Just down the road from where we live sits this wonderful little bay. Genoa Bay is only accessible via one road, and it’s a twisty, tiny, narrow road that is not often traveled. Genoa Bay sits in the Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Surrounded by both incredible ocean scenery as well as gorgeous mountains, this marina is truly a peaceful place nestled into a small and hidden bay.
Mrs. Toad and myself made a journey out to the marina the other weekend, and it was a sunny and beautiful day. A perfect day for photographing nautical things. We had been by the marina previously, and I had scouted out the scene we’re going to share with everyone today, but the light was awful and it was raining to beat the band, so I just tucked the image away in my head until we had time and weather to do it up proper.
Living on the West Coast of Canada, we see a lot of wooden things; homes, boats, art, you name it, we make it in wood. It really adds so much character to the area, and the rich tones of nicely done woodworking really add a dash of warmth to a scene. This classic wooden boat is a masterpiece, and the paint colors help to create a colorful and inviting scene to take in. It is parked up against what we believe to be a houseboat. During the warm months, I cannot imagine a better lifestyle to be enjoyed.
Should we go for a ride in the boat? Should we sit on our Adirondack chairs on our deck; made of wood, of course? These are some of the tough choices folks who live here must be faced with on a daily basis. I can’t imagine having to make such decisions. In this profile shot, we can really take in some of the incredible details evident in the boat and the floating home to which its attached. It’s the small imperfections, all created by the handiwork of a master carpenter, that really bring home the character of this scene for us to enjoy. I even love the little wooden white and green skiff tied up alongside it’s larger companion.
In this shot taken from the dock across from the previous images, we take a closer look at the float-home. Our beloved wooden boat peeks it’s nose out at us just behind the facade we look at here. The doors in this shot with the custom touches and stained glass really exemplify island living, and more specifically marina living. These scenes are so very unique and special to us to take in and enjoy, but to the folks who live here this is the world they see each and every day. I often wonder what it must be like…
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