Posts Tagged ‘Landscape’

Time is a relentless master, forever marching forward and never altering it’s pace.  A boat now lies prone on the banks of the shores of Alert Bay, on Cormorant Island, with only it’s memories, memories that are secret to us now but never forgotten for those who stood upon her deck working the seas.  She […]

The Ethereal Nature Of Winter’s Fog

Posted: 6th January 2016 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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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 […]

Home On The Range

Posted: 21st December 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Home, home on the range…  where the chickens, horses, squirrels, cows, frogs, alpacas, ducks, turkeys and countless other farm creatures play.  OK, that might not have had the greatest cadence to it, but it sure does strike a chord. As the holiday season draws near this year, Mrs. Toad and I find ourselves back at […]

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 […]

My Secret Place

Posted: 14th December 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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We’ve all got spots that we tend to go to for solace, for a moment’s tranquility and peace.  When my mom became ill in the late 1970’s and we moved out to Vancouver Island, I found my spot quickly and came back often for moments of introspection.  This spot is both one of Vancouver Island’s […]

To call this expedition a trip of a lifetime doesn’t really do it justice.  It changed us in our very core, forever.  Being back home in the Cowichan Valley today leaves us yearning to head back up, to see this area of the west coast of Canada in a different season.  We yearn to leave […]

We have just returned from a whirlwind tour of the northern parts of Vancouver Island, visiting three very remote communities in the short span of three days, traveling over 1,000 kilometers and seeing things that have left a permanent and profound impact on us.  This experience will follow us all our lives.  Along with a […]

An Outward View

Posted: 8th May 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Summer is just around the corner now here on Vancouver Island, everything is turning vibrant green and the air is warm.  On a recent excursion, I found myself driving down the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island, enjoying the scenery, the sounds, and the smells of late spring.  With the pace of life being what it […]

The Edge Of The World

Posted: 30th March 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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As the gulls circled overhead on the constant lookout for their next meal, a gentle cold wind made the grasses dance and the waves lap against the shore.  Vancouver Island is an amazing place, one that reveals natural treasures from every vantage.  Some of the most beautiful scenes are those where you look outward towards […]

A Pastel Sunset

Posted: 24th March 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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As I stood atop Split Rock Lookout at the crest of the Malahat Highway, the sun began to drift below the horizon behind me.  As the moments ticked by, the temperatures dropped and a frigid feel began to accompany the sense of wonder I had while I patiently waited for the moment I had come […]