Posts Tagged ‘Weathered’

This is a place I am drawn to, like a moth to a flame.  Each visit reveals new vignettes, new little stories featured in a way I didn’t notice before.  Either that, or somehow it’s changed.  This is a place that captures and reflects light in unique ways.   Each season, each time of day […]

The Red Barn

Posted: 27th December 2013 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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The first snow of the season heralds in a sense of excitement here on Vancouver Island.  Snow doesn’t come every year, much to the surprise of locals and folks who ponder a snowless Canadian winter.  Turn on the TV in Canada and pretty much the entire country is experiencing sub-zero temperatures and thick coats of […]

Edmund Picoti Cole was the Master of HMS Fisgard during the British Admiralty Surveys of the coast in 1846, and Cole Island is named after him.  Within 60 years of this survey 16 magazines had been constructed on the island as well as some other buildings, one of which we’ll be discussing in a future […]

As we continue to photograph buildings of heritage significance here on Vancouver Island, one of the questions that keeps popping up time and time again is “did you get inside?”  This is a fair question, and one we wish we could always answer with a resounding yes, but this isn’t always possible.  Sometimes the facilities […]

Fate favors the prepared, I’ve heard it said many times.  Life on the west coast of Canada is a peaceful existence, the concept of an active war or military confrontation on our shores is a notion that is nearly impossible to fathom.  But that wasn’t always the case, and in the mid 1800′s as Britain […]

Ian’s Coffee Stop

Posted: 15th October 2013 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Never underestimate the power of a community.  Most people would see at first glance a quickly deteriorating art-deco building in the heart of a city.  This is simply the veneer, the real story lies a little deeper.  The real story is about Ian Turner, a man who would enthusiastically greet and interact with pretty much […]

Dreams are the fuel for goals.  It’s that desire to see our dreams come true that drives many of us to do the things we do in life.  No matter how odd or strange a dream may be to someone, the beholder sees something personal and meaningful.  Mrs. Toad and I have a dream like […]

The future is very murky for this grand old hotel, its next chapter remains to be written.  It’s been a while since Mrs. Toad and I were on the west coast of Vancouver Island on a photo-excursion and when we recently visited the Sooke area and found this landmark in its current state it was […]

A little fixer-upper, needs a touch of paint, some insulation, some new siding, and a few other odds and sods.  Situated right on the beach, or well, near it anyways, this lovely little starter home looks out over some of the finest views on Vancouver Island.  It comes complete with a leaky rowboat that requires […]

Headlights In The Field

Posted: 23rd September 2013 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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It’s a real good thing I never grew up here.  I would have been in and out of the hospital non-stop for tetanus shots and to sew back on appendages that would have mysteriously been liberated from my body.  No matter how hard my mom would have tried, it would have been pointless, there’s no […]