Five Minutes Peace

Posted: 10th February 2012 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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I need five minutes of peace and serenity today.  The last little while has been a bit of a whirlwind around these parts, basically both Mrs. Toad and myself are working around the clock.  But, it’s all good, we’re working on our future and that will most definitely include us returning to photography full-time once this crazy schedule settles down.  And in the meantime, we can turn to our passion of imagery to help us and everyone else take a five-minute break from the relentless march of time and the expectations that modern-day living place upon us.

High Oaks Farm - Victoria, BC, Canada

High Oaks Farm – Victoria, BC, Canada

Just on the outskirts of Victoria city we find ourselves in the midst of some of the most incredible farmland on Vancouver Island.    And in many ways, it’s a place where time has slowed down.  As we were out on one of photo-adventures we came across this truly incredible farm.  It pretty much begged us to take pause and capture some shots.

High Oaks Farm - Victoria, BC, Canada

High Oaks Farm – Victoria, BC, Canada

Although our island has only been developed in the last 100 or so years, there are plenty of areas and buildings that create a sense of long ago.  This wonderful old farm was established in 1893 and in many ways the scene that presented itself was not that unlike what it must have been all those years ago.  The broken reflection of the barn in the body of water that sits in front of it really added a wonderful element of interest to the scene, as did the now forlorn and very rusty tractor.

The air and water were very still on this day.  As we sit here tonight working on this post to share with you, the feeling of that peace and stillness settles over us.  Times were much simpler back then with no constant reminders from our seemingly forever-tethered electronic devices that we’ve got something else to do, something more important.

High Oaks Farm - Victoria, BC, Canada

High Oaks Farm – Victoria, BC, Canada

I see beauty in tractors that many others don’t.  They are symbolic of a paradigm shift in how farming was done, presenting farmers with tools to make their lives easier.  They also possess the most interesting lines, in some ways they also take on a personification of a trusty farm-hand.  Always eager to jump into service, this ones active days may now be long behind it.

High Oaks Farm - Victoria, BC, Canada

High Oaks Farm – Victoria, BC, Canada

Another tractor peppers the landscape.  Was this left here like this on purpose, to create a form of a decoration to break up the land?  Or was this the final place it managed to get to before coming to rest, never to move again?  No matter the reason, it truly presents an interesting element to spend time taking in.  I expect it will still be here long after I am gone.

High Oaks Farm - Victoria, BC, Canada

High Oaks Farm – Victoria, BC, Canada

As we turn to leave, we see this final scene present itself.  I’ve always been fascinated by weather instruments, and this one was just so full of character.  The only way this would be any better is if there was a rusty old tractor in the field behind it.

Oh wait!  There is!

I’m not entirely sure why, but I find peace and serenity in looking at pictures and images that represent this historic time.  I guess the sense of a simpler time transports us back to where our smartphones and PC’s weren’t the prime form of interface we had to the world around us.  We had time and interest to explore the nature that surrounded us.  In today’s busy lifestyle, this isn’t always the case.

With all that being said, I really enjoyed going back with you here today, even if it was for five minutes.  We hope you’ve come away with a peaceful feeling and were able to share this brief adventure with us.

On that note, my calendar is dinging at me; time to go.

Thank you so very much for taking the time to pop by today, as always we encourage everyone to leave us any comments you may have as we really do love to hear from all our visitors.



  1. avatar Jim Denham says:

    Take a break! Love old tractors myself Toads, so I totally relate! Great images here and I especially love the weathervane in the last picture! Awesome!

  2. A nice expose of this old farm. They are all keepers but the second photo with the farm buildings I like best. Great composition with beautiful colors and reflections.

  3. All I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW!!. . . and I want to move up there. Your photography, as always is just spectacular and your writing, inspirational. What a magical place. Thank you for doing such wonderful work. Your posts always show up when I need “five minutes of peace” and at least a week’s worth of inspiration!

  4. avatar Rick says:

    That weathervane is really cool. I’ve never seen one with dials and such. I’m assuming those are for barometer, etc.

  5. Oh Toad, your five minutes of peace, brought me five minutes of peace! Your wonderful, nostalgic images just made me slow down and breathe that country air (ok, I must have been hallucinating!) The reflection image is just magical. Have a great weekend and thank you :-)

  6. Great post Toad. You’ve really outdone yourself with these images. I have to tell you the second image of the farm just blew me away. Absolutely outstanding.

  7. avatar ehpem says:

    These are very evocative of days of old, and of rural Victoria. Great set. I like that weather vane too. That red ball on it looks like an old toilet tank float. I think someone had a lot of fun assembling that thing.

  8. avatar Fred Norris says:

    Blimey Toad great blog!The image of the rusty workhorse with the barn in the background is extraordinary!!

  9. Well I love farms :) especially if the Toad took a picture of one ;)

  10. avatar kato says:

    very nice picture….!

  11. Great photo of the tractor and fence with the frozen edges of water in the top third of the photo. Great composition.

  12. avatar Eden says:

    Great details and processing!

  13. avatar Jim Nix says:

    wow Toad what a wonderful looking place, and as usual your processing really brings it to life! hope you enjoyed your 5 minutes of peace!

  14. Great series of images Toad, and as always, your combination of words and imagery does an amazing job communicating how you responded to what you saw. I especially like the second shot with the tractor in the foreground and the barn watching from behind. Well done my friend.

  15. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Those are awesome sir. Love the leading image.

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