It’s been said many time before that life isn’t easy. It’s all what we make of it. If you’re given lemons, make lemon meringue pie. That sort of thing. We find that even though we are presented with challenges and issues to deal with daily, our deep love for the area we live in and all the wonderful bits and pieces that make it up serve as a form of inspiration and joy. No matter how bad things might seem to be, you can always find beauty just around the corner. And through observing and becoming part of this beauty, we find metaphors for life.
We’ve mentioned before that Vancouver Island finds itself host to all sorts of natural features. This striking Canadian landscape showcases our mountains, forests, lakes, beaches, oceanfront and much more. And beyond that, usually you can get from one of these features to the next in a matter of moments. But, it’s not just the fact that we’re surrounded by all these great things, it’s how we’ve become part of the tapestry that makes up the island and the community we live in.
Winter is definitely beginning to settle in here on the island now. The days are predominately grey and rainy, and we all get a different feel for our surroundings, one that tends to drive us all indoors to sit in front of our fireplaces and enjoy time with family and friends. Just outside these doors, a whole world exists.
From this vantage above, we can see Toad Hollow. Well, not exactly as our house is buried deep in the forest on the other side of the lake we’re presented with here today. But, nevertheless, this is home. The area we live in finds itself nestled in a small mountain range, and just a couple of miles down the road we find the ocean. This lake is an important part of our immediate area, and forms a striking scene.
The interesting stone work and wrought iron gate captured our attention recently while we were out and about adventuring. Perspective is everything and the day gave us a chance to learn a little something about ourselves…
This photo was taken four feet to the right from the one above. By changing our perspective, we find the lake is still there but it definitely takes a backseat to the amazing winding country lane. This scene appears to go on forever, leading the visitor right into the heart of what makes this island so special. The further down the path you travel, the deeper you become ingrained into the land. The deeper the connections are with all the wonder we find ourselves enveloped in.
With angles, perspectives and composition all playing important roles in photography, I find that sometimes I am surprised how moving four feet to the right can change the entire view of our world. Never fear the unknown, and never let that fear cripple you from adventures. Some of the most amazing things have happened to us this year just because we had the courage and conviction to move past our own inner fears in an attempt to achieve something meaningful.
And through all this, our own eyes are opened further.
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