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Thursday Doors – October 06, 2016

“A Door with a Past”

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.

I titled this “A Door with a Past” since it represents a bit of the history of Maynooth, Ontario. The town is a historic southern gateway to Canada’s renowned Algonquin Park. The park itself has a history of artistic imagery made famous by Canada’s Group of Seven. A group of painters who so wonderfully captured the natural beauty of this area on canvas in the 1920’s.

It is rumoured that one of these artists made this home his residence for some time during that period. I can’t recall which one but the mere thought that such a famous person lived here made the price of the building substantially higher than similar properties. So, it has sat empty, bearing the ravages of time and nature, waiting for the right person to bring it back to life. Hopefully that happens before it degrades any further.

iPhone 5s back camera @ 4.2mm
1/470 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 32

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“Edge of the Marsh” – Peterson Road, Maynooth

“Edge of the Marsh” - Peterson Road, Maynooth

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.”
― Susan Polis Schutz

This is another recent image I made while stopped at the roadside of Peterson Road, near Maynooth, Ontario. The road itself has a long history, being a primary connector between several of Ontario’s small towns and serving as a southern entrance to Algonquin Park and the start of many a cone trip into the park.

I made this image because it is such a typical scene in central Ontario, with its many lakes and even more numerous marshes. It’s the scene most people speed by on their way to the cottage to ‘enjoy nature’. Yet, they have passed by the very nature they claim to be getting back to. Forgive me if this sounds judgemental, it’s not intended to be. It’s something I have done so many time myself.

So, I offer you here, as small moment, frozen in time, to consider as you pass by it. Look deep into the scene, breath its life, and simply savour the abundance of beauty we all too often take for granted.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/125 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200

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“Red Leaves on Rocks” – Peterson Road, Maynooth

“Red Leaves on Rocks” - Peterson Road, Maynooth

“Where’d the days go, when all we did was play? And the stress that we were under wasn’t stress at all just a run and a jump into a harmless fall”
― Paolo Nutini

While travelling the Peterson Road outside of Maynooth, Ontario this past weekend, I stopped along the road to make some photos of a roadside lake, a swamp, and some local wildflowers.

As I stood on the roadside, a flash of red caught my eye and I looked down to see this bright red vine, clinging to rocks along the road. It seems strange to see what would typically be fall colours at this time of year, but it has been extremely hot and dry here this year and some plants respond to stress in their own unique fashion. This one displayed its stress by turning bright red. That bright colour against the granite boulders made for a nice composition, in my mind.

It looks like this plant has been growing here for a few years, as you can see several dead tendrils in the background.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200

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Thursday Doors – July 14, 2016

“A Brush with the North Door” - Maynooth, Ontario

“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

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.

The colourful door above belongs to an art gallery of artist friend Linda Lang. The gallery just recently opened in Maynooth, Ontario and is called Linda Lang’s Brush with the North.

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

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“Cool Runnings” – Papineau Creek

“Cool Runnings” - Papineau Creek

“The river moved so swiftly and yet it had no purpose other than to flow, just flow.”
― Gioconda Belli

During a recent backcountry drive, I tried to retrace my route to a little gem of a park I found a few years back. There is no road sign identifying the park, just an unmarked road that leads to a beautiful groomed park on the shores of Papineau Creek, near Maynooth, Ontario.

Just before the creek enters the park area, it flows through a short set of rapids. On a hot summer day this was a nice spot to stop and cool down by the water, make some photos, and just enjoy the refreshing sound of the water as it gurgles over the rocks.

It was quite a bright day and without a neutral density filter,  it look a bit of effort to get my shutter speed down enough to soften the flow of the water. I used strategic timing of passing clouds to finally get the results I was after, keeping the rocks nice and sharp and highlighting the movement of the water.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom
@ 110 mm
1 sec, f/32.0, ISO 125

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“Dogbane Blossoms” – near Maynooth, Ontario

“Dogbane Blossoms” - near Maynooth, Ontario

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.  
Anne Frank

Such a menacing name for such a beautiful, delicate flower. But, the Dogbane plant’s latin name, apocynum cannabinum, means “poisonous to dogs”.

This is another new plant to me. I noticed the white/pink blossoms as I was photographing a nearby creek, so I made a photo of the flowers and leaves, intent on identifying it at a later time.

This year, I have been much more deliberate about learning about the plants and animals I encounter during my time in nature. I’ve spent my whole life enjoying the outdoors, hiking, hunting, and fishing ,but never really cared much about the names of the lesser known plants. It’s been a great year and I have expanded my knowledge significantly. I’m also more observant about the cycles of these plants and where to find them. It has given me a great deal of pleasure and sense of being connected with the cycles of nature.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
1/125 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200

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