There are many reasons why we love Vancouver Island so much. It’s home to the most glorious oceanfront and beaches, mountains, history and heritage, and of course some really great architecture that expresses the true character of west coast living. And barns. I love barns. Especially old weathered barns. As we have mentioned before, one day we hope to write a book on barns photographed here on the island. There is no time like the present to build that part of our image library, so with this in mind today we’d like to share a set of shots we captured during the recent Parksville Qualicum Beach QR Code Road Rally 2013 event we attended. This post is part of our running photoblog series “The Toads At The Rally“.
It’s been a tad bit of a dreary spring and summer here on the island so far this year with many days on end finding us under the cover of grey skies. This has a tendency to mute colors and tones. Sometimes this can work to our advantage when trying to capture a certain feel. So, needless to say, when we came across this scene in the middle of the big rally we literally had to put both feet firmly on the brakes and wait for the smoke to clear before jumping out of the car to grab some brackets.
The weather here on the island is the most temperate in Canada. We don’t see winter temperatures dipping into the double-digits with feet upon feet of snow. As a matter of fact, here on the island those days that it does snow are considered special. As is evidenced by our distinct lack of snow removal equipment. We do live in Canada, so that is a little strange, but I do digress…
Even with this all being the case, winters and summers can be rather brutal on wooden structures, like this fabulous barn here. Days of pounding rain followed by stretches of blazing sun and heat eventually leave a mark, creating incredible textures and details that can only be created and found in nature. Aren’t those textures good enough to eat? I’d recommend against it, you might end up with a mouth full of splinters.
This shot has to be my favorite of the set. Look closely at the big doors on the facing of the barn and you will notice some hinges are old and rusty and other are new. Also, the set of doors on the left have a bit of bow in them at the top, visible here by the shadows which give a little dimension to the feature. Talk about character.
The warm tones created by years of weathering really add a great touch here. As your eye follows the barn, you encounter the bright red garage door at the end, adding a terrific splash of color to a scene dominated in earth-tones and greens. Look closely, my friends, Mrs. Toad discovered a terrific treasure in this scene in the pair of very narrow doors that are cut into the side of the structure to the left of the rightmost window that is fully visible.
I would love to see the inside of this place, it has to be full of great artifacts. To those who tend the land here, this is a structure that keeps livestock and implements in good shape under shelter, but to fine art photographers this is a scene full of island character way too good to pass up.
In the meantime, we’d like to thank you very much for taking the time to visit us here today. We really do love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have!