AVONPORT - Roving Kings County photographer Phil Vogler has struck a chord with residents of the Annapolis Valley.
The picturesque views of the Annapolis Valley have stopped Vogler in his tracks on many occasions. And Feb. 27 was no exception.
Vogler happened to be travelling along Highway 101 in an area commonly known as Avonport Mountain in time to capture the sun setting on the valley below after a gorgeous sunny day.
“It's a gateway to the Valley, a place where the beauty of the Annapolis Valley hits you with a panoramic view of the land along with the Minas Basin, maybe akin to someone from Cape Breton driving up to the causeway. To me, it's the feeling of finally being home, just a few more miles,” said Vogler.
He hopped on the back of his truck, and captured the breathtaking moment in time through his camera’s lens.
“It's one of those iconic views that everyone living in the Valley can relate to. Besides being a beautiful vista, we all seem to have that ‘almost home’ feeling when we see it,” said Vogler.
A regular contributor to the Valley Journal-Advertiser and Annapolis Valley Register, Vogler shared the photo with the local publications and was pleasantly surprised to see it go viral on the Kings County Advertiser and Register Facebook page. Within two days, the post had garnered 51 comments, 577 likes and 468 shares to reach more than 55,500 people.
“It's not the first time that I have taken a picture from there. This particular time we were coming back from Halifax after taking some furniture into my youngest son, and I stopped to take the usual shot and had the back of the (truck) to give me another four feet of elevation,” said Vogler.
“I smiled when I saw the like-minded comments on the Kings County Advertiser and Register Facebook page. It seems it's a universal feeling for (people from the Valley).”
Facebook user Kim Kennedy wrote: “This view tells me in five minutes I could be standing at my parents’ door, turning the handle to walk into the kitchen.”
Several commenters indicated that the photo evokes a sense of homecoming, or yearning to be home.
“My favourite view in the whole world,” wrote Elizabeth Langdon Prevost. “Makes my heart happy.”