A Path To Our Hearts

Posted: 13th November 2012 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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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.

Cowichan Valley - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Valley – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

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…

Cowichan Valley - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Valley – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

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.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us here today, we really do appreciate it.  As always, we encourage everyone to leave us any comments that you may have as we love to hear from all our visitors.




  1. avatar Jim Denham says:

    Great point and what a difference 4 feet can make! You guys live in an mazingly beautiful area Toads, at least it is through what you present to us in your images!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      There is no way we can thank you enough for all your kindness and support, Jim, that really does mean so much! You sir are a scholar amongst gentlemen!

  2. I can see why?? Lovely path indeed.

  3. avatar Kerri says:

    A Beautiful post!

  4. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Great photography lesson presented here Toad. Looks like a stellar location to live and spend time. I really like the first image but you can’t lose with the second either.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Wow, thanks Len! There’s no way we can thank you enough for all your kindness and support my friend, we really appreciate you taking the time to visit and for leaving us your incredible comments!

  5. I’m with Len all the way here – Great lesson and excellent images both of which are inviting the viewer in to explore the scene.

  6. Lovely – both the photographs and the life lesson one can learn from changing the perspective. Thanks!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you so, so much Laurie, I can’t tell you how much we appreciate that! It just means so much to see you take the time to visit, and then to leave us your wonderful comments too!

  7. avatar Edith Levy says:

    Just beautiful Toad. What a fabulous spot. Both wonderful images but I really love the leading lines in the second one.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you ever so kindly, Edith, from the bottom of our hearts! You’re the best, my dear friend, your support and encouragement means so much!

  8. That’s a nice place you got there Toads, with history to boot. Nice photographs, especially the second one. There is a holly farm outside the photograph’s edge. It is part of the property and may well be the oldest on the island and has catered to world markets. I think that recently operation of the holly farm they may have ceased. The gate I don’t think has been closed since time long gone. I have been waiting forever for that to come about.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      These are GREAT comments, Joseph, thank you so much for taking the time to pop by and see us, and for leaving these for everyone to enjoy! I think this adds a whole layer of interest to the scene. I am sorry to hear that the holly farm is now closed, we really love seeing the local economy flourish and when we get news like this, it’s a little sad. Thank you for all your friendship & support my good friend!

  9. Great shots Toad, what a beautiful area for sure!

  10. avatar Jim Nix says:

    lovely work Toad, so inviting to look down that road! well done!

  11. avatar Tom Tork says:

    reminds me of a story of another Toad exept his path from “Toad Hall” went into the Wild Wood. Theres something compelling about a path or a trail leading to whatever or wherever our imaginations want to create for us. The images leave me wanting to look deeper in the scene especially the straight on view. Nicely done.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you so, so much Tom, for all your friendship and support here! It really means so much to us, my friend! Very thoughtful comments here, this really means an awful lot to us!

  12. Wow Toad! Those are some gorgeous shots! You certainly live amongst beauty. I can imagine myself walking down that road and just listening to the sounds of nature!