Across The Water

Posted: 2nd December 2013 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Living on an island means that there is no shortage of places to visit the ocean.  Vancouver Island is the largest Pacific island located east of New Zealand and many people are surprised at both the size and the inherent climate we experience here.  Canadian winters are notorious for being frigidly cold with many feet of snow quite typical, but here on the island this is not the norm at all.  In the southern parts of the island we can go entire winters without snow, although that is unlikely.  But, with all that being the case, the one thing we do enjoy is our seascapes and rolling mountains.

Marine Vista - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Marine Vista – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Little inlets and vantage points are found everywhere here.  Some are well marked on the major highways, while others are much less obvious, sometimes presenting themselves on back-roads not often traveled.  One summer afternoon as Mrs. Toad and I were adventuring on the island, we went to one of our favorite little picnic spots to enjoy the scenery and weather.  On the way back to the main roads we stopped to grab a few shots overlooking the bay.  This particular shot features a marina sitting under a blanket of dramatic looking clouds with a backdrop of our rolling mountains.

Marine Vista - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Marine Vista – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Houses sit just feet away from the shore, overlooking a nautical scene with boats of all makes and genres.  Fishing boats, commercial boats, private sailboats; you name it, they are all parked here.  And each adds a little something to the flavor of island living.

Marine Vista - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Marine Vista – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The diversity of it all is definitely not lost on us.  The blues of the ocean play with the lush greens of our thick forests to paint scenes that are unlike those found anywhere else.  You can hike to the top of a mountain and make it back down to the shore in a matter of moments, dipping your feet in the Pacific Ocean, smelling the sea air and hearing the cries of seagulls overhead.  It’s the moments like these that keep us here and bring back visitors year after year.  Just as you think you’ve experienced all the island has to offer you come around another corner to discover a whole new treasure.

Thank you so much for your kind visit here today, we really appreciate it.  We always love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have!  Until next time, my friends!!




  1. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    I have been to your beautiful island 3 times over the years and only for day trips from Vancouver. You have shown me some of the wonderful places that I have not seen in person and it wants me to spend a much longer time there. Wonderful post and images Toad.

  2. Looks like someplace I’d enjoy visiting!! Lovely!

  3. You know how to make a person green with envy. I’m an island girl at heart and I just love looking at these beautiful vistas you call yours. Great work, Toad.

    • Wow, Sherry, we are absolutely delighted and humbled by your kind words here today my friend! Thank you so much for your visit and for taking the time to leave these wonderful words!!

  4. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    What breathtaking photos, Toad!
    I am going to offer you a book title here.

    “Toads in Paradise”

    This is obviously a wonderful place, one I hope to come and visit some day. Being an east coast guy who has always enjoyed nautical scenes, I know I would absolutely love the trip there.

    Happy Holidays to the Toads and we all look forward to more images from that wonderful slice of the globe. 😉

    • You, sir, are a true scholar and a gentleman! Thank you so much for all your friendship and support over the years here, Jimi, we always feel it’s such a highlight for our day when you pop by. I LOVE the title suggestion, I will definitely spin that one past the book writer in the family here, Mrs. Toad! Don’t be surprised one day to find one in publication! 😀

  5. How fortunate to have the ocean, forest, and mountains all in the same location. Nice work bringing your island to life through your images.

  6. Looks like an awesome place to live, enjoyed the photos!

  7. avatar Edith Levy says:

    Stunning images Toad. You should really try to sell these to BC Tourism.

  8. Wow Toad you live in such a beautiful place! Your images portray it so perfectly that I feel like I’m there!

  9. avatar LensScaper says:

    There’s something about being beside the sea – it seems to attract us all. These are beautiful views, Toad. Fabulous sky in the first shot.