The vibrant colors of spring are always a harbinger of the pending season.  With warmer temperatures just around the corner, life is found to be springing forth from everywhere.  Today we are heading back to one of our very favorite treasures in the Cowichan Valley St. Peter’s Quamichan Anglican Church as the beautiful spring flowers begin to bloom, and with it our new hopes for the year and all that it will bring.  For those joining us here now, this post is a continuation of our photoblog series called “The Anglican Church Project“.

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The snow is now all gone on Vancouver Island and the daily temperatures continue to climb.  The grasses are the greenest green you’ve ever seen, and wildflowers are popping up all over adding dashes of color.  We find the skies remain grey, but periodically the sun pokes through draping our landscapes in bright warmth.  On the day we visited it was rather overcast out, but this didn’t hold back the the flowers and vegetation as they proclaimed their joy at the coming season with their abundant palettes.

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The busy town of Duncan is nearby, as are homes and communities, but as you stand in the heritage cemetery a distinct sense of peace is discovered.  Many local characters are interred here, people who were a big part of the colonization of the valley, and as you make your way around you find graves with recognizable names at every turn.  A wonderful juxtaposition of the graves against the delicate nature of the emerging flowers creates a special harmony.  If you are open, mysteries of life are revealed.

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The vignettes of spring create a stark contrast against the same scenes witnessed in the heart of winter where all color is gone, and with it the sense of joy and life.  It is spring now, and Mother Nature herself has beckoned us outside to reconnect with our world.  And with it a feeling of renewal and hope.

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As we make our way down the slopes of the hill, we turn to see the church peeking through the barren arms of the trees.  Soon they will be full of life, too, creating a green canopy that will hide parts of the scene that will only be revealed when fall returns once again.

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The journey of revelation ends with a rest on a wooden bench.  Introspective moments of discovery are all around, helping us to learn a little more about ourselves and the meaning behind life.  Some secrets are revealed, but most others remain undisclosed.  We believe it’s this very sense of mystery that makes our journeys so wonderful.

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




  1. avatar Bev Oliver says:

    Utterly gorgeous to see the grounds in springtime. Those glorious daffodils; who planted them so long ago? Just magical; one can feel the soft winds of spring dancing between them. You’ve inspired us to go for a visit!

    • avatar Renee says:

      You might be interested to know that in the next week or so the chocolate lilies will start blooming – they occur naturally in this Gary Oak nature area.

    • Most excellent, Bev, thank you so much! We always love it when you pop by and visit, and leave us your great comments!!! We hope you enjoy your visit, it’s absolutely spectacular there at this time of year! We’ll be heading back soon ourselves, as Renee notes in another comment below the chocolate lilies will be making an appearance soon!

  2. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    It looks like you are having a beautiful spring!
    Thank you for taking us on this tour.

  3. avatar Renee says:

    Perhaps your readers would be interested in visiting the St. Peter’s website http://stpeter-duncan.ca/ They might be interested to learn that the main part of the current building was built in 1877 and that the church is starting some significant repairs & renovations next week. A large part of the project involves working with a structural engineer to repair the original stone foundation.

    • Ooo yeh, thanks for mentioning that Renee! We’ve been watching the activities unfold at the site and are glad to hear the project is moving forward as planned.

  4. avatar Edith Levy says:

    What beautiful images Toad. The colours just pop out at me. Our grass isn’t green yet and the flowers haven’t started blooming but it is warmer so that’s a good thing 🙂

  5. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Glad to see blooming happening in some parts of the world. The yellow blooms in the images just shout out rebirth. Super post Toad.

  6. The flowers are looking gorgeous back home! Beautiful set of images Toad.

    • They are finally making an appearance, it’s been a bit grey and dreary so far this year but I suspect that spring has now sprung and things are going to get colorful around these parts!! Thanks, Anne, it’s always a huge highlight for us when you pop by!

  7. avatar Barbara says:

    This post is a breath of fresh air M & M Toad! Love the greens and yellows and creative use of DoF. Would really enjoy tiptoeing through the long blades of grass. Sometimes a solemn place such as this is the perfecct location for reflection and a little R&R. Did I mention that I love the greens and yellows?

  8. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    Love this set of images, Toad! Beautiful work. It’s a sure sign of Spring when the Forsythia show that brilliant yellow color. 🙂

  9. avatar Rick Louie says:

    Wow, love the color! Wish our wildflowers would start blooming here. Hopefully soon. I guess I need to visit the PacNW once spring!

    • Indeed you do, Rick!! We’d LOVE to host a visit with you up here, my friend!! I know with your talents and skills, you’d come home with memory cards full of great shots!! Thanks so much for your kind visit today, we really do appreciate it!