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“Across the Valley”

“Across the Valley”

“Art is to console those who are broken by life.” 
― Vincent van Gogh

I generally don’t post these ‘enhanced’ images, but enjoyed creating this one so much, I had to share it, hopefully it fulfills it’s intent to console somebody who needs a bit of brightness in their day.

The source image was made last week while  hiking my brother in law’s woodlot near Bancroft, Ontario. It was a cool November morning as I crossed over a ridge to be greeted by this scene of wonder.

Through the deep green foliage of the resident hemlocks, the opposite ridge was alight with sunshine reflecting from fallen oak leaves, bathing the scene in the most beautiful warm glow.

While the original photo was nice, I was inspired to make it more ‘painterly’ by running it through my Topaz Impressions filter. As I become more adept at painting, I’m hoping to make a real painting of this in the near future. For now, it’s a inspiration to a possible future.

I also just realized this will be my 1,000th post. From something that started out as a place to collect my thoughts, it’s grown into an inspiration, and a way for me to carefully consider my art.

Thanks to those who have chosen to join me on the journey. Here’s to the next 1,000!

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“Warm Fuzzies”

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“As the sun lives on when it sets in the warmth it has given to others, you too will live on in the hearts of those whose lives you have touched.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

I could think of no better title for this image of a mature milkweed pod, backlit by a late afternoon autumn sun.

The image was not one I set out to make but was one of those ‘opportunities’ that often comes up in most photographer’s days. There is a grove of poplars which I photographed last year, at their peak of colour, that I was hoping to revisit for another try. The light was not great and I have yet to review all my shots. However, as I stood there photographing the poplars, I could not help but be drawn to the multitude of brightly shimmering milkweed pods as they moved about in the gentle breeze. Each one seemed to lit up from inside. Also, for this time of year, it was a warm day, thus the combination of the warm and fuzzies.

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

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“Among the Pines”

“Among the Pines”

“Travelling the road will tell you more about the road than Google will tell you about the road.”
― Amit Kalantri

My third installation from my autumn walk in the woods. Once more, the image was made in a very brief time frame when the sun shone brightly between the trees, lighting up the forest floor with an unbelievable ‘glow’. C.S Lewis referred to it as a “God-light” and I can’t think of a better term for it. There is a life and energy in this light that is so utterly profound. You want to stand there and just absorb it. The light strikes the trees, yet leaves barely a shadow, as it reflects softly within the forest.

It was one of those days you wish could go on forever because it is so awe inspiring. I was happy to have witnessed it and even happier to be able to keep some of it as more than just a memory. Something to share and, hopefully, brighten someone elses day, when they need a bit of light to get them through.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/4 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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“Facing the Sun”

“Facing the Sun”

“Sunflowers, Not Facing the Sun” (A Poem)

I stand tall
As gracious as one could be
Blooming to my best
As slender as it touches my being
Everyone else is facing the sun
Bending towards its unfathomable galore
They and I are both undoubtedly
Grown on the benevolence of life’s essence
The brighter side mercilessly feeding desires unbound
By daunting the “courage to know” with each spin
Though, I am not able to face the sun the way they do
Yet, I learn from the knowledge bred within me
Beyond achievement markers, but an adverse ability
An opportunity to exercise my special self
From the cherubic attire of my blessed soul
To the unfathomable mystery the drape of this world hides
That I, by not facing the sun
Hunt the gems in the milieu of the human existence”
― Annie Ali

As the days shorten and cool, I find myself reflecting back on the wonderful summer of 2016. Many hot days, one the water, on the trails, or just sitting and relaxing, eyes closed and basking in the sun.

So, as I take in the last blossoms of summer, I’m particularly drawn to sunflowers, with their sun-like faces, petals blazing forth in warm yellows. Until recently I had not noticed all the variations of sunflowers, from the traditional seed-bearing varieties to the yellow or black faced ornamentals, all beautiful and all reminders, to me, of warmer days, as they matured, facing the sun and drinking in its energies, and reflecting it back now, as the sun itself is less present.

Nikon D800
Nikor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ 70mm
1.3 sec, f/22.0, ISO 400

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“Bright December Seedheads” – Seaton Hiking Trail

“Bright December Seedheads” - Seaton Hiking Trail, Whitevale

Time for some brightness in this dull December. After numerous drab, but mild days, the sun finally shone though, albeit for only a few hours. As I looked out my office window at the beautiful warm glow, I decided my lunchtime would be spent on a trail. So, I packed my gear and headed off to the woods.

It’s such a wonderful benefit having all these woodlands so close by that I can step out to recharge without an extended drive.

Today’s all too brief hike took me down the Seaton Trail, just south of Whitevale, Ontario. As I started my walk, the sun was still shining, though it was a bit cooler than expected.

The nice thing about the sun this time of year is that it tends to be more indirect and softer, and it was late enough in the day to bring out the beautiful gold hues in the surrounding fields and meadows. It also afforded the opportunity to shot this scene of dead flowerheads from several angles and choose my favourite. By looking at it, you’d never expect it was made in the second week of December, in Canada. It’s also a nice thought that beauty can come from something that has died, at least on the surface. I hope this image brings some warm to you as well.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 200mm
1/100 sec @ f/5.0 -0.33, ISO 200

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