A Stroll In Honeymoon Bay

Posted: 17th February 2012 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Winter is definitely here, the days are cold, the nights come early and the shadows are long.  Times like this find us thinking of home quite often, particularly when you’re out and about late on a frosty afternoon and the bone-chilling cold starts to set in.  Many times we find ourselves thinking of our warm fireplace and a nice hot cup of something or another to warm ourselves up.

We’re heading back to our roots here today at The Hollow and we’re going to take a look at some of our character-rich architecture.  Today’s post finds us exploring a little town called Honeymoon Bay on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.  Situated on Lake Cowichan, this tiny little logging town is truly the pure definition of the term “character”.

Character Home - Honeymoon Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Character Home - Honeymoon Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

It was a cold day, the air was crisp and fresh when we found ourselves in the tiny town of Honeymoon Bay.  It was late in the afternoon, the sun had begun it’s decent behind the surrounding mountains, and the sky was cast with a greyish hue.  This has a tendency to mute the colors a bit in a scene, but also has the added benefit of reducing strong contrasts.  This allows the house to become the main subject in the photograph, and for its character to shine through.

It seems to us that everywhere we travel we find the predominant architecture to be vastly different between areas.  Many times I believe that form fits function, but also that is tends to speak of the character of an area.  This is truly a pretty common sight on Vancouver Island; a typical West Coast home.  It could have been built 100 years ago, or it could have been built yesterday, only the current owners know for sure.  I really love how over the years, the basic feel of the island hasn’t changed much, except in some of the more modern areas in our larger metropolises.

Character Home - Honeymoon Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Character Home - Honeymoon Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Nestled right amongst the houses we’re showcasing today sits this wonderful little store.  Was it a home that was converted to a store?  It sure could have been.  Or was it built as a store to begin with?  That’s possible, too, based on some of the architectural cues we find in the scene.  Regardless, it fits right into its surroundings; if you aren’t paying attention as you drive by this stretch of road you may not even notice that a tiny little store sits in the tree grove.

Once again, the true and pure character of Vancouver Island presents itself.

Character Home - Honeymoon Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Character Home - Honeymoon Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Our history, albeit short in terms of the world in general, is something that we hold onto with pride and passion.  Our island is covered in some of the best elements the world has to offer; oceans and lakes, seaside beaches, wonderful forests and tall mountains.  It can all be found here.  And when it comes time to build a new home, in many cases we try as hard as possible to have it fit into the surroundings rather than take it over.  It becomes part of the forest that it lives in.

Character Home - Honeymoon Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Character Home - Honeymoon Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Sometimes our homes are converted from barns.  Sometimes the opposite is true.  Sometimes the architecture resembles a bit of a barn when it isn’t.  No one except for the owners of these wonderful little places know for sure, any of the above mentioned options could be true.  No matter what or how these places came to be, no one can really argue that they aren’t the epitome of character, the true essence of west coast island living.

As we stood outside this day capturing these shots to share with everyone, as the sun continued its march below the horizon, the day got markedly colder.  Canadians tend to be a rather friendly lot and I have no doubt that if we had asked, we would have been invited into any one of these homes to sit a spell by the fire and enjoy a hot toddy of sorts.  But rather than encroach on someone else’s nice and peaceful afternoon, we decided to head for The Hollow where we could make our own fire.

We hope that you are able to find your own sense of peace and belonging as we have here on Vancouver Island.  We’re all unique, and it’s the little things that set an area apart from its neighbor.  We all recognize home when we see it, sometimes it’s the slightly intangible or difficult to describe elements that produce the biggest effect.

Thank you so very kindly for your visit here today, we sincerely appreciate it.  As always, we encourage everyone to leave us any comments you may have as we love to hear from all our visitors.




  1. avatar ehpem says:

    Great shots Toad – they are so perfectly ‘local’ in the sense that they are typical of the area and loaded with character. Your treatment of the red tin roof is spectacular.

  2. avatar maxmanianm says:

    Nice down homey shots. Really like the details.

  3. avatar Jim Nix says:

    wow Toad that is some incredible place to shoot some brackets, look at it man! love stuff like this, well done as usual sir! have a great weekend up there in your neck of the woods!!

  4. avatar LensScaper says:

    A great story woven around these images of the homes of everyday folk. Nice work as always, Toad.

  5. avatar Rachel Cohen says:

    Such lovely shots and story Toad! Make sure you guys bundle up on these very cold photo outings my friend! 🙂

    • You bet, we sure will Rachel! It might not be -40* up here, but the dampness in conjunction with the cold air temperatures make for some bone-chilling days, that’s for sure! We sure do appreciate all your friendship and support here, my dear friend, you are the very best of the best!

  6. oh.my.GOODNESS! Add this to the list of places to go when I get to that neck of the woods!!!! Love LOVE it!

  7. avatar Curt Fleenor says:

    What an interesting mix of styles and the hues are particularly wonderful. Have a great weekend!

  8. avatar ChrisdMRF says:

    Great collection of buildings, wonderful shots as always Scott

  9. avatar Eden says:

    Great subjects and details in these :). Very nicely processed.

  10. Terrific post Toad. I really have to come out to BC and explore a little. I love the way you’ve brought out the character & detail in these buildings. They really tell a story.

  11. avatar steamplanet says:

    Thanks for transporting my mind to such a beautiful place. Your photos are pure magic brother.
    Give my love to Mrs. Toad !

  12. avatar Rick says:

    It’s always fascinating to see how the foliage in the PacNW engulfs homes. I so enjoy how deciduous the area is when I visit. I need to get back soon.

    • Gosh, Rick, thank you so very kindly for your visit and fabulous comments, my friend! Next time you’re up here you just HAVE to let us know so we can see if we could get together? It would be a true honor and privilege, that’s for sure! We sure do appreciate all your kindness & support here, my friend, you are a scholar and a gentleman!

  13. avatar Adam Allegro says:

    What a charming little town!! And I love the name. I agree, sometimes I find myself longing for warmer, longer days… It is a drag getting to work and leaving when it is dark (except for the weekends! Spent this one in Istanbul and had a blast – Some photos you may enjoy posted today). Anyways, I always look forward to seeing these posts from you guys. You make such a great team and always deliver a smile. Well done.

    • Gosh, Adam, where do we begin to thank you for your kindness, encouragement and support here? We sure do appreciate it my friend. Make no mistake, I will be seeing your Istanbul pictures later today or tomorrow depending on how deep my RSS list is. Really looking forward to it. One of the things we love about your posts is how you manage to transport us to a whole different place and time in the world. Thanks again, so much, for everything my friend.