Hi everyone, we really hope you had a great weekend, we sure did! For today’s post we’re taking a look at what appears to be an old abandoned house situated near the Maple Bay Marina, in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. The thing about living on Vancouver Island has to be all the wonderful little things we find when we pay attention to our surroundings. Living in a rain forest has its benefits, with one of them being the way that buildings weather over time due to the damp and usually slightly chilly climate we live in. The prime beneficiary to all this has to be us roving photographers; we find the oddest things.
Just off a windy little country road that leads in and out of our 2 local marinas in the Cowichan Valley sits this building. It appears to be an old homestead, my guess would be probably around 70-100 years old now, but that’s just a wild guess. It appears to be abandoned, or at most it now serves as a storage facility for another resident nearby.
The window on this side is boarded up, there is really no front stoop or step to allow easy access to the building, but all the other windows are totally intact, if not a little dirty. A rusty 50 gallon container sits in the front yard, a remnant of the previous tenant. Moss has taken over the roof entirely now and parts of the fascia and siding are starting to make their slow march to earth, beckoned by Mother Nature and gravity. It won’t be long now, this house will start to merge with the grounds that surround it and years from now very little will be left.
And directly across the street from this scene, on the edges of the ocean at Birds Eye Cove, we see these wonderful fences and gates, all which pen in some of the most incredible homes in the area.
The combination of immaculate maintenance of these homes and surroundings coupled with subtle weathering on the wood gates really makes for a strong sense of contrast. Old and new each fill the area entirely, providing deep, rich character.
Quaint is the word that comes to mind. The shadows and light dance gently across our scene here highlighting the wonderful gate and it’s details. A strong connection with our history and past can be felt in the area and is accented by all these wonderful historic pieces we encounter as we make our way around. Through the gate, we can see the inlet to the Maple Bay Marina; these folks live in heaven. You can almost feel the stress of the day fading away as we soak it all in here…
Thanks for your visit today, folks, we sure do appreciate it! Please stay tuned, we’ve got some pretty great stuff coming up this week and are looking forward to sharing with everyone some pretty unique sights and back stories. As always, we totally encourage everyone to leave us some comments as we truly love to hear from all our visitors!!