Much like chasing the fabled Yeti through the snow-caps of the Swiss Alps, this has been in the planning stages for years now. Armed with only a 10 megapixel sensor and a 50mm prime lens, we stalked our quarry with steely determination. As we sat, waiting, in our chairs the mythical being finally emerged from the plush dense forests of Vancouver Island… even if only for a fleeting moment. And finally all the years of planning and preparation came together in the blink of an eye and we got what we came for.
Seconds later it was gone again.
For those with more than a passing curiosity, this is indeed The Hollow as it sits today. Several years ago Mrs. Toad and I made a decision to move away from the hustle and bustle of city-living, and to head for the countryside. This decision has resulted in meeting new friends and having new adventures, and is something we are thankful for every day.
The Hollow currently sits on a small patch of land, filled with beautiful trees, magical wildlife and is just a hop away from a gorgeous local lake and the ocean. The house is well over 100 years old now, and due to no official records of its creation being found, the history has to be surmised through an assortment of clues. You can honestly feel the character and history of this place in the ground, as those who minded the land before we got here were very much in tune with it and were devoted to its care.
This picture is something that has beckoned to me since the moment we arrived. Surrounded by extremely tall Douglas Fir and Maple trees, Vancouver Island sits fairly far north and as such is subject to all sorts of variances in natural light. Moments like these come and go faster than you can hop off a Lilly Pad and catch a fly.
Over the course of the Labour Day Long Weekend, Mrs. Toad and I set out to capture this picture. For two days we patiently sat in the yard, stalking the light as it changed by the moment. Great moments came and went. Our memory card in the camera began to fill up resulting in 36 potential shots to sift through, hoping to find the perfect rendition of the visual story we wanted to share. Props were placed and taken away, reflectors were setup in various spots trying to bring a smidgen of natural light into corners where none naturally existed.
Finally everything came together and we were presented with the gift we share here today with you all.
If you have enjoyed your visit today and this feature, please do let us know by sharing your comments below. We are considering running a series featuring this gate in the different seasons we have up here in Canada, and your feedback here will be very important to us in this consideration. Not to mention that we absolutely love to hear from all our visitors. Thank you so much for your kind visit to Toad Hollow today!