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“Autumn Fracture” 

“When our thoughts are unsettled and our inner world is in a muddle, we may sharpen our wits and try to recognize the invisible edges of our fractured stance. If we seek to figure out, what our life story is all about, we may be able to put the missing pieces in place and identify what is driving us, what we are actually up to and why we are running like mad dogs, sometimes. 
― Erik Pevernagie

The title for this image came quickly, prompted by the ‘cracked’ look of the image, caused by a weave of bright white branches across the frame. The image is like a summary of the fall colours, from bright yellows, to reds, and splatterings of red.

The reds were the original intention of the photo. I thought they would look nice against the yellows and fiery oranges of the bushes behind. I paid no heed to the branches in the foreground, figuring they would be blurred out. But, that’s the wonder of this style of image creation. The would not be denied and made their presence known as ‘cracks’. They are actually the branches of the highbush cranberry shrub which bears the read berries of my attention. So, the entire top layer is that particular bush and sequential layers fade to eventually end in blue sky.

I must admit that I enjoy the effect and it’s caused me to spend quite a bit of time considering the image and its complexities. despite appearing broken, it’s an image filled with energy and life which will not be discounted.

It also seems a fitting conclusion to my “Golden Paths” series, which I have so enjoyed producing. The image is, for me, a summary of the journey, the blending of colours and emotions, ending in a grande finale of light and colour.

The “Golden Paths” series, while a joy to produce, also posed challenges of ‘culling’ many images that would have fit, but offered a weaker narrative than I wanted. It has been a significant step on my journey as an artist, trying to express often deeply emotional subjects effectively. I thank you all for joining me on this leg of the journey. More to come.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/36.0, ISO 100

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“The Turning”

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” 
― Terry Pratchett

Exiting the forest proper, I’m on the edge of a thin poplar stand, the path turns to one side and I’m faced with this tangle of bright sapling and fiery glow from the beeches and maples behind them.

The turning, is part of a cycle, which repeats over and over, yet each time I pass though, I see more and appreciate it even more. In this case, it’s not a turning back, it’s a re-turn, looking forward, with a slightly different set of eyes and experiences than the first time through.

The image also catches another turning, the change in the forest from yellows to golds and orange. Though subtle now, within the next few days I will be bidding a fond farewell to yellow once more and the coppery-orange of the beech trees begins to dominate. The Golden Path is shifting once more as the journey continues and I take another turn towards its conclusion, but based on the number of images I still have to go through, that may still be a while, and I’m good with that.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

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“Respite” 

Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you’ve closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart. – Desmond Tutu

After hiking through a fairly dark and dull patch of forest, I was greeted with this ‘gateway’ of light, a respite, from the dark. Though dark shadows still lurk at the periphery, they merely ‘lurk’. They are inconsequential, yet necessary, as they frame and  actually ‘enhance’ the golden light streaming from ahead and above.

This is yet another one of those places I’ve passed through many times. Yes, the forest is always a bit dark and foreboding here, though I know I will emerge soon. Yet today, the light was incredible, tinted yellow by the thick poplars which line the edge of the forest, the slightest slivers of blue sky adding their voice as well. Small patches of cool, bright light, shimmer from the path just in front of me, but they pale in comparison with the warm, golden light ahead.

I’ve spent some time considering this photo and the many analogies which can be drawn from it and will be spending more time with it, though the journey along this “Golden Path” must also continue forward. I will revel in this brief respite from the darkness and move forward to see what the light has to offer me next.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

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“Standing Alone, My Sense Reel”

“Standing alone, my senses reel
Fatal attraction that’s holding me fast
Now, can’t escape this irresistible grasp
Can’t keep my eyes from the circling sky
Tongue-tied and twisted; just an earth-bound misfit, I”
– Pink Floyd

I really struggled with the title for this image. It’s as overwhelming to me now, when I’m editing and posting the image, as it was the day I made it. The image was made as I entered a very familiar stand of poplars. Once more, an area I have hiked through immeasurable times over the past few years. Yet today, ah today, the colour danced and wove together in a profusion that literally made my senses reel. My deepest hope was that I could capture even some small semblance of this vision. Layers upon layers of fiery colours fill my vision, leaving me breathless as I scan up and down this kaleidoscope of brilliance.

The lyrics to Pink Floyd’s “Learning to Fly” came to my mind as I considered the image, yet the words fall short of conveying this sensory overload. It’s surreal and otherworldly and I find myself somewhat disturbed by it.

In this single image, I see a glint of what I hope to achieve through these abstractions: a very slight disturbance, which forces the viewer to consider there may be more to the image. Something which causes you to dig deeper into what you are seeing and extracting some of the moment, the energy, the reality, and expanding your vision beyond what a still image can hope to achieve. The detail is there, but the movement brings forth so much more. By seeing more, we are all, learning to fly.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

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“Gold Flecks”

“By walking on the right path, you create a golden fate for yourself and you also become a silver lining for the others!” 
― Mehmet Murat Ildan

I find myself frequently drawn to quotes from Mehmet Ildan as his words so wonderfully pair with my images and my life journey. I am thankful for those, like Mehet, who can so wonderfully express in words, that which I struggle with.

This “Golden Paths” series is all about the journey and appreciating our surroundings, in the moment. There have been mundane moments along this journey, through dark flat forest scenes and monotonous stretches of ‘sameness’, but they have all led me into jaw dropping moments, like the one above, where the sun made the golden foliage light up with an unbelieveable energy. I literally stood transfixed, hoping I would be able to effectively capture this moment, so others could enjoy it with me. The leaves looked gilded, shimmering in the light. They almost looked metallic, they were so bright. It was, magical and awe inspiring.

Hopefully, as the quote states, I’m able to provide a silver lining for you?

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

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“Shining Brightly”

“Let your light shine as an inspiration to humanity and BE THE REASON someone believes in the goodness of people.” 
― Germany Kent

This combination of colours make my heart soar. It’s all light and movement. Despite the dark shadows behind them the bright poplar trunks are like beacons in comparison. The golden leaves against the cerulean sky is like a royal robe spread across the sky. The whole scene dazzles with light and brightness.

This image was made on part two of my “Golden Paths” journey, a new day and a slight change in colours. I’ve seen these polars hundreds of times, in different seasons. They stand at the north trailhead of the Secord Forest trail system, which I frequent often. Despite their location as trailhead markers, they have never been a subject of my photography. Partially, because hydro lines run in front of them, which distract for their beauty. Yet, this day, the light and camera angle allowed me to photograph them from a slightly different vantage point, eliminating the wires from the composition.

To those embarking on their journey into photography, I say this, “Never discount a subject, as future opportunities may surprise you. As you hone your skills, technique and circumstance will open up opportunities you had never anticipated.” Such was the case with this composition. I shot from a location that did not seem ideal, but the elements aligned for what I believe is a nice representation of this late October scene.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

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“A Many Splendoured Thing”

“Living with love for all humankind and worshiping nature’s immense beauty cures heartache and restores bliss. Respecting the splendor of nature awakens us to the beauty inscribing our own humanity.” 
― Kilroy J. Oldster

Every now and then, a quote just ‘fits’ the photo so well. The ‘aliveness’ experienced at moments like this, standing on a trail and bearing witness to such simple marvels is a spiritual experience. Even looking back on the image, during a busy, stress filled workday, calms me, knowing just how temporary it all is.

To think that this ‘moment’ is merely a single stopping place along the way further enriches me.

I’m really enjoying the creation of this “Golden Paths” series, as I’m deliberately progressing along the trail and through time. Reflecting back on these places is therapeutic for me. Recalling the feelings on being on the trails, in this case, with my wife and oldest daughter, especially as I write at the end of long workdays. The act of reviewing the photos, recalling the moment, and writing about it offers a wonderful respite from the day’s stresses. I hope the effect is contagious.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/20.0, ISO 100

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