Archive for August, 2014

Every year the terrific folks at the Maple Bay Marina, just around the corner from where we live, host a widely acclaimed event called “The Wooden Boat Festival”.  For those who love everything nautical, this is a must-see event, one that finds crowds of folks coming from points all over the world to take in […]

Today Cole Island is inhabited by only the whispers of those who came before.  It now stands as a very important link to our heritage here on Vancouver Island under the watchful eye of the Provincial Government’s Heritage Branch and a local group of local people who have formed a community called the “Friends of […]

Have you ever seen the largest raptor in North America?  Have you seen it up close?  Better yet, have you seen it fly just inches over your head?  If not for the terrific people who operate The Raptors here in the Cowichan Valley, these experiences would never be possible. We’ve now visited twice, and each […]

Art is all about interpretation.  And when it comes to personal expression, there is no art like that of the car and motorcycle enthusiast.  Given my rather feisty reputation behind the bars of a bike like this I likely will never pilot one personally, but they still make me stop in my tracks instantly when […]

Our love for everything rusty runs from the sublime to the surreal at times, driving us onward, forever searching for that next abandoned or forgotten artifact to explore with our lens.  A while back, the lovely Mrs. Toad happened to come across the Ladysmith Train Station and Railway Museum and told me all about it.  […]

Ship To Shore

Posted: 14th August 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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When we first started Toad Hollow, I often wondered if we would eventually shoot all the interesting subjects that exist here on Vancouver Island.  Years later I can honestly say that was short-sighted.  Take Genoa Bay for instance; a lovely little marina community that is home to full and part-time residents, character-filled float homes and […]

We are avid fans of great architecture, particularly architecture from years past that has left an indelible mark on the community it lives in.  We find that when you enjoy these buildings from the outside frequently you are left wondering what they look like inside.  And in many cases what you find is not what […]

Buckets come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, many with different intended uses.  Hands-down, the coolest bucket that I know of has to be of the Ford T-Bucket variety.  These highly modified cars tend to only loosely resemble the original car that motivated their creation, and they all stand out as unique and personal expressions […]