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About recording history

Driving to Chemainus as I do mostly using the byways rather than the highway I admired the bridge replacement across the Chemainus river (I haven’t taken any photographs there for a long time and probably will check on the new development this spring camera in hand) just before entering Chemainus from the south. The old bridge was like the Cowichan Station bridge I have shown in an earlier installment. Driving across that bridge I thought about how time changes things. Life on this Earth is change. These thoughts brought me back to Cowichan Station. When first I arrived here Cowichan Station was a post office, railroad track and important trainstation with a few houses around the post office, and farms. Oh, and a school. It’s still all of that minus the post office (which now is a private residence) and the school (which now is used for community affairs – I think). So from Chemainus I drove back to Cowichan Station to take photographs of the railroad overpass which is situated in the nastiest crook of a country road, single lane traffic, reckoning that at some time it is going to be history. A similar overpass across the Trans Canada Highway south of Duncan to accommodate train traffic to the CPR docks in Cowichan Bay was removed, I think (or remember) about 30 years ago. The Cowichan Station overpass cannot last. In photographic terms the day was dull, nevertheless here is the Cowichan Station’s overpass. The second photograph I took because I’ve been here so often and summer vegetation always totally obscures one of my favourite buildings, St Andrews church (which is no longer used for services). The photograph is taken from the tracks over the road (by the way here is a portrayal of its beautiful inside by Toad Hollow Photography). Another thing I sometimes wonder about is what will happen to our history on line during the alien invasion…My giddy aunt go run for the hills that sort of thing..

cowichan station [BL]

cowichan station [BL]2

At any rate once again I am so glad to have this chat with you, as I’m thinking about preservation of the beauty and authenticity of country roads and rural scenes.

About Joseph de Lange

Before retirement worked in art galleries, a photo studio, offices, and the trades. Don't travel much anymore but still photograph. For the past 5 years 95% of my photography is done with the phone. My prediction for big cameras: DSLRs and their beautiful lenses and even the smaller mirrorless cameras will be mostly a historical footnote in the not too distant future.

9 responses to “About recording history

  1. Boy, if you could remove the wires and poles, this would look like the 18th Century in this shot. Ought to try and Photoshop them out and see what you’ve got. Beautiful…

    • Thank you for your appreciation as well as your suggestion. I have thought, as always, about the impact all this wiring has on the image. Figuring that all of this scene was mostly established early in the 20th century, I was okay with the wiring showing in this photograph. Wired in electricity in rural Canada became commonly available over the first half of, or early in, the 20th century.

  2. Thanks for sharing these– that was one of my favourite biking roads when I lived in the neighbourhood (that, and Telegraph Rd), and equally lovely from the train windows when I used to catch it up and down the island.

  3. Thanks for the mention Joseph! As you know, this is one of our favorite little spots in the valley, too. There is just so much to shoot and take in. I love your sentiments here in this post and share them with you. We feel driven to capture what we can of our heritage and communities before it changes forever. Great shots here, Joseph, both of them are quintessential Vancouver Island, and specifically, Cowichan Valley!!

  4. Beautiful photos, and such a good idea to photograph places like this before it is gone.
    Alien invasion????

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