The Toad And The Cat

Posted: 16th December 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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A few days a year, in the heart of winter, the days begin with a glorious fog that rolls over the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.  This fog creates an eerie sense in the valley, both hiding and revealing vignettes at the same time, through the act of natural framing.  The landscape changes, almost by the minute, as things are exposed and then obscured.  It’s almost as if the fog is alive, meandering across the valley in search of secrets to find and share.

Misty Catamaran - Genoa Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Misty Catamaran – Genoa Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The sun was trying to poke its way through the thick fog cover, casting a ghostly orange glow in the atmosphere.  Birds came and went, winding their way through the mist, arriving and leaving at the same time.  Ducks paddled without sound, and even the gulls that are found everywhere were hushed, their presence barely to be noticed.  These incredible fogs are directly related to the stillness in the air, a stillness you can almost hear in its deafening silence.  As the day progresses, and with it the winds that are always sure to arrive, the fog dissipates, leaving behind unfettered views of what once was invisible.

These days come and go at this time of year.  Even with the stark cold of winter and the difficulty found in rising from a warm and comfortable bed, the treasures we find are well worth the efforts.

Thank you for visiting us here at The Hollow today, 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 Don Barton says:

    Lovely image, Toad.

  2. avatar Spencer says:

    Hi Toads – Long time since my last comment here. My apologies… life I suppose.

    Anyway, I was staring intently at your image and the since of newspaper print came to mind. The final processing feels like something you would find on the front page of a local newspaper with a cool story about how the boat arrived at Genoa Bay, Vancouver under intense and threatening fog to deliver a most precious cargo.

    Love it overall and always enjoy your words that accompany your photos. Both the image and those words just draw me in close to see and connect with the Toads.


    • Hi Spencer, it’s absolutely wonderful to see you pop by The Hollow today, thank you very much! What wonderful comments you’ve shared here, we really appreciate you taking the time to leave these for everyone to enjoy! Best wishes for the Holiday Season this year my friend, we hope to spend more time with you in 2016 for sure!

  3. avatar Edith Levy says:

    Love the way you’ve processed this image Toad. Beautiful.