Time In The Park

Posted: 21st July 2011 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Hi folks, thanks for popping by today, we really appreciate it.  After the mistakes I made in the last 24 hours in regards to the software review we posted here and the resulting huge increase in traffic, coupled with my hurried retraction and apology to everyone, I think it’s time to take a quick break and sit a spell in a wonderful park.

The Gorge Kinsman Park is situated right in Victoria city in BC on Vancouver Island, Canada.  It has a Japanese Garden to enjoy, as well it sits directly on the Gorge Waterway and has many opportunities to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature at it’s finest in Victoria.

Kinsman Park - Gorge - Victoria, BC, Canada

Kinsman Park - Gorge - Victoria, BC, Canada

This gorgeous wooden archway sits in the entrance to the Japanese Gardens in the park.  As we sit inside the gardens themselves, we can see the meandering pathway that leads to the arch and the rest of the park.  The warm tones of the beautiful wood entrance really compliment the rich greens and other colors present in the park in summer.

Kinsman Park - Gorge - Victoria, BC, Canada

Kinsman Park - Gorge - Victoria, BC, Canada

This building in the garden area of the park is what I believe to be a concession stand.   I loved the way the dark wood tones and the red roof really helped to create the overall sensation of visiting a true Japanese Garden.  Little waterfalls and creeks pepper the gardens, and the lovely sound of rushing water can be heard everywhere.

Kinsman Park - Gorge - Victoria, BC, Canada

Kinsman Park - Gorge - Victoria, BC, Canada

This picture is just for fun.  As I was leaving the park, I came across this gentle butterfly sitting on the leaves enjoying the day.  I had my favorite lens on, our 50mm prime, and therefore couldn’t zoom in or out.  With a prime lens you move the camera body itself closer or farther away from the subject.  I grabbed these 3 brackets for HDR processing quickly, and then tried to quietly and peacefully move in closer…  the butterfly wanted none of that and as soon as I took my first step after this shot, it bolted. This picture is most definitely not the prettiest or most compelling image of a butterfly, but it was fun and unique and I hoped you might enjoy it today.

We sure do appreciate your visit today, folks, thank you very much!  Please feel free to leave us some comments as we always love to hear from our visitors.




  1. avatar Jose Vazquez says:

    Looks like a beautiful park Toad…I absolutely love Japanese Gardens. Nicely captured. Don’t sweat your mistake…they happen. I think you handled it like a champ though.

  2. What a beautiful park. Your sensitivity shows in every image. You handled the events of the last 24 hours with honesty and grace. Time to move forward and do what makes you happy; find a bench and sit a spell and continue to document your world by making elegant photographs. Hugs.

    • Wow, Barbara, that is so kind of you I don’t even know how to begin to thank you… really appreciate your encouragement and support here, it truly means the world to us! Many hugs back to you, our dear friend.

  3. avatar Jim Denham says:

    Looks like a wonderful place to take a load off and just breath. Good stuff Toads!

  4. avatar Jim Nix says:

    it’s a beauty of a spot Toad, and as usual your processing enhances it! well done good sir!

  5. avatar Dave DiCello says:

    What a cool series here Toad, looks like a beautiful place for a walk!

  6. avatar Erin Duke says:

    That looks like a bit of heaven. I agree with Barbara, sit and relax awhile…I’m pretty sure you’ve earned it! 🙂

  7. avatar Heather says:

    Man I love me a good Japanese garden! Thank you for this Toads! Give each other a hug from me!

  8. avatar Fred Norris says:

    Looks like a perfect place for a Toad to rest a while in the shade on a hot summers day mate!

  9. avatar Tom Barnett says:

    A nice visual walk in the park. Very relaxing and it looks like a lovely place to go.

  10. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    Wonderful series of shots!
    I’d love to be hanging out there about now. 🙂
    Nice processing.

  11. avatar Cathy Ross says:

    What a gorgeous little park! I could spend some serious time there! 🙂 Great post as always Toad!

  12. That is pretty cool have some good memories from there nicely done Thanks

  13. avatar Mike says:

    A wonderful place to relax and do what you love. I especially like your second shot here Toad. There are so many levels to that shot and each of them is separated perfectly to form that 3rd dimension that is often lost in the camera. Well done!