The Meandering River

Posted: 29th October 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
Tags: , , , , ,

There is no better way to whittle away some time than to visit and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Vancouver Island in BC.  Trees seem to reach for the skies, the rivers run fast and hard, and the rugged landscapes that the west coast of Canada is famous for are found here.

The Cowichan River - A Serene River Scene - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Cowichan River – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

In light of how busy we’ve found ourselves recently providing professional services for our clients, it made sense for us to take pause and get back to the roots of Toad Hollow Photography, even if just for a brief moment.  We were asked at a client consultation when was the last time we worked for ourselves, just for fun?  This does happen quite a bit for Mrs. Toad and I, we try to make a point of getting out on missions of discovery whenever we can.  With our schedules being what they are, it’s been a bit more difficult for us to find time to share these experiences with you on our blog.

So, let’s take a moment today.

As most of you who follow us regularly know, we love the island and we really do try to get involved as much as we can in local efforts to preserve what we’ve got going on here.  After having lived here since 1980, you’d think we’d run out of things to explore…  and I’m here to tell you this just isn’t possible.

A few weeks back we decided to take an afternoon just for ourselves, and to head out to Lake Cowichan, my old stomping grounds and haunts that we used to frequent as teenagers.  At the back of our mind was to capture shots we could share with the various environmental groups we work with.  At the front of our minds was the pure experience itself.

The Cowichan River feeds from Lake Cowichan, a huge lake located on Vancouver Island.  It’s an important river with a heritage designation, one that supplies food, entertainment and water for much of the Cowichan Valley directly and indirectly.  As Mrs. Toad and I stood on a footbridge overlooking the serene river, it struck us how peaceful the setting was.  The river meanders, seemingly forever, and dotted all along it’s shores you will find homes and docks.  In the summer the river is filled with enthusiastic rafters and people floating, taking in the delightful temperatures and landscapes of the island.  In the winter, it turns into a peaceful place, a place you can come and commune with nature and spend a few private and intimate moments with someone who means the world to you, or just yourself.

Thanks for popping by The Hollow today and sharing a moment with us, 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 below.




  1. avatar Chris Maskell says:

    What an awesome, serene scene you portray my friend. Makes me feel relaxed just looking at it. It’s true what you say about time though, we all get so caught up in working, whether as a day job or for clients that it gets hard to take that small bit of time out.

    • CHRIS!! So good to hear from you my friend, thank you SO much for popping by and leaving your wonderful thoughts!! Both Mrs. Toad and I send our very best to you and your family, my friend!!

  2. What a nice view, so scenic! awesome stuff as always!

  3. avatar Edith Levy says:

    Ahhh I was imagining myself standing there with you and Mrs. Toad enjoying this spectacular scene. Simply lovely Toad.

  4. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    I am so glad that you took some time just for yourselves, and you could not have picked a more beautiful place. It looks so very peaceful there. Thank you for sharing it here.

  5. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Glad that you are busy with clients Toad but even more happy that you are making time for your true passions. Beautiful shot, my friend.

  6. avatar Rick Louie says:

    That looks like such a beautiful place. Relaxing. It’s great to just enjoy the scenery in hectic every day life. Glad you got a chance to do that.