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Friday, 10 September 2021

Travelling Again

It has been 2 years since we were away for more than a weekend. It was exciting to load up the van and head out. We visited Lori’s mom on Manitoulin Island. It was wonderful to be able to go into her home and give her a hug. Misery Bay Provincial Park, ON
Misery Bay Provincial Park, ON
Philadelphia Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
We spent three days on Manitoulin and then traveled up to Lake Superior Provincial Park. The weather was great. Not too cold or warm. The water was warm enough for extended swims and the trails were not too busy. Lake Superior Waves
Lake Superior Waves
Sand River Beach, ON
Sand River Beach, ON
While in Superior, our friends James and Li dropped by for a cup of tea on their way to Pukaskwa National Park.

I have spent so much time here over the years. I can’t count the number of times we have camped in the park. It never disappoints. Baldhead River Falls, ON
Baldhead River Falls, ON
Baldhead River Falls, ON
Baldhead River Falls, ON
It was great to get away and great to get back home.

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Monday, 31 May 2021

Longing for the Open Road

I’m getting a bit antsy. Our last big trip was 2016 when we drove to Yukon Territory. We were away for 3 months and drove to the Arctic Circle and back. It was a wonderful, productive trip. When we travel, we work everyday and are constantly moving, exploring and of course taking photos. Termination Dust, Kluane
Termination Dust, Kluane, YT
Northern Lights, YT
Northern Lights, YT
Black Bear
Black Bear at BC-YT border
There is something to be said for sitting in one place and watching the seasons change. We have tried to make the best of this by shooting locally. But I still long for the open road. Barn Swallow, ON
Barn Swallow, ON
Yellow Warbler Male, ON
Yellow Warbler Male, ON
Male American Redstart, ON
Male American Redstart, ON
Blanding’s Turtle, ON
Blanding’s Turtle, ON
Crystal Palace, Picton, ON
Crystal Palace, Picton, ON
Sandbanks Provincial Park, ON
Sandbanks Provincial Park, ON

Every time I finish a long road trip I think ok, this is the last one. I’m done with this. And then, with time I start to think, maybe we could go to Newfoundland or Jasper in the fall. I haven’t dared start to plan a big trip during the pandemic. Hopefully we will be able to get away somewhere this year. It may not be out of the province but a change of scene would sure help perk up our spirits. This has been a long haul…

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. -- A.A. Milne

To lose patience is to lose the battle. -- Mahatma Gandhi

When you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there. -- George Harrison

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Monday, 3 May 2021

Spring Wanderings

We have been enjoying the trails around home. There are lots of things to discover. Wildflowers, birds and landscapes take up most of our time these days. Sandbanks Provincial Park, ON
Sandbanks Provincial Park, ON
Picton Courthouse, ON
Picton Courthouse, ON
It always seems to be windy here. It makes shooting flowers a challenge. Sharp-lobed Hepatica
Sharp-lobed Hepatica
Red Trillium in Snow
Red Trillium in Snow
While we walked a trail, a woman told us she was seeing lots of salamanders. It took us awhile but we found a few as well. Eastern Red-backed Salamander
Eastern Red-backed Salamander
Warblers are starting to move through. I found Ruby-Crowned Kinglets in the local graveyard. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
I didn’t get many shots of these frantic little birds. But I did have good luck with a Pileated Woodpecker. Pileated Woodpecker Male
Pileated Woodpecker Male
Pileated Woodpecker Male
Pileated Woodpecker Male
It has been cold and wet the last week but we will keep walking the trails and see what we can find.

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Sunday, 21 February 2021

Life without a Schedule

When I worked as a college professor I had large blocks of time when I did not have a set schedule. True freedom is an open agenda. So I have had a lot of preparation for a pandemic! Boredom is my inspiration. When you let the tank empty you can fill it with whatever you want. These days I fill my days with music, art and literature. Prince Edward Point Lighthouse, ON
Prince Edward Point Lighthouse, ON
My world is in many ways smaller lately but I’m able to watch the seasons change in one place. I’m able to know my backyard better than I ever have. There are so many worlds within worlds. Surface Hoar Frost
Surface Hoar Frost
When all this is over and we get back to life as it once was before masks and constant hand washing, what will you have learned about yourself and the world around you? Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
 Mariners Park Museum Lighthouse
Mariners Park Museum Lighthouse
I have learned that I have just enough self motivation to keep me moving forward. I have just enough curiosity to keep me interested in the world around me without a timetable to get in the way.  Sharp-shinned Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk

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Thursday, 24 December 2020

Goodbye 2020...

Prince Edward Point, ON
Prince Edward Point, ON

What a year! A new house, a new town and a pandemic. Such mixed emotions. Still we are hopeful for a better year in 2021. Not that this year has been bad for us. We have been limited in where we could go and what we could do but we made the best of it. I’m so glad we moved when we did. Just in the nick of time.

I worked most days. There is so much to see here in Prince Edward County (PEC) and nearby area. Here are a few images that stand out to me.

Point Petre, ON
Point Petre, PEC, ON

American Mink
American Mink (PEC)

Gray Ratsnake
Gray Ratsnake (Frontenac Provincial Park)

Male Northern Bush Katydid
Male Northern Bush Katydid (PEC)

Beaver
Beaver (PEC)
Barred Owl
Barred Owl (PEC)
Cardinal Flower
Cardinal Flower (PEC)

All the best for the New Year and bring on the vaccine!

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Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Working Close to Home

Ostrander Point
Ostrander Point

The world seems a little smaller these days. We are adjusting to our new reality. Sometimes limits can enhance creativity. Keith Richards once said about open G tuning on his 5-string Telecaster – “5 strings, 3 notes, 2 hands and 1 asshole”. One of the first songs he used this tuning on is the brilliant “Street Fighting Man” from Beggars Banquet. Limits sometimes create a box that forces you to work differently.

I love reducing images to black and white or at least monotone. About 7 years ago, I started using an aging process to “rough up” my images.

Old Shed
Old Shed

Vegetable Stand in the County
Vegetable Stand in the County

This process starts with a colour image. I convert it to black and white and add layers of texture and blur parts of the image. The result is a photo that looks damaged and worn.
Old Trucks
Old Trucks

Nude in Nature
Nude in Nature

Sometimes I will leave a bit of colour. Red Doors, Yellow Flowers
Red Doors, Yellow Flowers

The resulting images become more of an illustration than photograph. Tree in the Fog
Tree in the Fog

Engine 1095, Kingston, ON
Engine 1095, Kingston, ON

Steam Engine
Steam Engine

With all that is going on in the world, I find I’m escaping into my own world of creativity. The world around us is as big as we make it, even if we are confined.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Why I Don’t Delete Images

Lori was having trouble with several of our old blogs. The images were not loading. I needed to look for an old image that I prepped back in 2009. So I dug out a backup drive and found the file. While looking for that image, I had a quick look through my Polar Bear trip files. I noticed several good images hadn't been picked as keepers. Ruffed Grouse
Ruffed Grouse

There were several great images that had been missed. It’s easy to do. I shoot thousands of images on a trip like this. When going through them, it is easy to miss something. You get tired and start to glaze over. Plains Bison
Plains Bison

It costs a bit more to back up every image. It takes more time too. But not only does it give me an opportunity to go back and look for something I missed, it also is a part of my history. Even if some of the images are not my best, they do bring back memories and document my journey. Polar Bears Nuzzling
Polar Bears Nuzzling

I guess I will have to look through a few more old drives and see what else I have missed. Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl

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