Posted: 23rd August 2011 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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For today’s adventure we are back once again at the Genoa Bay Marina, in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.  This is the final installment in this series of blog posts and images we have of the marina, but rest assured we’ll be back in the near future to take more pictures.  It’s truly one of the most blessed places on earth, when we’re there we feel like time stands absolutely still.

Genoa Bay Marina - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Genoa Bay Marina - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

I think one of the things we love so much about this lifestyle is how functionality breeds clever invention.  You won’t find much in terms of pretentious living here, everything is designed to be useful and functional, yet somehow also takes on a feel of nautical living with a dash of quaintness.  These boathouses appear to be living quarters as well as places to park boats.  They are also buildings to truly admire.  I personally can’t get enough of the contrasts in scenes like this, with the rough corrugated siding on the one boathouse that is parked next to a pristine unit with a lovely wooden door.   Without a doubt, we’d move into either of these places in a heartbeat.  You’d then find us with our flippers up, sitting in lounge chairs on the deck, waving to all the passersby and generally enjoying all that marina living has to offer.

Genoa Bay Marina - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Genoa Bay Marina - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

A local artist creates these unique pieces  and displays them at the marina.  Truly clever, they all caused Mrs. Toad and myself to pause and take them in.

Genoa Bay Marina - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Genoa Bay Marina - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

These are not pieces of flotsam and jetsam, at least not anymore.  Carefully crafted with a slight humorous angle to them, we were entertained for quite some time just enjoying them as we wandered the docks.   A sharp and clever sense of humour is definitely something we enjoy and to be honest most of the pieces on display were rather profound once a larger realization settled in.

Genoa Bay Marina - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Genoa Bay Marina - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

As we leave the marina for the last time on this visit, we stop at the local store for an ice-cream and to sit a spell.  With the smell of the salt water in the air and the water lapping in the background, it takes no time at all before all the stresses of the week disappear and we find ourselves in a totally relaxed state of mind.

This store is something I just love.  The rust on the metal roof and the textures on the siding really create a strong sense of history.  Like a reminder of a time past or your favorite sweater you put on to curl up on the couch in the winter, we feel comfortable and at peace here.   We can’t wait to return, and we really hope you’ve enjoyed our brief photo series as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.

Please do stay tuned, we have more marine imagery to share with everyone.  Thanks for your visit, we really hope you’ve enjoyed the series, and as always we encourage you to leave us a comment as we truly love to hear from all our visitors.

  1. Another great post. The images are amazing.

  2. avatar Jon Stolarski says:

    Dig the series, the HDR processing is great.

  3. avatar Curt Fleenor says:

    These are all wonderful but I absolutely love the wall piece in the second image! What a great use for old club shafts!

  4. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Great to see the marina again Toad. Love the shots especially the golf clubs. Well done.

  5. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Way to capture some cool sculptures. Love this kind of art. Nice job.

  6. These look amazing on my iPhone. Such sharpness and detail throughout.

  7. avatar Anne McKinnell says:

    Great photos Toads, this really is a special place I have enjoyed visiting as well. Just a tip, if you have a crab trap this is a great place to put it.

  8. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    Toad, this was a great series. These boathouses and the decorative art are amazing. I’ve never seen such nice structures for parking boats. Occasionally you’ll see a nice one, but they’ve got a great theme going.

    You captured and processed these wonderfully!

  9. avatar Jim Denham says:

    Wow! what creativity these folks bring to their already unique style of living! Fantastic documentation Toads! Love it!

  10. avatar Rachel Cohen says:

    Love the post and images Toad. It really brings that small town peacefulness back!

  11. avatar Chris Nitz says:

    Is that building in the first shot completely sided in tin? Also, that golf club sculpture totally cracks me up. Nice series!

  12. avatar Rick says:

    I found those boat houses so interesting! I tried capturing it in some photos but they never really conveyed the mood. You’ve framed these shots up perfectly. It’s such an eclectic style – so laid back. it’s definitely something I could get used to. Thanks for sharing!

  13. avatar Jim Nix says:

    lovely shots Toad, I especially like that last one with the bright red Coke sign, well done my friend!!