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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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On Fire

The setting sun set fire to the marsh, engulfing the cattails in flames.

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The Three Giants

While towering and imposing, they were still gracious enough to let a sunbeam or two through their defenses.

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Ice Storm 4

As it is the New Year, everyone is talking about resolutions – mostly how to make them, but also how funny it is that we make them (’cause they will most likely be broken, and soon). So let me add my voice to the chorus:

I resolve this year to notice shapes and textures, shadows and sparkles, light and movement and beauty and simplicity and lines and contrast and colour and everything that makes the world so astounding that I can’t help but gasp. And then I will snap my shutter. But I will do my darndest to notice first, drink it all in, and THEN to capture it all. It’s good for the soul. And I resolve to then share my images here with you. Shouldn’t be too hard to keep this one…I hope!

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Ice Storm 1

Growing up out west, we had our share of weather phenomenon to endure and appreciate, but nothing like an ice storm. My favourite was always hoar frosts, where you’d wake up to a world covered in snow crystals. But freezing rain creates an entirely different effect – the world is covered in ice, making a sparkling glass kingdom out of nature. It is truly breathtaking. After 3 winters out East, I hope I never lose this sense of awe and wonder I have when witnessing an ice storm.

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The warmth of winter

Even in the bitter cold, a little bit of sunshine goes a long way to adding a layer of warmth to these winter days.

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In my neighbour’s yard 3

Dark understory, bright overstory, and a wide angle lens – suddenly I’m transported from a backyard garden to a world where Ents exist.

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In my neighbour’s yard 2

While the roses are long gone, there is still much to appreciate in a fall garden.

It was really hard to meter this correctly, ensuring the frost sparkled, but didn’t get washed out, and trying not to get the leaves to show up as black. Every leaf was on a different plane, too, so I had to tweak the depth of field to get certain leaves but not others in focus. While this image captures the essence of the glittered rose leaves that morning, it can probably be improved on. No matter, I definitely learned a lot in the process of composing this image. And I can always head back down the road to my neighbour’s yard to try again some day.

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