Holy Trinity Church

Posted: 24th May 2011 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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There is definitely no lack of excitement around these parts lately!  We just got back from a long weekend here in Canada, and we had a great one to say the least.  On Sunday we spent the day with one of our dear friends who also happens to be a well-known international artist, Bernadette McCormack.  We shared a tent with her at the Maple Bay Marina Wooden Boat Festival, and we had a great time!  We also managed to capture a huge series of photos that we are still actively processing of the event; hope to have those ready for you soon!

Anyways, in keeping with the notion that “no grass grows under our flippers!” we are working hard on other exciting initiatives as well.  One of our latest opportunities comes from a large national association that has contacted us directly and asked us to submit some of our work for consideration for inclusion in a huge printing of calendars!  This is exactly the sort of thing we love, and we have been working as hard as we can to try to be considered for such a wonderful honor!

So for today, we bring you a brand new shoot we did over the weekend of the Holy Trinity Church, located on the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island, BC.

Holy Trinity Church - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Holy Trinity Church - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Our last posting on this church provided the following information on the facility:

Holy Trinity Anglican Church is seated on the Saanich Inlet of Vancouver Island. This quaint old church is full of local history and overlooks the Patricia Bay and Salish Sea. It was consecrated in 1885 and is the oldest church in North Saanich, and is thought to be one of the oldest churches in BC. It is a pioneer church that is still active and is often used for weddings, christenings and funerals. The wood material used in the construction of the church was rafted down from Genoa Bay in 1884. Most of the construction work was done by local volunteers.

Holy Trinity Church - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Holy Trinity Church - Vancouver Island BC Canada

This wonderful old heritage church creates a commanding presence on the peninsula, with its wonderful towering spire.  Heritage styling cues are visible at every angle, producing a really wonderful old feeling.  Life in the 1800’s on Vancouver Island was not easy, by any standards, and this church must have really helped to create a strong sense of community.

Holy Trinity Church - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Holy Trinity Church - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Surrounded by an old grove of trees, this gorgeous church peers out through the foliage.  The beautiful picket fence here really adds a great element, a feeling of a time now past.

Holy Trinity Church - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Holy Trinity Church - Vancouver Island BC Canada

This door creates a warm and inviting portal to the wonders inside.  I just love the textures and colors of the wood work here, especially the door itself.  With the iron hinges and handle, the entrance-way of this gorgeous church really creates a unique and special sight to behold.  The church was not open on the day we visited, so we were unable to get inside for any interior shots.  We continue to try to work on gaining access; the inside of this church must hold beautiful and wonderful treasures that are begging to be photographed!

Holy Trinity Church - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Holy Trinity Church - Vancouver Island BC Canada

With the Pacific Ocean in the background, the setting for this church is both just incredibly beautiful and absolutely idyllic.  The signpost at the front of the church is full of history and wonderful textures, and this is definitely one of my personal favorite shots from the shoot.

Holy Trinity Church - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Holy Trinity Church - Vancouver Island BC Canada

Without any doubt, this is my favorite shot from the day; I don’t even really know why!  I just love the framing of the gateway and the surrounding picket fence.  This scene is just so inviting; I can just imagine the ladies of the 1800’s in their fancy Sunday dresses and parasols sitting here under the gateway on a lovely Sunday morning.  The light was just perfect for this shot, the shadows dance softly on the pathway and the side of the church there, really adding a wonderful element to the overall scene.

Well, we’ve done our very best for this opportunity, now it’s up to the good folks at the association to pick the successful candidates!!  If we are selected, we will most definitely share some details at that time with everyone.  In the meantime, please send us your good wishes, we really appreciate the support!

Thanks so much for your visit today, it means a lot to us.  Please feel free to leave us any comments you may have, we truly love to heard from our visitors!!




  1. Oh Toad, I wish you the very best of luck with this calendar opportunity. I know that your little Toad tummy has the jitters, but I know that you can stay cool and collected. The gateway shot is my favorite; perhaps it’s the benches that make it so inviting. Hang in there and keep us posted!

    • Good Lord, my dear friend, we really do appreciate your kindness, friendship & support! Your encouragement means the world to us here, Barbara! I got word that the submissions are formally happening on Friday, so we’ll definitely let everyone know how it goes! It’s a great opportunity and we are thrilled to even have the chance here. Thanks so much for your visit today, my friend, it means the world to us!

  2. Beautiful shots. I like the 2nd one the best. Something about the vertical height of the church really draws me in.

  3. Great set of shots, Toad!

  4. avatar Jim Denham says:

    The doors and the gateway are truly amazing! Well captured Toads!

  5. avatar Heather says:

    Toad, like you, I favor the last one 🙂 all of it is really good though!

  6. avatar Chris Wray says:

    Lovely set of photos, Toad! I’m delighted about your calendar opportunity. Your up-beat blog is always uplifting. Wishing you continued success!

  7. avatar Tom Barnett says:

    Best of luck. What a great set of images. And a great blog!

  8. avatar Cathy Ross says:

    Fingers crossed for the calendar opportunity…no one is more deserving than you Toad! Awesome series by the way!

  9. avatar Chris Nitz says:

    Beautiful church and the Nitz clan is rooting for you two!

  10. avatar Kristi Hines says:

    The last image is very welcoming, and what more could you want from a church!

  11. avatar Jason Hines says:

    I love the perspective on the second shot Toad!

  12. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Oh wow awesome man! Love how everything even the fences seem to fit just right. very natural – made by hand – sorta look to this place you don’t see often enough anymore.

  13. avatar Jim Nix says:

    nice work Toad, great blue skies too! trying to catch up, on the road this week!