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“Afternoon Snack”


On a dull chilly day, what do you photograph? A snack, of course.

“Ramping up to Spring” – Wild Leeks at Stouffville Reservoir

“Ramping up to Spring” - Wild Leeks at Stouffville Reservoir

“When the time has come, every leaf turns to face the sun!”
― Akilnathan Logeswaran

“Ramps” or wild leeks (Allium tricoccum) are native North American plant and among the first plants to appear in moist woods, once the frost comes out of the ground. Because of the mild start we had to March, I thought I’d go out to see if anything had started to push through the ground yet. To my surprise, much of the ground remained firm, with a thin layer of frost still holding on in the shade of the forest.

Despite the frost, I did spot a few leeks pushing past the layer of last year’s leaves, yet other areas will likely be a few weeks behind as the sun slowly warms the ground. I also saw some traces of Spring Beauties leafing out at the bases of beech trees, which they seem to favour.

In a few more weeks the forest floor will be vibrant with bright greens, pinks, reds, whites and yellows as the wildflowers follow their annual pattern of emergence. And then, at the right time, I will return to this place, surrounded by warmth and colour, to carefully harvest a few handfuls of the delicious leeks to make a pot of potato-leek soup and formally welcome spring and its bounty.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm
1/160 sec, f/7.1, ISO 250

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“Bronze Fish”

“Bronze Fish” - by artist Jean Horne - Canadian National Exh

I love fine details and textures. It’s especially those little details I notice after having walked by something dozens of times and I find myself wondering, “Why did I not notice that earlier?”

One of the joys of photography is being able to capture those moments and reflect on them later. Above is a bronze statue of fish outside the Food Building at the Canadian National Exhibition. I’ve been going to the “EX” since I was a kid, and spent a fair amount of time inside the food building. In that time, I suppose that I have never exited via the west-facing doors? Not sure, but I certainly never noticed this interesting statue by Jean Horne. It has a very Art Deco look and I like how it’s installed over a small reflecting pool. How many other have walked past this statue and never noticed it? It is incredible, in  our busy world, how we can miss so much. I’m just happy to be able to slow it down for a moment, to enjoy that moment, and to be able to take it with me, as a photo.

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-2000mm @ 80mm
1/250 sec @ f/8, ISO 250

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“Warm Spring Day in Vieux Montreal”

“Vieux-Port Montreal”

A very pleasant day in Old Montreal.

In my 50 some years growing up in Canada, I missed this marvel of culture. I know it has existed in various iterations and many of my friend s have enjoyed this cultural gem in my absence. I discovered Old Montreal a few years ago, while visiting with cousins and long to return whenever I get the chance, especially on recent business trips.

Montreal has a gorgeous “Old Town” near the port of area Montreal known as  “Vieux Port Montreal”. This area is known for its European look and feel (and some rather fine restaurants).

This particular photo was made in late May. The day was unusually hot for the time of year and Betty and I spent some time touring around and enjoying the atmosphere, before sitting down for a wonderful dinner at a local steak house. The nice thing about May is the soft light at the end of the day and how it filters down the narrow streets.

This was a fairly complex photo in that it was significantly underexposed to avoid blowing out all the details in the sky and background buildings. I spent a bit of time dodging and adjusting shadows in Adobe RAW to bring out the details in the foreground to capture the interactions of the people in the street, which was an important part of this composition.

In the end, I was pleased with the details I was able to recover for the shadows to recreate the scene as I saw it that warm, late spring day, a few months back.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm @ 70mm
1/200 sec @ f/7.1, ISO 250

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“Belleville Harbour at Dusk”

Belleville Harbour at Dusk

I made this photo a few years ago while travelling to Montreal with my wife and her cousins from California. We spent a day touring Prince Edward County and decide to stay the night in Belleville, Ontario. When looking for a good local restaurant, we were directed to “The Boathouse” restaurant, which sits on Belleville’s harbour. The food was amazing and our stay timed out just right to see the sunset.  As we sat by the window, enjoying our meal and overlooking the harbour, the setting sun lit up the sky in an amazing display of colours. I did not have my photo gear with me but was able to capture the moment through the window with my iPhone.

iPhone 4
1/120 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 100