Hi everyone, welcome back to The Hollow today! I wish I knew everyone was coming, I would have tidied up a bit. Well, it is what it is, so we’ll make due with it…
Today we’re up in Ladysmith, BC, Canada on Vancouver Island. I know I keep sharing things that are a bit personal, but the truth is I have lived here on Vancouver Island since 1980 when I was 14. It’s been some 31 years now… I know, that kind of gives away my age. The point really is I love this island, I know quite a bit about it and both myself and Mrs. Toad LOVE to photograph it. I’ve seen a lot over the years and sure, it’s changed, but big pieces still stay the same. There’s still always that “core” of the island here that I can count on; it makes me feel like I am at home.
Uh, wait. This wasn’t like this a couple of weeks ago! This is the Ladysmith Car Care Esso station, now boarded up. All we can find online in terms of a background on this facility is it appears to be the victim of at least one break and enter recently.
From the limited information we can find, it’s been like this for over a month now. This gas station was built in the 70’s, or maybe even the 60’s, and has always been here and open every other time I’ve gone past it. Now, suddenly we find it closed and boarded up. I may be mistaken, but I believe that trying to get former gas station land rezoned for single or multi family dwellings is typically a very long process. Most of the lot’s that I’ve seen end up razed and a fence put up and left for years. I believe this is for environmental reasons.
If the site isn’t going to be used in the future as a gas station, I believe it will soon meet the wrecking ball. One more familiar landmark gone. Development isn’t necessarily bad in-and-of itself, it’s just there’s a tinge of nostalgia whenever something familiar disappears. At least we’ve got these photographs!
Just to put that extra something into this story, as I was wrapping up the shoot and hoppin’ back into the chariot the local police popped by for a chat. We think someone living nearby thought that there was something unusual about a 6′ 3″ toad with a tripod.
Well, that is the story for now, anyways! Thanks for stopping by today we really appreciate it. Please feel free to leave any comments you may have, we always love to hear from all our visitors.