The Toad Gets Tanked

Posted: 30th March 2011 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Now, I’ll be the first one to admit here today that I am not sure these are actually tankers.  But, the title of the blog post was just so good I had to pretend at least….

Coastal Shipping - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Coastal Shipping - Vancouver Island BC Canada

This is a special shot I’ve been looking forward to for some time.  I’ve always really wanted to capture people sitting looking out to sea, and when we encountered this scene on our travels the other weekend I got pretty excited to finally get a chance.  The sight of large shipping vehicles in our inlets is not an uncommon scene, really, but on this day it was the volume of boats more than anything that produced interest for the landscape in front of us.

Coastal Shipping - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Coastal Shipping - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Coastal Shipping - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Coastal Shipping - Vancouver Island BC Canada

It can be difficult to get a good sense of scale with this area, so we took a couple of shots here to share with everyone.  The inlets around Vancouver Island are many, and are jagged.  This does not preclude their use from shipping companies at all.  As we’re standing on a beach overlooking this scene, you can see the main mountain range of Vancouver Island in the distance behind the boats.  In the far distance, you can see smoke coming from Crofton, a very very small logging community with a small but active paper processing plant.

Coastal Shipping - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Coastal Shipping - Vancouver Island BC Canada

The mountains are still snow-covered at the peaks, and this scene really emits the feeling of cold that was evident during our visit.  It’s still winter here in Canada, albeit quickly disappearing with hopeful signs of spring around us.  It’s been a long winter here, and everyone is looking forward to summer, for sure.

Coastal Shipping - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Coastal Shipping - Vancouver Island BC Canada

I really like this image as the ship becomes a small element in a much more interesting scene, in my opinion.  The log in the water and the shoreline on the left of the frame create a compelling curtain for the scene behind them, leading your eye naturally through the image.  The mountains in the distance are clearly snow-capped and the ship becomes a singular element of interest here.  This is a fairly typical scene to encounter during the last vestiges of winter on Vancouver Island.

We sure do hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog and images!  Please do feel free to leave us a comment as we love to hear from our visitors.




  1. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Ahh, man! I was expecting The Toad face down on a pub table with a beer in his hand!

    Glad you got the shot you were looking for. It’s always a nice feeling of accomplishment when it turns out the way you want. Grats!!

    • LOL Thanks Aaron! The shot with me being face down at a bar somewhere is on our other blog “The Drunken Toad”. Just kidding… Yeh, I was really happy to get this shot and am pretty thrilled with how it turned out. Thanks so much for popping by today and leaving these wonderful comments my friend!

  2. avatar Viveca Koh says:

    Yes, it still looks very chilly there, but it’s good to know that Spring is on the way. That sliver of the red tanker looks terrific against the blue – hot versus cold….

  3. avatar Cathy Ross says:

    Hi Toad…we posted freighters on the same day!! 🙂 Love your series!! Cathy

  4. avatar Fred Norris says:

    Love your first image with the people on the bench taking in the scene! Great series of shots Toad ,looking forward to more….

  5. avatar Jerry Denham says:

    Great shots, Toad. Love the way you show scale and the cloud formations. Your area is just beautiful with the mountain landscape

    • Thanks Jerry, we sure do feel blessed with our surroundings, that’s for sure. Plenty of really different photography opportunities, eh? 🙂 Thanks so much for dropping by today, we sure do appreciate that!!

  6. +1 on wanting to see the Toad-at-the-pub shot, but this is good, too! I love your PNW shots; it’s a completely different world from down here.

  7. avatar Steve Beal says:

    Tank it up Toad! Beautiful pix, what a scenic landscape!

    • Thanks Steve, we sure do appreciate your kindness & support my friend! Hop on up here, we’ll head down to a local brew-pub and put a few away together one day, my friend! You’re always welcome.

  8. avatar Chris Nitz says:

    Beautiful photos Toad! That backdrop is just gorgeous, and the tanker sticks out so nicely with the red. Great shots!

  9. avatar mindymilburn says:

    Beautifully done. I love the different perspectives that you gave us and the colors are gorgeous!

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