Monthly Archives: May 2017

“Strawberry Blossoms”

“Strawberry Blossoms”

“The early dew-falls that did a pristine coating,
over the woods with its finest transparency,
glazed as like its wet white-glassy earrings that hung on the ears of wild flowers—unlatched my fancy.”
― Nithin Purple

The spring flowers continue, including fresh strawberry blossoms in the backyard. The plants are volunteers, likely from seeds deposited by a bird. The plants have spread throughout a corner of the garden and have in past years produced sparse fruit, which is quickly eaten by birds.

I was out yesterday morning after a brief shower had passed, leaving the leaves bejewelled with droplets of mist. The composition was just ready for a quick snap. It leaves me with an impression of freshness.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/50 sec, f/14.0 ISO 100

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“Happy 90th Lois”

“Happy 90th Lois”

“God give me work, till my life shall end
And life, till my work is done.”

I married her youngest daughter twenty-six years ago and have grown to appreciate a loving a caring mother-in-law. Through good times and bad times, she has been a constant example of solid faith and patience. Always ready to help in any way she can.

This short post really does not do justice to what she represents to me, and my family. We are just so happy to have had her in our lives for so many years. So, today we celebrate 90 years of love and caring. 90 years loved.

The wonderful cake pictured above was made by our neighbour, as a centerpiece.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/29.0 ISO 100

“Forget-Me-Not”

“Forget-Me-Not”

“Forget-me-nots… She loved those flowers more than any other in their big beautiful garden or in the whole wide world for that matter. They were sky blue, just like his eyes, they held a promise… Forget me not.”
― Melanie Sargsian

Well, here I am, back to living flowers. It can be partially attributed to the rain finally letting off, for today at least. It’s been terribly wet this spring, and even as I write, sun streaming in my window, dark clouds loom to the west, so it may be a short-lived reprieve.

I did take the opportunity this morning to step into the yard and snap a few photos of my early bloomers. Amongst the planted flowers, I keep getting clumps of Forget-Me-Nots. “Volunteers” from a previous neighbour, I usually weed them out quickly after their first blooming, lest they take over. Such a beautiful, delicate little flower, yet prolific in seeds.

Since the morning light was soft and indirect, I was able to keep the background a bit more muted. Along the theme of my studio work, I like to be able to isolate the blossoms, so that I can focus on them alone, without visual distractions in the background. In this  case, I believe it also compliments the image and adds a bit of mood to the scene.

Of course, shooting outdoors, with even a very slight breeze, required a faster shutter speed and wider aperture to keep the image crisp.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/100 sec, f/9.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Nod to the Endless Night”

“Nod to the Endless Night”

“At the temple there is a poem called “Loss” carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it.”
― Arthur Golden

The title for this image came to me right away, though I’m not sure I fully understand it yet. The ‘nodding’ of the fading blossoms invokes images of weariness, not death. This is the stark contrast I find when photographing these blossoms. They are tired looking, yet often brighter than they were in their prime.

It is inevitable, what comes next, the endless night, a passing from this world. Yet, there is the final brightness, which for some reason, I have become keenly aware of lately. As in the quote above, it has become more of a feeling than something that can be expressed effectively in words. It leaves me pondering the image and the multiple feelings it’s invoking for me.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/36.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Fade into You”

“Fade into You”

“I want to hold the hand inside you
I want to take a breath that’s true
I look to you and I see nothing
I look to you to see the truth
You live your life
You go in shadows
You’ll come apart and you’ll go blind
Some kind of night into your darkness
Colors your eyes with what’s not there.
– Mazzy Star

My recent fascination with the colour, texture, and form of dead or dying flowers continues. It seems strange, at this time of year, with all the new growth, that I am struck by another form of beauty. Perhaps it’s the brevity of these blossoms that has me wanting to document them as they wither? There is a real beauty, and stunningly vibrancy to the colours, which seem to intensify as the petals dry out.

The drying process also causes them to open up and reveal previously hidden structures.

As I considered this lovely purple tulip the song “Fade Into You”, by Mazzy Star, with its haunting melody, came to mind. Once more, I’m not sure why, but that seems to be the way of things lately. I’m hoping some day these connections will be revealed and it will all make sense.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/29.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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Thursday Doors | May 25, 2017

“Royal Ontario Museum - Events Entrance”

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.

“Royal Ontario Museum – Events Entrance”

Today, A return to the east side, and the former main entrance of the Royal Ontario, or ROM, as it is known locally. This image was made at the same time as my previous ROM door image back in March. These doors, are a closer view of the right hand door of the three sets of doors that make up this entrance. This image shows off a bit more of the beautiful carving above the door. On further inspection, which was not possible from the wider image, the iron florets  and handles are also very interesting and it would appear that the right handle door handle was broken and repaired at one time.

As the sign says, the doors are used for, or were at one time used for special events, though I can’t recall ever seeing anyone use them.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/120 sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 32

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“Late May Lilacs”

“Late May Lilacs”

“The lilac branches are bowed under the weight of the flowers: blooming is hard, and the most important thing is – to bloom.”
― Yevgeny Zamyatin

It’s hard to believe that May is almost over. It seemed a long time coming and has passed all too quickly. I also tend to measure time in familiar events. An example is tied directly to lilacs. When my wife and I married twenty-six years ago, we waited anxiously, hoping that the lilacs and lily of the valley would be blooming. Plans had been made to incorporate white lilacs from her family’s home farm into our decorations, as well as her bouquet. So, we waited, as a cooler than normal spring passed and finally warmed, producing both lilacs and lily of the valley, just in time for our wedding.

This year followed a very similar pattern, and on our anniversary date, a few hearty lilacs where blooming, as well as a lesser number of lily of the valley. I can also recall the roadsides virtually festooned with lilacs as we drove south to Vermont for our honeymoon. It brings a smile to my face as I see the roads once more adorned with these beautiful, fragrant bushes and think back fondly to when  we started out on this journey together. All is as it should be and every year brings a promise renewed.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/36.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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