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“Against the Odds”

"Against the Odds" - Duffins Creek

“When you do or think or feel something, do it with passion. Let it come from the heart. Put your heart and soul in it. And when you do, you will feel a river flowing sweetly through you and especially through your entire life. Life has much more meaning that way. ”
― Angie Karan

A painterly image I made yesterday, based on a photo of two trout swimming upstream at the Whitevale bridge, north of Pickering, Ontario.

What struck me was how the body of the dark fish flowed with the water, or did the water flow with the fish? As I processed the image, the flow of colour, from warm orange tones and larger river rocks at the bottom to cooler blue tones and multi-coloured pebbles at the top began to become more noticeable, yet the dark body of the fish dominates the scene. The entire image speaks of movement, energy, and overcoming. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm
1/100 sec, f/5.0 ISO 200

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“Jeremiah 17:8”

Jeremiah 17:8

I can’t help but reflect on this verse when I seen this scene on Duffins Creek, just south of Whitevale, Ontario.

“They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

The image of this tree, rooted firmly to the shore, like a hand clenched and holding on, has always fascinated me, to the point where I have seen it in dreams.

Though the leaves are not always green, like in the referenced verse, it is still very much alive and anchored, drawing life-giving water from the stream that flows at its roots. It certainly has no fear of drought, as the cool waters run abundantly throughout the year.

This tree is, however, not without its challenges. It is located at a bend in the stream, which is prone to ice build up in the spring, and it has the scars to prove it, yet it hangs on, leaning tenuously over the creek, gripping the shore. I imagine it would take some force to move this tree from its moorings. It’s also not a picture of perfection or symmetry, by any means, with random gnarly branches shooting out here and there. Yet, there is still some wonderful strength here.

I was very pleased to have been able to capture the image in such a way as I believe captures the essence of the scene, and conveys how I see it, which is always my goal. Welcome to my world.

iPhone 5S @ 4.2 mm
1/120 sec, @ f/2.2, ISO 64

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