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 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 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 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.
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 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!