As winter approaches here on Vancouver Island, the sense of excitement builds in our house. Snow doesn’t come often, but when it does it reveals scenes and landscapes that are unique to the island.
We spent an afternoon in November of 2010 chasing these scenes, driving up and down the island looking for glimpses of something special to capture. A new back-road we’d never been on before meandered through the Nanaimo Valley area, and as we came around a corner we were greeted by this scene. Knowing the effect would only last seconds, we scrambled out of the car and managed to capture this picture. Everyone who sees it immediately believes that there is fire dancing above the trees, but this isn’t the case. This is a phenomenon of fog on an icy day with the sun setting in the background. The dichotomy of fire and ice was not lost on us and to this day this remains a picture that takes on a metaphorical presence of sorts, one that expresses a fiery passion for our craft tempered against a cold and relentless landscape.
Just as this scene came and went in the blink of eye, life is fleeting. The love we feel for the world we live in and this wonderful island we call home reveals special moments, if only we are aware and receptive to experiencing them. This all forms a part of the journey of discovery we call life.
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