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?

Heavy Duty Equipment - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

Heavy Duty Equipment - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

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.

Heavy Duty Equipment - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

Heavy Duty Equipment - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

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!

Thanks so very kindly for your visit today, we really appreciate it.  Please feel free to leave us any comments you may have as we always love to hear from our visitors.



  1. Looks like a nice ride! Glad spring has sprung for you! Hope you have a great weekend my friend!

  2. That sure is a great old piece of kit. Growing old has only added to it’s character. I for one can’t wait to see what you have coming up this year.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you, from the bottom of our heart, Chris! Your ongoing friendship and support means so very much to us here!

  3. avatar LensScaper says:

    Love the humour at the start of this. And that’s a pretty major Tonka Toy.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Couldn’t find the keys to it but we are planning on heading back soon! Thanks so much for your ongoing support here Andy, we really do appreciate it!

  4. avatar Rick Louie says:

    That’s a huge Tonka Toy. Awesome details captured and yes the seat needs some more padding!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      My green, warty backside couldn’t last too long on that thing! Thanks so much for popping by and for leaving us your wonderful comments, we truly appreciate it.

  5. avatar Edith Levy says:

    The Toad certainly likes his toys…lol. Love how you get up close and personal in the second shot. Love the details.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you so, so much Edith. Your ongoing friendship and support means so very much to us here, I can’t find the proper words to express it. :). Thank you my friend!!

  6. avatar Eden says:

    Very nice processing :)

  7. avatar Fred Norris says:

    Love the rusty texture on this bulldozer Toad .You really have to admire the way they made these pieces of equipment work for the job they needed.That engine looks alot like a v8 gas engine ,wonder what they did with the original cat diesel that used to power this baby?

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Great eye there, Fred, I did not notice that myself! Good question, my friend, I may have to convince the Mudpuppies to head back up there this summer so we can ask that direct question! Thank you so very kindly for all your support, Fred, it really means so much.

  8. Great processing to bring out all the wonderful textures in these images. Your humor really helps bring these pieces to life.

  9. avatar A.Barlow says:

    wow man, that thing looks like a monster.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Ha! Yeh, I would have to agree with you on that one, my friend! It’s the proverbial “I could pull a house down with that thing” machine! Thanks so much for your kind visit, my friend, we sure do appreciate it!

  10. Terrific details and textures, especially on the close-up of the gauges.

  11. avatar Jim Nix says:

    wow awesome work Scotty!

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