The Red Barn

Posted: 27th December 2013 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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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.

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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.

Barn - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Barn – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

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.

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

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  1. Lovely barn, gorgeous images. I love the combination of the old barn with the colour in the sky – that beautiful low angle winter light.

  2. avatar Rachel Cohen says:

    Beautiful piece of rural history Toad! I love how you grabbed Mrs. Toad by the flipper and ran out the door to grab these images! :))
    The very best of wishes for you and Mrs Toad now and in 2014! 🙂

  3. avatar Edith Levy says:

    Beautiful images Toad. There’s just something about a red barn against a snowy backdrop that always draws me in.

  4. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    Man, what a beauty. I love the rustic look of this scene and you can never go wrong with a red barn. Very nice, Toad!

  5. Love them both but that second is my fave, very nice, Have a Happy New Year Toads!

  6. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    I was one of those who didn’t think your island got snow. Living in a very snow part of the US, I think that having a thin layer of it makes the best images as you are proving in these. I think that the red barn adds a great contrast with it. Have a wonderful New Year to you and Mrs Toad.

  7. Hello Mr Toad, the nice thing about barns is that they tend to take on a life or appearance all their own as they age. I think these photos capture that idea very nicely. The second photo tells a story and the first one, my favorite of the two, is a splendid portrait of the barn. Great light and snow all grey in the shade, perfect treatment of a humble subject.

  8. avatar Joyfulgozo says:

    1st 2say, I came to you via your comment on Steve Beal’s snowy river picture. I was about to leave a comment, when I read yours & wanted to see what your stuff was like.
    /// It was worth it! That is a fantastic rustic picture — and the barn is still functioning — amazing!!. And the snow accent — wonderful!! I like how I can see the sun coming thru the upper story slats in the 2nd pic. // And the 1st one sets the scene for the 2nd pic.

    • Thank you SO much, this means the world to us here! We really really appreciate you taking the time to come visit us today and for leaving these wonderful comments! We love the work that Steve Beal publishes and love knowing that we have connected here via his site. Much appreciate my friend, best wishes!! We hope to see you more here at The Hollow!