Spring In The Valley

Posted: 1st May 2017 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Spring has finally sprung here on the west coast of Canada after a really long and cold winter.  I’ve lived here since 1980 and to be quite honest, this was one of the worst ones I can recall.  As with all things in life, once the snow finally disappeared and signs began to emerge that spring was around the corner, we all began to talk about how we are hoping for a nice summer this year, and how we’d appreciate it if it came early!

Red Barn - Spring In The Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Red Barn – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The Cowichan Valley is home to many beautiful and large farms with large tracts of land that support the livestock and harvests the region is well known for.  As soon as winter breaks, we begin to see signs of spring, and they do seem to come quickly.  This barn sits on a huge farm that is nestled in the mountains that form the Cowichan Valley, and on one warm afternoon the light came and went upon the barn as the geese and wildlife in the area took in the weather.

This shot was taken a few weeks back now and shows the very beginning of our spring.  Today we find cherry trees in full bloom and our local foliage is filling in quickly as the temperatures climb with increased hours of sunlight.  This also means our grass is growing quickly, this being both good news and bad as we struggle to find the perfect day and time to mow the lawn before it becomes taller than us.

In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours. ~Mark Twain

Although to many this may seem to be an exaggeration, here on Vancouver Island this quote from author Mark Twain sums it up rather perfectly.  These days we need to bring an umbrella, a winter coat, and a t-shirt with us at all times as the weather changes as quickly it arrives.  Ahh, the bucolic life on the west coast…




  1. avatar Michael W Criswell says:

    Great landscape and I love the lines of that barn, enjoy your spring!

  2. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    This sounds just like spring in NY! 🙂
    These views are just beautiful.
    We had a harsh winter too, and some signs of spring actually came about a week earlier than normal, but the past couple of weeks have been very cold and rainy, and everything is kind of at a standstill. Hopefully, things will turn around soon.
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

    • Hi Lisa! Well, our spring continues to be unseasonably chilly and damp, but we are hoping for sunshine and warmth here in the near future! Best wishes to you and yours on the east coast there, and thank you so very much for your kind visit today!