Fall past and soon to come

I came upon some photos I took last fall. I don’t remember the colours being so vibrant but wow, I’m glad I didn’t delete this folder without flipping through the files first. 🙂

…and then there’s the lake……

These all bring on a feeling of silence and peace; just the wind in the trees and the soft lapping water as the gentle tide pulls the waterline back from the land.

Here, I could stay forever. Aren’t photos incredible? The moment of the memory captured with the image. Pure magic.

A moment of peace; a moment in time

This is a repost from last year but as I’m sitting here, lost in it, seeking the peace I felt the day I took it, I couldn’t help but share it again.

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Life can overwhelm us so often.  Sometimes things seem like they’re going well at 8 am on a Monday and by lunchtime, the entire world has shifted on its axis and you find you’ve lost your footing in places you didn’t even realize you had a strong grip.  That’s the way things work for me, anyway.  This photo; this moment; this peacefulness is where I return to when I lose my way.  Coincidently, it’s the photo that almost everyone who comes into my office at work is instantly drawn to.  So much so, I think I’ve gifted out at least 2 dozen digital copies.  If this brings you any sort of solace, looking into and beyond the leaves and summer softness in this photo, please feel free to write me and I’ll email you a free, full-sized digital copy.

This is one I want to share with anyone who sees in it what I do.

Reflections, Perspective and Memorial Intentions

I constantly wonder why I am so drawn to things like this building.  I will be sitting in the passenger seat of the truck, out on a weekend with the family, and I’ll see something like this building in the distance and my entire being calls me to stop, capture, analyze.

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Sometimes I think it’s because I see beauty where others may not and I’m full of myself enough to think I can show what I see.  Sometimes I rationalize that the state of the place makes me think they’ll tear it down sometime soon and that lack of permanence makes me want to capture it before it’s gone.

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Things being there and then suddenly being gone; particularly when I least expect it, has always been a *thing* for me.  People, family, places, memories; it messes with me to realize that nothing is forever and nothing is ever guaranteed.

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If I could wrangle a promise out of the universe that things would just stay the same for a day, I would be willing to sacrifice quite a bit.  Finding that balance in life is hard for me and for many others, I realize, so maybe I’m just making sure that these things; places; buildings that were once loved and called home to someone, are never totally relegated to the pile of dust and then empty space they will eventually become.

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Like a memorial stone in a graveyard, my photos can keep something alive, in a way, that might vanish from the world at any moment.  Once a few years pass and people move on, no one will even remember that this house once existed.

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(It just dawned on me why I take photos of myself and save them, although I rarely share them with anyone. *chills*)

 

 

The Moon

 

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The moon has always been one of those things in nature that captivate me.  I wondered as a child, how it could be possible to see the moon at night, but also at times through the day.  As I grew and learned about how the universe works, it began to make sense from a physics point of view, however, I still find myself feeling a spark of excitement and wonder when I see the moon hovering in the middle of a daytime sky.

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That moment; that spark of wonder;  I think that’s something we are all missing out on.  I’m going to spend time searching for the things that ignite my curiosity and spend more of the precious time I’ve been given in this life filling my soul with wonder and the beautiful world around me, rather than wading waist-deep in the muck through the synthetic reality society dictates.

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I’m not saying this will change much of who I am, but it certainly can’t hurt now, can it?

Freeze Thaw Freeze

It’s been cold here, really cold.  Then, a few days later it rose above freezing and the snow we had melted and flooded the fields.  Then, a few days later it got cold again.  Not quite as cold as it had been, but definitely colder than it was.  So what does a heavy snowfall (we had so many inches it was being measured in feet) look like after it melts, freezes, melts and freezes again?

This!  How incredible is that?  Just weather and wind (along with the help of some uneven ground and corn stalks) and magic appears.  Cold magic, but beautiful none the less.  🙂

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Sun flare and magical backgrounds

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As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I tend to like photos of interesting things that aren’t necessarily the ‘perfect’ subject matter.  I like the perspective in my photos to match the ones I see in my mind when I find something beautiful to capture.  This is a terrible example of focus, depth of field and although I could have caught that magnificent reflection on the water, or the sunlight across the field of view, I like the photos that came out focusing on the rays of light that we can’t quite see with our own eyes.  The backdrop is beautiful, but the photo seems to take it all into account here and and lets me show you all the things I see….much of what would be missed if no one ever stopped to look.

Snow – Yes, we do take photos outside…

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I once knew a guy who asked me a question that has confounded me until this very day.  Here’s all the background you need:

It was winter.
I live in Canada.
We usually get a fair amount of snow in the part of Canada I live in.
I take photos in all seasons.

He said to me, one day, after seeing some photos from another Canadian photographer he’d met online:

“What’s up with you Canadians?  Do you all take pictures of snow?”

He said it with a hint of disdain and was clearly playing on the Canadian stereotype.

“Uhh, well, I suppose if you mean ‘do all Canadian photographers take photos OUTSIDE….I guess the answer is yes.  Particularly if you live in a part of Canada that sees snow for almost half the year.

So, this one’s for him.  I almost answered by asking if all the people in California take photos of sunshine but decided it wasn’t worth the argument.  😉

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Plus, how can you not think that ^^^ is beautiful?  I don’t like the cold, but I do love the snow (and Maple syrup AND I say “Eh” now and then.  Yay Canada!

Elegance in form and motion

I visited a city not far from where I live that is well known for its bird population.  There is a freshwater river that flows through town that is home to all kinds of feathered beauties.  I’ll post some favourites here, but will keep it to a few per post so they’re easier to see in my feed.

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