Monthly Archives: March 2014

A tangible sky

It took it’s sweet time, but it appears as if spring has finally arrived. While I could show you pictures of the melting snow, the singing robins, or the kids on bikes, what really stood out for me today was the colour of the sky after the sun went down. It had this incredible quality to it – something tangible, something that gave pause to the busyness of the day. In shades of mint and teal, indigo and turquoise, the sunny spring day turned to night, and there was hope that winter was putting herself to rest.

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Hollow

Looking up through a hollowed out pine snag, amazed at the sheer size of this old giant.

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Taken with smartphone, at Brittania Park, looking for owls.

 

 

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Spring sun

The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and this week I, too, have found myself sitting in a sunbeam with my eyes half-closed, enjoying the tiniest hints of spring.

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Mourning dove on an oak branch at sunset.

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From the Archives: Fishermen at dawn

A long time ago, I went backpacking for 3 months through Africa. The morning of our long voyage home, knowing that a once in a lifetime trip was wrapping up, I woke at dawn to walk on the beaches of Nungwi, Zanzibar. A storm was passing on the horizon, and the fishermen were waiting in their boats for the tides, to begin their day’s work.

This image brings back a flood of memories – the emotions of saying good-bye to this amazing continent, the electricity in the air from the storm, and the friendliness of the fishermen, who bade me join them for breakfast on their boat (which I did). Travel is in my blood; pictures are what keep the memories alive. I can’t imagine my life without travel and photography.

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So tired

Maybe it’s the lingering cold and snow, maybe it’s changing the clocks, maybe it’s March break and having the kids around all day, but man, am I ever bagged. I should follow this guy’s lead and get some sleep.

And while he looks cozy enough, I think I prefer my bed over a tree branch – much more comfy.

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Get Outside!

We just got back from a walk in the woods at Baxter Conservation Area, which has some great trails in the forests along the Rideau River. What an incredible day! It’s gorgeous out there – if you’re experiencing a hit of spring weather like we are in the Ottawa Valley, oh my goodness get outside and enjoy the sun, the melting snow, the porcupines in the trees and the purple finches singing.

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Rural Abstracts 4

Windswept corn left fallow in the field last fall; and this weekend, I’ll be starting seeds indoors, anticipating spring and new growth around the corner.

And the seasons go full circle.

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Rural Abstracts 3

I need to spend more time photographing old barns;  I never get tired of all their contrasts, textures, lines and patterns.

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Rural Abstracts 2

The ducks took flight, evading visible obstacles, as well as an unseen predator, filling the sky with their motion.

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Rural Abstracts 1

A drive through the countryside with nothing but flat, gray light and a bleak end-of-winter landscape forced me to see the world through different eyes.

I rarely stretch my imagination like this, as I prefer to take pictures of nature being beautiful, but looking for lines and contrast instead of colour and detail gives me a new perspective, and  helps me to develop my creativity.

And, well, it’s just fun, with neat results!

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This image I took at my recently found birch grove. I’m so excited about it! Birch is my favourite tree, so to find a dense stand nearby allows me to revisit frequently, and play around with the trees photographically. You’ll be seeing more of this forest through the months.

This image isn’t post-processed, except for a little change in contrast. I used the blur technique, where you set a slightly slower shutter speed, and move the camera up or down while taking the picture. Easy to do, with interesting results – try it!

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