Our avid love of photography finds us with some rather strange obsessions.  One of them has to be the natural effects and appearance of rusty things.  The textures and details you can find with such objects represents the tireless work of time and nature against the man-made metals of our generation.  One of our very good friends who hails from the US is always a source of inspiration for these posts as we think of our common bonds and love for old objects, and old trains specifically.  This one is for you Tom.

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

We’ve said it many, many times before and it always bears saying again.  Sometimes the best things to photograph are right in your backyard off the regular beaten track.  Today’s post features one such find.  On a lovely October day of last year, Mrs. Toad and I found ourselves on the lookout for something unique to shoot.  These are the best days, we find, the days where we get to spend the day chasing dreams with no particular schedule or destination.  The simple act of spending the day together, exploring the wonders in our very own area, always results in some profound new pictures.  It is also usually accompanied with a deeper understanding of Vancouver Island and the history and heritage that brought us to this point in time.

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

What surely is tantamount to setting a young child off in a favorite toy store with an unlimited budget and no time constraints, we found ourselves amidst a field of old rusty and weathered trains and cars on this lovely autumn day.  Right in the heart of a wonderful little town on the island, the Ladysmith Railway Museum features this outdoor exhibit sure to tantalize the curious.  As years of weather have taken their toll, the rust and wear of the cars takes on an organic feel, almost as if the rust is dripping down the sides of the cars.  This sensation is fed when you feel yourself immersed in the rainforests and environs of Vancouver Island.

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Certain vantages frame really interesting perspectives, like this one that reveals an old steam locomotive behind the rusty weathered car we were studying.  I find it to be quite the dichotomy to discover scenes like this that feature so predominantly the contrast between man and nature.  Eventually nature always wins.

Ladysmith Railway Museum - Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ladysmith Railway Museum – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

From an elevated perspective, context adds further to our emerging story.  If left unattended, this exhibit would surely become completely enshrouded in bush and vegetation and eventually the cars themselves would dissolve and become a permanent part of the place they inhabit.  Thankfully the folks who curate the site will ensure this will never happen.

Thanks kindly for your visit to The Hollow here today, we really do 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 Edith levy says:

    Yup gotta love all those textures. Wonderful Toad.

  2. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    Oh, man. Never met a train I didn’t love. 🙂
    Love these shots, Toad!

    • You and I both there, Jimi! I love trains, especially older, romantic ones, they are so very photogenic under all circumstances I find. Many many thanks for your kind visit here today good sir!