A Blue Winter Fog

Posted: 17th January 2018 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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As we made our way through the backroads of Cowichan Valley here on Vancouver Island, the rains had stopped and the air was still, creating thick layers of fog.  Coming up over the top of a hill we looked down upon the town of Chemainus and saw the entire town and ocean inlet was covered in a thick fog that resembled a low-hanging cloud.  Hardly anything was visible at all.  This left us feeling like we were in an airplane flying over massive cloud formations, with just the odd peak at what lay below making itself visible every once in awhile.  We really do love the mood and feel this kind of ethereal ambiance creates so we headed straight for the shores to see what scenes we could find looking out over the ocean.

Foggy Winter Day - Chemainus, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Foggy Winter Day – Chemainus, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The colors were highly muted and the scenes offered very little in terms of dynamic range.  Much of the backdrop disappeared entirely, leaving only glimpses of certain things that looked as if they were peering back at us through a thin veil.  The gentle waters denoted this incredible situation, as any sort of solid wind would blow the fog through the valley and away from the shores.

Foggy Winter Day - Chemainus, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Foggy Winter Day – Chemainus, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

What little that could be seen took on a highly monochromatic look to it, with blue tones dominating the scenes entirely.  In this shot, the mountains barely appear in the distance, casting dramatic and gentle silhouettes.  On a clear day, those giants stand tall and proud, with rugged and majestic forms that feel like they are reaching for the very heavens.

Foggy Winter Day - Chemainus, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Foggy Winter Day – Chemainus, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Looking across the inlet we could see the incredible homes perched on the short cliffs overlooking the ocean.  You would think these images were highly manipulated using monochrome filters, yet this is the way the scene presented itself to us as we stood on the shores looking outward.  In many ways, it felt completely otherworldly, like we had suddenly been transported to a place where color did not exist and a sense of the mystical was the norm.

Such is life on the west coast of Canada.  Living in a rain-forest reveals images that change by the day, by the month, all dependent on how the weather presents itself across this incredible region.  Days like this leave you scrambling for home where the warmth of a fire in the hearth and a cup of hot chocolate are temporary reprieves before you head out on your next great exploration.

Thanks very much for visiting us in our humble corner of the internet here at The Hollow today.  We love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.




  1. Great stuff, I love that first shot, nothing beats a nice fog!

  2. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    There is something so special about wintertime fog, and you have captured that so beautifully here. There is such a wonderful mood to each of these.
    Thank you for sharing here, and I wish you both a wonderful weekend!

  3. avatar Frank King says:

    Superb captures and prose that lovingly illuminates life in that part of Canada. Well done. 🙂

  4. avatar Edith Levy says:

    So wonderfully mysterious Toad. I love fog shots.

    • I always love this time of year here on Vancouver Island, these sorts of scenes come and go and if you are ready for them they can be quite wonderful to experience and photograph! Thanks a ton Edith, we really appreciate your visit and kind words here!

  5. avatar Dahlia Ambrose says:

    Beautiful images and loved reading the story. I did not know rainforests existed in the far North and thought they were found only near the tropics. You live in a very beautiful world and thank you for sharing the story and images with us 🙂

    • Many many thanks for taking the time to visit us here at The Hollow, Dahlia, we sure do appreciate your kind comments! Vancouver Island is an amazing place and we just love to share our story with the world when we can. We look forward to seeing you here again in our humble corner of the internet in the future, have a wonderful week!!