“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.” ― Roman Payne
Linda has a spectacular gift for painting images of the Arctic, capturing it’s raw beauty in her magnificent paintings. The Arctic has become a place which is extremely special to her. She has made several trips there and is documenting the significant changes happening there due to climate change through her art.
Linda recently began renovations to this century old, former stage coach stop, transforming it into an art gallery, classroom, workshop, and studio. If you happen to be in the Maynooth area, please drop in and view her art as well as those of other local artists.
iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 @4.2mm
1/320 sec; f/2.2; ISO 32
Winter can be such a thing of wonderment. The photo above was made in December of 2014 while on a trip to A Place for The Arts, an artist cooperative in Bancroft, which I am a member of. The drive was generally uneventful, with the occasional blowing snow and a few drifts over the road. There had been a slight warming the day before and a quick cooling down which created a marvelous, almost magical, frosting on the tree branches along the road. It was beautiful to see the frost shining and twinkling in the trees along the road but it was not till we got into open areas with higher elevation that this effect really revealed itself. Along the far shores of Paudash Lake there are several high ridges and all the trees on these ridges were completely encrusted in a thick, pure white, layer of frost. I have rarely seen a scene of such intense purity as it dazzled in the mid-morning sunlight.
This is like a scene from Narnia where the White Queen has made her presence known in ice and snow. The frosted pines along the shore just accent the effect. A photo can hardly convey this type of scene, but this one come as close as I could have wished for. By early afternoon the frost had melted, or been disturbed by the wind, and the drive home was nowhere near as beautiful.
Now, when I drive along this lakeshore, even in summertime, and look at this shoreline, I will always be reminded of this particular moment in time, when winter came visiting the Paudash shores.
Nikon D300 Nikor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 78mm 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200
This beautiful statue sits outside the Canada Post Office at Sparks Street and Elgin St.
I was standing outside, waiting for the rest of my group to mail something and thought this might make a nice photo. It was mid-morning and the light was softened by a low cloud deck. All the elements seemed to be aligned. The colour version was quite nice, but I really like him in black and white. All the tones and structure seem so much more pronounced. There is something about stone carvings that appeals to me. I can imagine the artist working on it and carving all the fine details. The other nice feature about this statue that I am more aware of now, is that it is not covered with ‘anti-pigeon’ spikes. I see that in a lot of old buildings lately. It was not something obvious, but when I review the photos I can’t help but notice. The netting and spikes keep the stone clean, but they sure a distraction from the fine workmanship. I guess it’s all about compromise.
Nikon D300 Tamron 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm 1/400 sec @ f/10, ISO 250