Tag Archives: Alone

“Loner”

“Loner”

“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” 
― John Joseph Powell

Today has been interesting. The week was filled with significant milestones: I posted my 1,00th post and hit my 4 years WordPress anniversary. Then, I took a bit a bit of a break, having to refuel, creatively, and find some new subject matter to focus on.

The weather has been uncooperative and my schedule chaotic, so I’m finding myself reviewing some of my more recent photos, looking for inspiration and looking forward to making a few new images. Now that I am becoming much more selective in my images, I find I have less to ‘fall back’ on.

During this period of a week I’ve been a bit inactive on my blog, only to check in to find I had 2 views in the entire day. That’s a far cry for the hundreds I’ve had in the past few weeks, I guess I need to get active again?

No matter, here’s an image I made a few weeks ago of a singular beech tree surrounded by larger maples. Though it is so much smaller, the beech is still showing off its golden leaves, which it will retain well after the first snow falls of December. I plan on going back to shoot the same image with snow, as I imagine it will be quite lovely.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@78mm

1/100 sec, f/5.0, ISO 400

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“Alone in the Forest”

“Alone in the Forest”

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more”
― George Gordon Byron

Alone, but not for much longer.

Very soon, this Trout Lily will be surrounded by a sea of yellow blossoms.

Once more, I came across an isolated blossom surrounded by many other plants about to bloom. What became evident to me, as I made this low angle image was just how alone the flower ‘seemed’ against the backdrop of the forest. yet, it is not alone at all.

I spend much of my time on trails, in the forest, on the water alone. It’s a conscious choice I make. Being alone, gives me all the time I need to create my images and simply drink in my surroundings, my schedule is my own, the moment, my own. While I do love the companionship of my wife, family, or friends while hiking, that is a different experience altogether. It’s nice to share my sacred places, and talk about the experience, but it’s not the same as the solitary experience. Perhaps my blogging practice is a way for me to share those moments with others in a way that still allows me to ability to recharge in my solitude?

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/1050 sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 20

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“Solitude”

“Solitude”

“Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous – to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.”
― Thomas Mann

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100

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“Unaccompanied”

“Unaccompanied”

“I just like to be alone sometimes, no I’m not angry, no I’m not sad. I just like to be alone. It’s how I recharge” – Unknown

I’m still finding myself reflecting on some of the wonderful moments of late December 2016, including the many solitary hikes on our local trails. I was amazed that there were no other hikers out on several beautiful days after Christmas. The trails had obviously had use prior to these days, as they were nicely packed down by snowshoes and boots, the new snowfall remained undisturbed.

I am absolutely not complaining about this, it just seemed odd for me to have this all to myself. I often find myself hiking unaccompanied, since I tend to be a bit excessive when I get on the trails with my camera. it’s not unusual for me to travel six to ten kilometers in a day. I’m in no hurry and tend to make a circuit of it. Be it summer, winter, spring, or fall, I love being in the outdoors, enjoying and documenting the ever changing  sights. This past December was a treat for me, the trails were clear, temperatures were not extreme, and I had an extended vacation time which allowed me more freedom to do what I love.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/50 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100

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“Overwhelmed”

“Overwhelmed”

“Every choice we make affects the other. It always has… We share our choices and our burdens. But that way neither of us has to carry the weight alone—You have never been alone.”
― Olivia Fuller

I debated for some time on the title of this image. First I considered the plant was bowing its head and as I looked at it more I settled on “Overwhelmed”, as it really was folding under the sheer weight of snow it was holding. Many of its neighbours were also straining under the weight of snow produced by the day long stream of soft, light, flakes. They too were bending but not quite folded over like this one. It’s really quite amazing just how much of a burden they can carry before either toppling or shifting slightly, losing their cargo and snapping upright once more.

There are all sort of analogies to life here, aren’t there? How often do small things in our lives accumulate till one day we too shift under the load, some able to shake it off while others find themselves near breaking, unable to snap back.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 80 mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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“I Stand Alone” – Markham, Ontario

“I Stand Alone” - Markham, Ontario

“Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.”
― John Green

This must be the most photographed tree in Markham, a community just south of my home. This oak stands at the top of a convenient mound, nicely isolating the tree from any distracting background. It’s not a true ‘solitaire’ by my definition, as there is a companion tree not to far from it, but it neighbour is not nearly as nicely shaped as this one is.

The tree stand on this hill, in the middle of a local farm field and the road runs next to it, offering many opportunities to pull over and make a photograph. Many times, while driving past, I’ve witness a photographer or two capturing their own image of this beauty.

I made this image a few days ago, on a warm early summer morning. The sun was just high enough to light it well, without being overly bright and still casting some warm hues on the leaves and the freshly harvested field. All that’s missing, in my opinion, is s few puffy summer clouds and I would be happy to stare at it for hours, almost feeling the warm sun and hearing the insects buzzing.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom
@ 220 mm
1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200

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