Monthly Archives: December 2016

“December Trails”

“December Trails” - Durham Forest

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell

This image, made on the same day as yesterday’s post, this view of the beech lined trails of one of the East Duffins Headwaters trail system, near Uxbridge, Ontario, is a testament to the beauty that can still be experienced in the winter months. Cross country skiers, hikers, and dog walkers have all enjoyed this trail before me. The snow squalls from the previous week deposited about a foot of soft snow which stuck to everything and stayed there for several days, still the winds began to blow some of it off.

It really was a winter wonderland, hiking below the canopy of snow-covered branches, the temperatures just cool enough to remind me winter had arrived. But, what really dominated the scene for me was the warm glow of the beach trees, holding on to their leaves when all others have long since dropped.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 85 mm
1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100

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“Gold Among the Pines”

“Gold Among the Pines”

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
― Jack Kerouac

I was looking for a non-typical photo for this Christmas Day and decided on this image I made last week. A beautifully lit beach tree, surrounded by a blanket of fresh fallen snow and framed by pine trees. It’s a simple composition that brings a feeling of peace and wonder to me when I look at it. The leaves fairly shimmered when the scant sunlight hit them, making the tree glow against the darker background. I’m enjoying a calm and relaxed Christmas Day with my family. My children are all home for a few days, a simple gift that I’m truly enjoying.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/40 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200

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“Christmas Chrysanthemum”

“Christmas Chrysanthemum”

“This is the sacred secret of love. Love a person for their heart and only their heart, and you will be rewarded with the best unconditional love in return. If you ignore the heart and focus just on a person’s outer beauty, love will ignore you. Love a person for only the beauty found in their heart, and that beautiful heart will always be beautiful to you.”
― Suzy Kassem

Now that I’m on vacation for a few days, I decided to spend a bit of time in my studio and do some floral shots to brighten the early winter days leading to Christmas. It’s so nice to be able to buy floral bouquets locally in even the coldest weather (being careful to wrap them for the car ride). I deliberately chose a selection of red and white flowers, in keeping with a Christmas theme.

I must admit, I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for chrysanthemums and have had good success photographing them in the past. The white ones were a bit more challenging, since the brightness tends to wash out details and to underexpose them causes all the foliage to be too dark.

This image seems to be a good balance and captured the warm glow of the flowers nicely, I think.

Now I have a nice selection of birds and flowers to share over the next few days. I’m also only a few days away from my 2016 goal of posting a photo every single day. It’s been a lot of fun and has kept me looking for inspiration on even the dullest days.

Thanks to all who follow, like, comment, and engage with me on this quest, it’s a lot of fun and I continue to meet interesting and creative people from around the world here. My son recently asked me if I would continue this into 2017 and I don’t see a reason why not.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 130 mm
1 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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Thursday Doors – December 22, 2016

“Notre Dame Cathedral Doors” - Montreal

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

The grand doors of Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal. As in the case of many popular locations, I had to wait a while till there was nobody entering or exiting via these front doors.

It does always surprise me, when I review my photos of things I think I know well, all the details my brain seems to filter out. Things like the chains to hold the doors open, the light recesses in the floor just to the sides of the door, and those annoying spike to keep pigeons away from the ledge above the door. I hope you enjoy losing yourself in the details as well.

 

“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”

“Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming”

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen,
aus einer Wurzel zart,
wie uns die Alten sungen,
von Jesse war die Art
Und hat ein Blümlein bracht
mitten im kalten Winter,
wohl zu der halben Nacht.
– author Unknown

Today, a break from the birds and an image of a rose from a recently purchased bouquet. The image got one of my favourite Christmas carols rolling through my head. Growing up in a German household, the original words take me back to simpler times and my parents, sister, and grandmother. My parents and grandmother have all since passed away, leaving only memories.

The music is so familiar, yet the English version, by Theodore Baker (1894), now dominates my brain, until I look back on the German words and it all comes rushing back to me. I can almost smell the sweet fragrances of childhood at home and see the smiles of loved ones, now gone.

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,
From tender stem hath sprung.
Of Jesse’s lineage coming,
As men of old have sung;
It came, a flow’ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

So, I consider and share this image of a red winter rose, a flower my father could cultivate with ease, as a connection to faith, family, and the simple beauty that was and is Christmas season; a bright rose, that warms dark, cold days; whose fragrance reminds me of warm days in the garden, and symbolizes love for so many of us. As Christmas rapidly approaches, my wish is that all of us can keep an eye open for these small glimpses of beauty and calm, and feel a sense of peace throughout the holidays.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 130 mm
1 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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