I awoke this morning in The Hollow, flung the front door open to take in all the grace, wonder and beauty of the Swamp and declared spring has finally arrived! And in spring a young Toads mind immediately thinks of Heavy Duty Machinery!
Well, that may not be entirely true but it does have a ring to it. Today we’re heading back to the BC Forest Discovery Centre taking in a wonderful piece of antique heavy-duty equipment in our running photoblog series “The Toad’s Tonka Toys“. This shoot was the result of Mrs. Toad and I having the pleasure and honor of spending a day exploring this fabulous facility with our best friends, the Mudpuppies.
For those who are regular followers of our blog here, our love for all things with rich textures and details is fairly well-known. Especially when it comes to things of historic interest and value.
Now, before we jump into this post today, I have to ask everyone out in the audience today… have you had your tetanus shot?
Is it just me, or does this look like it could do with extra padding in the general seat area? My guess is this unit comes from a time when men were men, forests were abundant and the local doctor was always busy. I am fairly certain that many of you are sitting there staring at your monitor right now with a quizzical look. Rest assured, you are not alone.
No, I don’t know what this is. Yes, it lacks fenders, air conditioning, a 6 CD stacker and a pair of subwoofers. And probably a few other niceties as well.
With that being said, however, we do have a ton of great elements at work here. Designed in a time when function far outweighed any form of fashion, this baby here has absolutely no trim pieces to accent it’s sporty lines. It’s all about getting the job done!
As you begin to take the scene in and really absorb all the details at work here, it becomes quickly evident that safety took a backseat to the prime function. In all truth, we’re looking at a heavily modified Caterpillar bulldozer… at least, that’s what I believe it is. It was commonplace back when the Island was being founded and the burgeoning forestry industry was laying its foundations for the future to re-purpose existing equipment. This level of creativity and ingenuity has always struck me as fascinating beyond words. Must be the engineer in me.
At the heart of any great piece of machinery is a great set of gauges. This scene literally jumped out as me as we were exploring the facility this warm fall day. We’ve got some really awesome rust to take in, with all the textures it creates. But a closer look reveals that the weld holding the instrument cluster to the frame of the vehicle is perfect in its imperfections. Not to mention the gauges themselves… sure, they may not register a heartbeat, and probably haven’t for years now. That doesn’t take away from their character, though.
We’re pretty excited about some of the events we’ve got planned here at The Hollow in the very near future. Much like this old antique bulldozer must have felt as it paved the way forward for this wonderful place we find ourselves living in today.
And now that we’ve found a way to use this tractor as a metaphor for spring and the excitement of the coming year, it’s time for us to hop off into the sunset and enjoy an action-packed weekend! We wish the same to be true for you!
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