Wisps of fog linger in the air, creating a natural light diffuser that takes much of the color out of the landscape and leaves behind an eerie and ethereal feel. Figures come and go in the mist, playing tricks with your eyes, leaving you wondering if you really saw that shadow move or if it’s just an artifact of the atmosphere.
Many photographers like to photograph landscapes at certain times of day, or during certain seasons. This is for good reason. The natural light can change a scene drastically as the elements morph during the year and time of day. One of my favorite times to shoot is in the heart of winter when clear skies overnight leave pristine frost on the ground. On many days it also creates a thick fog in the Cowichan Valley that can work for or against you.
This is a shot I had been planning for quite some time. You could argue I’ve been stalking this scene for years without finding the perfect conditions I so desperately sought. Until this winter. One day here recently luck would find me ready and waiting, with Mrs. Toad at my side and the conditions coming together that were necessary to complete my vision. If you view this photo fullscreen, you will find wonderful elements that add to the aesthetic; the patina of the weathered buildings, the old farmhouse perched on the bluff, and the haunting light that reveals faded silhouettes of the trees in the distant background. What more could you ask for?
This farmhouse is so much more than just another old farmhouse, it’s a part of the Cowichan Valley’s rich history and is an important landmark. If I have my geography correct, this farmhouse was one of the original heritage homes that was built during the early colonization of the valley, built and owned by one of our founding families. It remains standing, yet the sands of time have taken their toll over the years and weathering is very evident now. We have been trying for several years to secure a visit to the house so we can document it and preserve it for future generations, so please do stay tuned to our humble corner of the internet in case we finally are able to make that happen. But, while we work towards this and wait, we are happy to share these truly wonderful, moody and dramatic shots of our beloved valley as winters icy grip takes hold for a period of time, leaving all creatures and inhabitants on the lookout for the first signs of spring. We certainly don’t want to wish our time away as these scenes only make themselves known for a short time, but it is no secret that most of us anxiously await the thawing of the landscape that warmer temperatures will bring.
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