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“Waves of Light”

“Waves of Light”

“We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.” 
― Leonora Carrington

Indeed, only the light moves, and it appears in waves, as mid morning sunlight streams between the branches, warming the chilled November air.

This was the scene that spread before me last weekend, as I took advantage of a sunny Sunday morning hike. Though the air was still very chilly, the sunlight was stunning, golden, and warmed my senses. The sky was bright blue between the branches and the cedars still green with life.

Though most of the hardwoods have now dropped their leaves on winter’s approach a few flecks of gold hang in the air, shimmering in the slight breeze. I drink in scenes like this. Many would just proceed down the path, but I find myself standing and savouring, knowing even this will soon be cast into the cold and snow of the approaching winter, which brings a beauty of its own. But that can wait.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@78mm

1/4 sec, f/9.0, ISO 400

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“September Lakeshore” – Marble Lake

“September Lakeshore” Marble Lake

“Outside, there was that predawn kind of clarity, where the momentum of living has not quite captured the day. The air was not filled with conversation or thought bubbles or laughter or sidelong glances. Everyone was sleeping, all of their ideas and hopes and hidden agendas entangled in the dream world, leaving this world clear and crisp and cold as a bottle of milk in the fridge. ” 
― Reif Larsen

As this wonderful mild September winds down, I’m reminded of the good time spent north of my home at our camper on Bancroft’s Marble Lake. Though I’m not a ‘morning’ person, there have been several occasions when I have ventured down to the dock to watch the sun rise, gradually burning off the mist that hangs over the water, dancing in the shifting air currents.

In mid to late September, the landscape participates in this dance as well. The cooler nights cause mist to form within the trees and hillsides and the whole world seems blanketed in fog. As I stood on the dock looking across the lake, the thinning fog began to reveal bright colours showing through layers of green. There was a magic to these muted colours that I really enjoyed. And so, here they are. It’s a bit more subdued than most of my recent images, but also has a real sense of calm and anticipation all in one image.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 

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“Morning Freshness” Columbine – Nora Barlow

“Morning Freshness” - Columbine - Nora Barlow.

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!”
― Steve Maraboli

As I sat, yesterday morning, sipping a coffee, on my back deck. I looked over my now lush garden. The rains have stopped, the temperatures are climbing and I can savour these moments, if only on weekends.

One of my columbine plants, is enormous, probably the result of several plants growing in a single location. Even at that, it towers almost a full meter in height, three times the height of its neighbours, and it is thick with blossoms.

I got up to take a better look at all the blossoms and noticed that the morning mist still clung thickly to the petals, like little jewels, adding further drama to the scene. Not wanting to miss this moment, as the lifespan of the blossoms is quite brief, I grabbed my camera and made a quick image to preserve this image to share today.

It reminds me of what a privilege it really is to be alive,as said so well in the quote I chose today.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/40 sec, f/10.0 ISO 100

High Resolution Image on 500px

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Monochrome Monday

“Land’s End” - Cabo san Lucas

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!”
― Steve Maraboli

“Land’s End” – Cabo San Lucas

A brief post today from this beautiful place. I made the photo as we were pulling out of the harbour to do some diving along the coast. It was a good time for the photo, as this location gets very busy with tourist boats.

When I made the photo. around 8:00 am, there was only one dive boat out, just to the left of the rocks and a very fine mist in the air added some ‘mood’ to the image.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 145 mm
1/400 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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“November Fog” – Fraser Lake, Ontario

“November Fog” - Fraser Lake, 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

If today’s forecast is any indication, it would appear that our wonderful, mild Ontario November is at an end and winter is anxiously knocking on our door.

That makes my memories of my ‘retreat’ at the beginning of this week all the more special. Cool nights and warm days brought a combination of colourful sunrises and a few foggy ones. Both are beautiful in their own way.

The image above was made this past Wednesday as the fog drifted lazily over the lake and draped the landscape with a layered veil, creating shadows in varying tones of gray. The landscape was quiet and serene as I stood on the shores of Fraser Lake, a gentle breeze moving tendrils of mist along the shoreline.

I felt the black and white image of this scene best conveyed the mood and puts me back to that time and place. A wonderful reminder of gentle November days to savour as the cold of winter takes hold.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 175 mm
1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200

High Res Image is on 500px

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“Morning’s Sunny Kiss”

“Morning’s Sunny Kiss”

“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”
― Lemony Snicket

Dawn broke forth bright and very cool this past weekend. That’s the nature of September around here. Glorious, warm days spent basking in the last few weeks of summer, hoping for a mild and extended fall.

It’s been a hot and dry summer here in southern Ontario, a bit too dry for plants, which are showing signs of heat stress. But, I hate to say goodbye to such a wonderful summer, spent hiking, canoeing, and gardening. Yet, the gradual change of seasons brings pleasant surprises, like the soft sunshine, creating tiny jewels in the tamarack branches, greeting me as I rounded a corner during my morning walk, bringing a smile to my face.

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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“Blue Morning Glory”

“Blue Morning Glory”

“Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.”
― Glen Cook

Such a stunning blue, it seems almost unnatural. I wished I had my portable background with me that day, but the opportunity presented itself and the light was nice. I may have to go back for a reshoot, provided the plant is still blooming. It’s in a friend’s garden and a bit of a distance away.

Morning Glories are such wonderful plants to just observe. Watching the large blossom unfurl from the tight ‘screw’ of a bud is quite the experience. With the heat we have had this summer, the blossoms fade quite quickly.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 160 mm
1/80 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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