The first snow of the season heralds in a sense of excitement here on Vancouver Island. Snow doesn’t come every year, much to the surprise of locals and folks who ponder a snowless Canadian winter. Turn on the TV in Canada and pretty much the entire country is experiencing sub-zero temperatures and thick coats of snow. On the island, that first snow means the holiday season is just around the corner. Sometimes it doesn’t last very long, as was the case this year. Come and gone in a few days, all that remains are the memories and the photographs we took.
This year I was lucky enough to have a few hours available on the first snow day. I grabbed Mrs. Toad by the flipper and took her out into the cold, still day to take it all in, and what a day it was! This isn’t the first time we’ve shot this wonderful barn in the Cowichan Valley, but it is the first time it was surrounded by a dusting of snow.
There is so much character here, isn’t there? I can’t find a straight line anywhere in this old barn, and the weathered red wood slats bring out the inherent personality. It’s all part of the magic of the Cowichan Valley.
How can it even still be standing? The foundation droops on the right side of the barn and you can see the effects of this in the torn and missing roofing in that section. The entire building is sagging, yet as a testament to good solid construction, it still stands proudly, serving as the perfect home for a family of Alpaca’s.
These kind of quintessential island scenes are some of my favorites. The island is a diverse place, as are the people who call it home. The wonder of it all can be found at the end of your driveway or just down the street in many cases. We find adventure at every crossroad, magic at every stop. It’s only by stepping away from the modern trappings of everyday life that we find the spirit of Vancouver Island.
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