a lazy summers day.  I believe these are experiences that can only be made with the one true person you love, your soul-mate if you will.

I sit here and pen this ode to my wife whom I love with all my heart and soul, and I am overwhelmed with appreciation and gratitude for all she’s given and shared with me all these years.  I cannot wait to see what the future brings, and to bear witness to the new memories we will make together.

I love you, Mrs. Toad.

The Meandering River

Posted: 29th October 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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There is no better way to whittle away some time than to visit and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Vancouver Island in BC.  Trees seem to reach for the skies, the rivers run fast and hard, and the rugged landscapes that the west coast of Canada is famous for are found here.

The Cowichan River - A Serene River Scene - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Cowichan River – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

In light of how busy we’ve found ourselves recently providing professional services for our clients, it made sense for us to take pause and get back to the roots of Toad Hollow Photography, even if just for a brief moment.  We were asked at a client consultation when was the last time we worked for ourselves, just for fun?  This does happen quite a bit for Mrs. Toad and I, we try to make a point of getting out on missions of discovery whenever we can.  With our schedules being what they are, it’s been a bit more difficult for us to find time to share these experiences with you on our blog.

So, let’s take a moment today.

As most of you who follow us regularly know, we love the island and we really do try to get involved as much as we can in local efforts to preserve what we’ve got going on here.  After having lived here since 1980, you’d think we’d run out of things to explore…  and I’m here to tell you this just isn’t possible.

A few weeks back we decided to take an afternoon just for ourselves, and to head out to Lake Cowichan, my old stomping grounds and haunts that we used to frequent as teenagers.  At the back of our mind was to capture shots we could share with the various environmental groups we work with.  At the front of our minds was the pure experience itself.

The Cowichan River feeds from Lake Cowichan, a huge lake located on Vancouver Island.  It’s an important river with a heritage designation, one that supplies food, entertainment and water for much of the Cowichan Valley directly and indirectly.  As Mrs. Toad and I stood on a footbridge overlooking the serene river, it struck us how peaceful the setting was.  The river meanders, seemingly forever, and dotted all along it’s shores you will find homes and docks.  In the summer the river is filled with enthusiastic rafters and people floating, taking in the delightful temperatures and landscapes of the island.  In the winter, it turns into a peaceful place, a place you can come and commune with nature and spend a few private and intimate moments with someone who means the world to you, or just yourself.

Thanks for popping by The Hollow today and sharing a moment with us, we really appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.

Silent For 100 Years

Posted: 27th October 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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It’s been nearly 100 years since last these guns unleashed a barrage of heavy artillery towards our own 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles in the European war theater of WWI.  In 1917/1918 these German Field Guns grew silent as the Canadian forces overwhelmed the German infantry and took possession of them.  Today they stand proud in Esquimalt’s Memorial Park as war trophies, reminders of the horror that is war, and the tools the armies used to try to annihilate each other.  Completely refurbished over the course of the early months of 2014, they have recently been re-installed at the Memorial Park.  The spirits of those who fought for and against these formidable weapons are almost tangible, and these links to our history, be it good or bad, are important for both current and future generations.  After all, the horrors of World Wars are something not to be forgotten and the lessons we should take away are those of peace, understanding and acceptance of everyone, no matter where they came from or the history that preceded them.

German Field Guns - German 77mm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art Field Gun, Reg. #595 - Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada

German 77mm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art Field Gun, Reg. #595 – Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada –

For those who follow us regularly, you all know of our deep love for the history and heritage found here on Vancouver Island.  Many of our citizens from the island participated in all the major conflicts in the world, and WWI is certainly no exception.  Therefore it comes as no surprise that artifacts and items like these artillery guns are personally important and meaningful to our veterans and their families.  For those, like us, who have no direct family members affected by WWI, they stand as artifacts that when observed and touched in person create links to a global history of incredible significance.

German Field Guns - German 77mm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art Field Gun, Reg. #595 - Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada

German 77mm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art Field Gun, Reg. #595 – Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada –

German Field Guns - German 77mm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art Field Gun, Reg. #595 - Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada

German 77mm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art Field Gun, Reg. #595 – Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada –

German Field Guns - German 77mm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art Field Gun, Reg. #595 - Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada

German 77mm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art Field Gun, Reg. #595 – Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada –

You can just imagine my surprise and delight when I learned the refurbished guns were going to be exhibited by the ocean several days before they were to be re-installed at the park.  Our good friend, a local military historian, invited me to attend the exhibit and shoot it, and I can honestly say this was one of my key photography highlights for this year.  Opportunities like this are few and far between. The German 77mm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art Field Gun was widely used in this conflict by the German Imperial Army, with 5086 of these weapons commissioned and engaged during the war.  It was considered to be a workhorse and was used in all fronts and all battles.  This gun was captured at the second battle of Cambai on September 29th, 1918.

German Field Guns - German 77mm Nahkampfkanone L/27, Reg. #9739 - Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada

German 77mm Nahkampfkanone L/27, Reg. #9739 – Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada –

This gun, the 77mm Nahkampfkanone L/27, was captured by the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles at Vimy Ridge on April 9th, 1917.  Combined as a set, both these guns together form two of three First World War German Field Guns in the province of BC today.  Close scrutiny reveals pock marks and signs of active fire against the guns, all of which serves to bring us closer to the story in the realization that real men stood on those fields during WWI, in the face of great personal danger to themselves.  As we all know, many of them never returned home.

German Field Guns - German Military Reenactors - Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada

German Military Reenactors – Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada –

German Field Guns - German Military Reenactors - Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada

German Military Reenactors – Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada –

German Field Guns - German Military Reenactors - Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada

German Military Reenactors – Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada –

On the day I visited to photograph the guns, two very authentic looking reenactors from The Victoria Esquimalt Military Reenactors Association (VEMRA) were dressed in full uniform at the site to add a great layer and dimension to the pictures.  I believe I even heard them speaking in German as they setup to provide striking poses for the photographs, making me look around nervously just in case an invasion was indeed imminent.  No invasion came, I am happy to report.  The only real shooting that happened on this day was with my trusty Canon 6D. To see the entire catalog of 22 images captured at this exhibit, please visit our gallery “German 77mm Field Guns“, or click here to see them in a full-screen slideshow.  Further information on the guns and their storied history can be found at two Victoria News articles: “Rare First World War trophies in Esquimalt echo Canada’s military past” and “Esquimalt’s big guns coming out party“.

Qualicum Beach Museum

Posted: 21st October 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Of all the places we frequent, Qualicum Beach and Parksville remain some of our very favorites with stunning landscapes, seascapes, heritage and sights and sounds to take in and enjoy.  Each season reveals a very unique tapestry, with the summer season being bright, warm and active with countless visitors making their way here for vacations and getaways.  The winters are more quiet, leaving the visitor with the sense that you have the entire place to explore, all to yourself.  Treasures are found everywhere, and the deeper you dig into the foundation of this fabulous community, the more wonders are revealed.  In today’s post we are featuring a selection of photographs of the Qualicum Beach Museum, a place that tells a story that is simply amazing to explore.

Qualicum Beach Museum - Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach Museum – Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

What today is a mecca for locals and visitors alike, Qualicum Beach was once a playground for the rich and famous.  In future posts we will be sharing shots of the Crown Mansion Boutique Hotel & Villas and share a bit of the history behind it.  These stories all intermingle as the community was being founded, resulting in a true destination that has something for everyone.

Qualicum Beach Museum - Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach Museum – Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

One of the buildings on the premises was actually once the original power house for the community.  Today it’s a wonderful old brick building, literally beaming with history and heritage.  Inside the museum, all sorts of mysteries and stories are shared, many of which are a surprise to even people like us who have lived on the island for years and years.

Qualicum Beach Museum - Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach Museum – Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Qualicum Beach Museum - Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach Museum – Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

On the day we took these photographs, the museum was closed.  We have since returned and visited when it was open, and we have to say it was a terrific experience.  Displays covering paleontology, local history and folklore, and video presentations are all exhibited, providing a detailed look into how the area came to be.  Many of these features leave you wanting to see and learn more.

Qualicum Beach Museum - Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach Museum – Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The doors and entrances into the facility have murals painted on them.  These colorful representations give you a glimpse into what the area and life was like back then.  Even though 100 years or so has passed since these sights were commonplace, you find reflections of the period everywhere.

Qualicum Beach Museum - Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach Museum – Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Perhaps one day we’ll have a chance to shoot some of the artifacts on display in the museum as this is something we strive to do with all the community museums on Vancouver Island, where possible.  We would really enjoy that.  In the meantime, we really encourage everyone to come and visit in person, learn about the Qualicum Beach/Parksville area, and take in a myriad of adventures that are so quintessentially Vancouver Island.

Thank you so much for visiting us here today at The Hollow!  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have!

Some items we have a chance to photograph have a life of their own.  The stories of those who once owned them are forever imprinted in their fabric, and if you listen closely you can learn a little of the person and the times they came from.  In today’s post we are continuing a new photoblog series recently started we call “The Cowichan Valley Museum” where we are hoping to share some photos of exhibits on display at the museum, and discuss what is known of their history.

Antique Baby Carriage & Doll - Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Antique Baby Carriage & Doll – Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

We don’t know her name, or much about her history, but it’s safe to say that this delicate face resting in one of the most amazing antique baby carriages I have ever seen instantly spoke to my heart.  Kathryn Gagnon, the Curator/Manager at the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives, shared some wonderful details of the carriage and doll, and this helped to paint a scattered mosaic in my mind’s eye that left more questions unanswered than answered.  This turned the session into a time of discovery for me, one that left me yearning to learn more, and to surmise and seek beyond the evident through the lens.

Antique Baby Carriage & Doll - Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Antique Baby Carriage & Doll – Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

We understand that this antique baby carriage and doll were acquired by the McPherson family on Vancouver Island sometime around 1889-1890.  I believe this may be the same family that introduced such great facilities to Victoria as the McPherson Playhouse and the McPherson Library at the University of Victoria, but at the time of this writing I am unable to verify that with certainty.  Regardless of its history, the carriage is a delightful piece in wonderful condition considering its advanced age.

Antique Baby Carriage & Doll - Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Antique Baby Carriage & Doll – Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Antique Baby Carriage & Doll - Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Antique Baby Carriage & Doll – Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

I’ve seen toys 6 months old that aren’t in as good condition as this carriage and doll.  When you consider that this is around 125 years old now, you really begin to appreciate the care that went into the design and manufacture of it, as well as the loving care the little girl who once played with it took to ensure it lasted.

Museums are a great way to feed the inquisitive nature of those who seek to learn about the past.  In many cases it’s what we don’t know that fills the experience with wonder, leaving us to explore beyond the artifact and the man-made walls of the museum in an effort to learn more about those who came before us, and the indelible imprint they have left behind on our communities.  We hope to return regularly to the “The Cowichan Valley Museum” to continue to learn about our local history, and to bring you more photographs and stories of items and artifacts that meant so much to those who once owned them.

Thank you for your kind visit to The Hollow today, we truly appreciate it.  We hope you’ve enjoyed this story, and we encourage you to leave us any comments you may have below as we love to hear from all our visitors.

Docks At Twilight

Posted: 23rd September 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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The throngs of tourists that crowded the roads and sidewalks just a few short weeks ago are starting to abate, and the Cowichan Valley once again settles into a peaceful time where it becomes a playground to the locals.  The days are getting shorter and the shadows longer, yet the pleasant temperatures of late summer remain for a few more weeks.  Soon the leaves will fully change color, and right behind that the frosts of winter will once again make their icy appearance on the landscape, dusting it delicately in a frigid coating.

“Docks At Twilight” – Limited Edition: 10 Prints –

Sometimes when you are out shooting in the field, you just know when you’ve captured something special.  The truth comes to life in the digital darkroom when post-processing reveals the finished piece.  This was definitely one of those times.

Mrs. Toad and I are frequently found in the bay-side burg of Cowichan Bay, wandering the walkways, taking in the quaint little shops and enjoying the marine beauty that is so splendiferous and bountiful.  From food, to art, to just a quiet moment, it’s all here in Cowichan Bay.  Shielded by land and mountains from the open ocean, the bay is frequently calm and serene, and even in times when there is a significant wind we don’t usually see large waves forming.  This makes it a natural destination here on the island.

If you look closely at our photograph posted here today, you can see the docks that lead out into the estuary and the bay, and on those docks we see a family taking in the last fleeting moments of the season.  We are thrilled to add this piece to our “Limited Edition Prints” catalog, and we hope you enjoy this small slice of life from Vancouver Island.

Thank you so much for your kind visit to The Hollow, we truly appreciate it.  Please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below as we love to hear from all our visitors.

It’s a malady as old as the ages themselves.  It’s a condition that many artists face, and while some master it, others spend lifetimes chasing it only to perish just short of the true goal.  So please bear with me today as I wax poetic on this topic, one that is just as much a part of me personally as it is part of a larger challenge that all artists face.  Such is the life of an artist, a photographer… one that is as vexing as it is fulfilling.

Sailing Ship - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Sailing Ship – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Just the other day as I was out photographing a feature we will be sharing here with you shortly, one that we’re very excited about, I came across this scene on the shores of the ocean here in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island in Canada.  I love sailing ships, and the old historic tall ships in particular.  There is an inherent romance in the way they traverse the oceans, bobbing and weaving across mile upon mile of solitude, with only a heading and some faith to fill their sails.  They are in an endless chase, always looking forward to the arrival, but reveling in the journey itself.

I saw the scene captured here as a metaphor for this condition.  It seems that this particular ship is always just a few feet away from that ultimate goal; the one where the perfect light comes together with the perfect subject to cast a scene that is almost magical to behold to those who seek it.  I find that as we go through the process of growing our practice here, these experiences are becoming more and more frequent.  I love the challenge of constantly learning, constantly trying to better my craft by finding new techniques, or new ways of doing things.  For me, I love this, and I truly hope that this experience continues until I am no longer active in the field, for it is the journey that’s important not the end goal.  This is all much like our common vernacular that states “it’s always in the last place you look”; this one may be self-evident inasmuch as once you find that which you seek, you no longer look for it.  In this way, the entire process almost becomes a never-ending adventure.  Just the way I like it…

Thanks for joining us today on this metaphorical quest.  We truly appreciate all our visitors and we encourage you to leave us any comments or thoughts you may have below.


Every year the terrific folks at the Maple Bay Marina, just around the corner from where we live, host a widely acclaimed event called “The Wooden Boat Festival”.  For those who love everything nautical, this is a must-see event, one that finds crowds of folks coming from points all over the world to take in the big weekend.  In today’s post we continue our running photoblog feature of this years event in our series “The Hollow’s Backyard“.  Let’s check out a couple of the absolutely terrific Chris-Craft wooden boats that were on display.

Classic Chris-Craft Wooden Boat - Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Chris-Craft Wooden Boat – Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

In the world of boating, the name Chris-Craft is synonymous with quality built wood boats.  Chris Smith, whom the company is named after, built his first wooden boat in 1874, and by 1924 the official company name was changed to Chris-Craft as we know it today.

Classic Chris-Craft Wooden Boat - Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Chris-Craft Wooden Boat – Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The day was slightly overcast at times and the waters were fairly still in the marina.  This really made for great photography opportunities as we walked the docks and took in all the activities that were going on.  In the distance you could hear live music being played and everywhere you looked you found folks chatting with each other, sharing their passion for these great classic boats.

Classic Chris-Craft Wooden Boat - Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Chris-Craft Wooden Boat – Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Classic Chris-Craft Wooden Boat - Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Chris-Craft Wooden Boat – Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Given the tight quarters to work in, shooting handheld is really our only option at these events, there are just so many people and boats in the marina over the weekend.  I love it when we get home and check out the shots being downloaded off the camera to try to find the real gems in the collection.  For The Wooden Boat Festival, the best shots frequently do feature Chris-Craft boats largely due to the natural beauty of their incredible woodwork.

If you happen to find yourself on Vancouver Island in time for next year’s event, we highly encourage you to come and see it in person!  It’s just one of those things that is a way better experience when had personally, and if you are into photography like we are here, you’ll fill up your memory cards in no time flat.

Many thanks for visiting us here at The Hollow today, we really appreciate it!  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below!