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“Life is amazing, and it’s awful, and it’s ordinary, mundane and routine, but like the sun behind the clouds, amazing is always there regardless of what is momentarily obscuring it.”
― Maximus Freeman

Once more, I’m not sure of the specific species of this plant, known generally as Sedum, which we affectionately call “Lives Forever”. The name was handed down by various family members and I can understand the rationale for it. This plant is virtually ‘neglect proof’. You can drop a clump of it almost any location and it will grow. It withstands downpours and droughts with no visible sign of stress.

This particular specimen comes from my adopted mother’s garden and I acquired it many years ago when she downsized to an apartment. Numerous portions of that same small clump have been passed on to friends, neighbors, and family. It’s quite funny visiting other gardens and knowing the ‘mother’ plant is in our garden. So, though my mother has passed away, a piece of her remains in our memory and in our gardens.

We like it , particularly in the late summer and mid autumn, when it’s really the only source of colour in the garden, long after other blossoms have died off. Even when it finally succumbs to a heavy frost itself, it still offers interest as the string stems still hold the dead flower-heads erect, even in heavy snows.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
10sec, f/25.0, ISO 400

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“Another Bend in the Path”

“Another Bend in the Path”

This photo is pretty much a summary of how autumn has played out for me. We have had an extended season, with mild weather, sunny skies, and leaves that seemed to cling to the trees for weeks, despite frosty nights, rain, and wind.

Unlike a typical fall, where I’m looking out the window, anxious to get out and make photos before the conditions fade, this year yielded day after glorious day of great light, incredible colour, and beautiful weather to just ‘be’ in nature.

The photo above was made on one of our abundant local trails at the Secord Conservation area. This trail system is incredibly variable and switches from cedar swamp, to meadow, to hardwood forest in the span of a few kilometers. There are a few patches of large birch trees, which is the case above. Here the bright white of the bark of the birches contrasts nicely against the oranges of the beech and oak trees againsts the dark backdrop of pine forest.

I titled it “Another Bend in the Path” because that is exactly what it is. Every bend, every rise in the path, yields wonderful new view.

There have been some interesting conversations lately about my subject matter. People seem shocked when I tell them these photos are local and not in some far off, remote, location. I hold to the notion that great images are everywhere, but you have to get out and move around to find them and be there when the light is right. Those who spend time in nature frequently will know what I mean. A frequently viewed grove of trees will suddenly glow with light, for a brief moment, the light will hit a patch of forest floor and reveal details you never noticed before, and then, the moment is gone, other than the memory . This awareness of the beauty, variability, and complexity of nature is my sanctuary. It’s a place and time where I can recharge, renew, and just ‘be’. The added bonus is that I can capture some of these moments and be able to share them with others, who may not be able to get out and experience it for themselves.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm
1/125 sec @ f/5.6 -.33, ISO 250

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