Birds & Bees … and other stuff


Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a week at the home of some friends who live in the countryside of Eastern Ontario. During one of my days there, I walked around the property with my camera and telephoto lens and was able to take photos of some busy bees and hummingbirds, as well as some flowers that I liked, a few dragonflies, one of my favourite members of the insect world and some butterflies and a ladybug.

I also came across this flower. I have no idea what it is, but the shape made me wonder if it originated on the Muppet Show.

Wild Flower

Sunday Drive – Renfrew & Burnstown (August 14, 2016)


On Sunday, August 14, 2016, my friend Elizabeth and I went for a drive through the Renfrew county countryside – she was prospecting for interesting minerals, and I wanted to take pictures. Our first stop was at the Renfrew town suspension bridge, so that we could poke among the river rocks. Because of the recent drought, we were able to walk on the large boulders in the middle of the river, and I was able to get these photos from a location, which is typically covered by water.

From Renfrew, we drove to the large rock cut just east of the bridge in Burnstown. While Elizabeth looked for minerals in the rock face, I snapped these photos of the Madawaska River.

It was one of those cool, dull and overcast days, but the day wasn’t without colour …

Thistle

Thistle

Freeman Patterson/André Gallant Photography Course – Day 3


Day #3 on the Freeman Patterson and André Gallant course, and my anxiety has just about dissipated, but that is probably because I have become brain-dead. The constant flow of information is like the water from a fire hose. And then there is forcing myself to be creative and to “think out of the box”. I am not used to taking photographs in this manner, and although sometimes I feel overwhelmed, I am so glad that I made this decision. I have a long way before I can consider myself to be “fluent” with visual design, but I feel that I am starting to get it.

Today we had an opportunity to practice some of the things we learned yesterday and we learned more about visual organization and arrangement. There are no rules on this training – just guidelines and common sense. For example, we purposefully overexposed images to see what would happen, create images with no centre of interest, and purposefully jiggle the camera during a shot. And I’m sure we have all broken many other “rules of photography”.

It was raining heavily here most of today, so instead of going out, Freeman and André created some ideas for photography indoors.

This typewriter has nothing to do with the ideas but I saw it sitting on the floor and I loved the contrast between the harshness and weight of the typewriter against the warm, smoothness of the floor. Like I wrote, I think I’m starting to get it!

Typewriter on Floor (August 12, 2015) [_DSC5008].jpg

Unitarian Memorial Garden, Ottawa


I wanted to take some photos of bees at the Unitarian Memorial Garden in Ottawa, so I headed over there early one morning before the heat set in. It wasn’t early enough – I suspect that all the bees found themselves an air conditioned hive. So it wouldn’t be a complete loss, I took photos of some of the flowers and the few insects who did show up for my photo shoot.

I also came across this beautiful, friendly Siamese cat, who appeared to be doing a bit of hunting.

Unitarian Memorial Garden (July 20, 2015)  [_DSC5295-00510].jpg

A Day at Ferme la Machine


I had an opportunity to spend a day at a delightful farm in the town of Montpellier, Québec. The farm is owned by a lovely couple who made me feel welcome as I spent the day walking around taking photos of anything that appealed to me. These are some of the images I took that day.

For additional information on the farm please feel free to visit their website at http://www.fermelamachine.com.

Just Some Recent Photos … Nothing Special


Between the ultimate freezing cold weather and the snow, I’ve either been hunkering down inside, or downhill skiing. But every once in a while I snap a few photos, and I’m finally getting around to editing them. So here are some snaps from January and February.

Enjoy.

What Did I Do this Summer?


Do you remember returning to school every September and one of your first assignments was to write an essay on what you did during the summer? If only they had digital cameras back then – I could have shown my teacher what I did during the summer!

I typically carry my camera around with me and during this past summer I have captured some photos that I felt were worth keeping. These were photos taken while visiting friends, boating, riding my motorbike around the countryside, going kayaking, visiting nature areas, going for walks … in other words, many of the things I did this summer. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed visiting these places and taking the photos.