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“Honeysuckle”

“Honeysuckle”

“I drag myself over to the honeysuckle bush and pluck a flower. I gently pull the stamen through the blossom and set the drop of nectar on my tongue. The sweetness spreads through my mouth, down my throat, warming my veins with memories of summer.”
– Suzanne Collins

I don’t believe there are many fragrances that compare with honeysuckle on a warm summer evening. As I walked the narrow roadways and access points at Sauble Beach this past weekend, the fragrance hung on the air, sweet and full of memories, as the quote so aptly describes.

There are entire fences, heavy with honeysuckle vines. I could stand there for hours drinking in the fragrance and marvelling at the complex flowers, as hummingbirds and bees feast close by. Of course, I could not resist the temptation to photograph them for future enjoyment, just without the fragrance, which will remain a memory to be savoured.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/50 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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“Spring Peony – Dr. Alex Fleming”

“Spring Peony - Dr. Alex Fleming”

“When nothing else subsists from the past, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered…the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls…bearing resiliently, on tiny and almost impalpable drops of their essence, the immense edifice of memory”
― Marcel Proust

Peony, for me the queen of fragrance and memory.

As I stepped outside today, following a brief rain shower, the perfume of this peony struck my senses, causing me to smile as I recalled fond memories of the glorious gardens of so many dear to me, many no longer with us. It stopped me in my tracks, as I surveyed the garden, seeking the source. Yesterday, the peonies were just buds, filled with promise, but not ready to open. My eyes found the source, a single blossom, dew covered, and shining in the sun, the most intense pink petals fully and unexpectedly opened to the sun.

The memories are wonderful and intense. I recall gardening with my adopted grandmother, Margarete, as she tended a large bed of pink and white peonies, my maternal grandmother, Lola, also an avid gardener, with her own collection, handed down from her mother and cherished. Finally, my mother-in-law, Lois, who moved to a smaller residence a few years ago, leaving me her collection of peonies, not to be left behind. They filled every spare space in my gardens and I would have it no other way. They too have a history, having come from her mother and grandmother. Such seems to be the way of the peony. I’m sure each plant has fragrance and memory deeply intertwined.

As I sit and write this, the sweet aroma still in my mind, I can see each of them, out in their gardens, a smile of recollection on their faces as they reflect on their own memories and their cherished peonies.

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

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Baptiste Channel”

Baptiste Channel

8″ x 10″ Acrylic on canvas

“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”
― L.M. Montgomery

As I look out my window, to a cold, rainy day, my thoughts go to all the good times spent the past summers in the Bancroft area, in Northeastern Ontario. A place of wilderness, lakes, rivers, trees, and beautiful light.

It’s an area where I do much of my photography, in all seasons. But today, I recalled canoeing from high falls, at the base of Baptiste Lake, up to the main body of water. I’m reminded of rocky shores, dark spruce groves, and wonderful skies, filled with the movement of summer clouds.

That’s what I was trying to capture with this quick painting, one brief moment in a series of moments that make up this summer memory, paddling the channel with my wife, simply enjoying the day together.

“Final Bow”

“Final Bow”

“You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.”
― Kiera Cass

This is, I believe, my final image for my Humpback Whale series. It’s been enjoyable and educational for me to share these images and my feelings about them.

It seems an appropriate image to close off on, as the whale emerges from the water, she appears to be waving or preparing for a bow. From this point, she twists to one side and reenters the water in an incredible splash. The image also nicely shows the detail of her belly (ventral grooves).

For this image, the whale was also quite close to the boat, so it’s not zoomed in a lot.

I can’t say enough about how spectacular it was to witness these beautiful creatures in their environment, especially amazing when viewed from a small boat rather than the large commercial whale watching vessels.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 112 mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”

“Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming”

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen,
aus einer Wurzel zart,
wie uns die Alten sungen,
von Jesse war die Art
Und hat ein Blümlein bracht
mitten im kalten Winter,
wohl zu der halben Nacht.
– author Unknown

Today, a break from the birds and an image of a rose from a recently purchased bouquet. The image got one of my favourite Christmas carols rolling through my head. Growing up in a German household, the original words take me back to simpler times and my parents, sister, and grandmother. My parents and grandmother have all since passed away, leaving only memories.

The music is so familiar, yet the English version, by Theodore Baker (1894), now dominates my brain, until I look back on the German words and it all comes rushing back to me. I can almost smell the sweet fragrances of childhood at home and see the smiles of loved ones, now gone.

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,
From tender stem hath sprung.
Of Jesse’s lineage coming,
As men of old have sung;
It came, a flow’ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

So, I consider and share this image of a red winter rose, a flower my father could cultivate with ease, as a connection to faith, family, and the simple beauty that was and is Christmas season; a bright rose, that warms dark, cold days; whose fragrance reminds me of warm days in the garden, and symbolizes love for so many of us. As Christmas rapidly approaches, my wish is that all of us can keep an eye open for these small glimpses of beauty and calm, and feel a sense of peace throughout the holidays.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 130 mm
1 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Bowl of Clementines”

“Bowl of Clementines”

“I have been finding treasures in places I did not want to search. I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen. I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look. And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take. Forgive me, O Gracious One; for I have been closing my ears and eyes for too long. I have learned that miracles are only called miracles because they are often witnessed by only those who can can see through all of life’s illusions.”
― Suzy Kassem

What do you do on a dull day after a few days of posting photos with bright orange leaves? You do a studio shot of clementines. Well, at least that’s what I did. I’ve been looking at this bowl on our kitchen table for the past few days, considering it as a photo subject. It’s also the result of constantly looking for and being aware of the wonderful yet mundane things in our lives.

The arrangement in the bowl looked like a still life and I believe the studio lighting that I had set up for my series of flowers late summer worked well here as well. So, here is the result.

These clementines also seem somehow appropriate for me, since we are now approaching Christmas season. Growing up, clementines were a rare treat and always signified Christmas season. Nowadays you can find them nearly year round, but there is still something special about a December clementine. It brings back fond memories of cozy evenings with family and friends, sharing treats and memories.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1.0 sec, f/14.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Sunflowers

“Sunflowers”

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James

Goodbye to a most glorious summer and hello to what is predicted to be a long, mild autumn in Ontario. What better image for the summer/fall transition than sunflowers? I see them as a ‘transition’ flower. They bloom mid-summer and continue to grow into the fall. They are frost resistant, though I don’t even want think about that!

One of the incredible contrasts in blog-land is seeing my fellow bloggers in Australia and the southern hemisphere welcoming spring, which for us in the northern hemisphere is a distant, though fond, memory.

Back to the sun flowers, such an appropriate name. They fairly glow with warmth, almost as if they have stored the glow of the summer sun to keep warming our days as they shorten.

I’ll miss this past summer, with it’s many warm days, record heat, and all the memories of days spent with friends and family, simply enjoying being together and sharing good times.

Creatively, it’s been a great time too. I have discovered a passion for this style of photography. I get emotional looking at the images as they emerge. As I’m shooting, it’s fairly technical, balancing light, parture and focus, but viewing the final product is so fulfilling.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
1/6 sec, f/20.0, ISO 400

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