Dracula’s Kryptonite

Posted: 3rd August 2011 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Hi everyone, we’re back!  Wow, what a whirlwind few days around The Hollow we’ve had, and as a result we’ve got a ton of great new stuff coming down the wire to share with everyone in the coming days.  We’ve pretty much driven over 600 miles in the last few days pulling all these photo shoots together and we honestly think you’re in for some pretty great surprises.

In the meantime, we wanted to get a new blog post out for everyone today.  Sorry for the brevity of it, but we did think it was a worthwhile image to share.  During our main adventure earlier this week, we encountered this absolutely magical scene on our way home.  I’m sure you’re wondering how the title of today’s blog post can have any sort of tie-in with the picture we’re going to share, so in an effort to not leave everyone dangling, let’s get to it!…

Garlic Stand - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Garlic Stand - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

For those of us afraid of blood-sucking vampires, this is the sort of place you want to see.  If you’re being hunted by an experienced vampire, you really want as a minimum a necklace made of cloves of garlic.  The only thing better than that would be to make a cloak out of garlic; and for that you need quantity.  Enter the garlic stand on the side of the road.

This scene just completely reminded us of a scene from a time now past.  We still see these sorts of stands on the road-sides up here on Vancouver Island, but they are few and far between these days.  This one in particular was a beautiful scene.  There were 5 or more different varieties of naturally grown garlic on this stand, as well as a pretty comprehensive write-up describing each variety.  Needless to say that after Mrs. Toad and myself visited this place, we left it one bunch lighter.

We really hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this image today as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.  Please do stay tuned, tomorrow we start to roll out a new bunch of images and accompanying story-lines of some pretty interesting sights and stories.  And as always, we welcome you to leave any comments you may have as we truly love to hear from all our visitors.




  1. Hello. Travel safe.. glad you bought some garlic.. looking for more great images. of your trip

  2. Love this photograph!

  3. Nice shot – what did you make with your purchase – it looks pretty potent!

    We’ll look out for more from you over the coming days.

    • Thanks SO much, Mark! Well, truth be told, we currently have this garlic hanging in our kitchen… I’ve got a still life shot of it hanging in some real cool light we had here last night, but wasn’t happy with the composition so haven’t posted it… anyways, we’re undecided yet what to do with it. I think after my recent over indulgence of roasted garlic, we might leave it a few more days until using this wonderful bunch of awesomeness! Thanks for your constant support and staying tuned, my friend, we really appreciate it. I promise the wait will be worth it, these stories are so interesting we think!!…

  4. avatar Viveca Koh says:

    Ooh, that looks so tasty, and I bet it is too! You and Mrs Toad are safe from vampires now for sure….

    • It is a big relief, I tell you Viveca. The Vampires ’round these parts will take your car if they get into a grumpy mood! 🙂 Thanks so much for your kind visit and comments today, my friend!!

  5. Great capture Toad. Just magical. Someone in the Toad family will definitely have to do some cooking!

  6. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a rolling garlic stand before. You guys find the most unique things. Thanx for sharing.

  7. avatar Mike says:

    A Gilroy, California transplant!! 🙂

  8. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Great capture Toad. Won’t see that scene anywhere in New England!

  9. Nice capture. It’s always fun to find these unexpected road-side scenes.

  10. avatar Jim Nix says:

    cool find, well shot as usual my friend!