Thursday, December 30, 2010

Let Me Be Your Sun

My last entry for 2010. Hope you like it. Photo taken on a late afternoon in December, along the shore of the Ottawa River.

[ f/16, 1/250, 55mm, ISO 200 ]
Let Me Be The Sun

let me be the sun

and i will hold you
at day's end

shield you
from stretching shadows

as you gently walk
through the caress

of their desperate grasp
upon your winter dress

let me be the sun

and I will lay down
parts of me
to form a path

melt what ice appears
until at last

with footing sound
persuade your heart
to hold steadfast

let me be your sun

happy i'll descend
to be your lover then

burn such yearning
into your breast

and with
contented sigh

clothe you
within my warming breath


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Friday, December 24, 2010

Just Another Christmas Wish

I always think that holidays like Christmas need children around for me to truly appreciate the wonder and joy that could - perhaps should - exist in everyone's lives. Now that my children are older, I am happy to be blessed with grandchildren. May they too, live in constant wonder and delight.

[ f/8, 1/160, 68mm, ISO 200, diffused flash ]
A Child's Wonder

is not the wonder
in a child's eyes
more beautiful
than the glimmering stars
in cloudless skies

and though
i'm far removed
from such a state
i hope
i never hesitate

to stay and linger
by your side
where every day
worry does subside

and in every moment
delight resides


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Saturday, December 18, 2010

There's Always Time

I was going through some photos that I had taken earlier this year when I came across this shot. I walked by this colourful patio in September and wondered why no one was sitting there. It seemed attractive enough, festively decked out, and yet there was something very lonely about it. It made me think about invitations - and invitations declined.

[ f/8, 1/125, 19mm, ISO 250 ]
There's Always Time

I saw you again
the other day
so colourful
and full of promise

you saw
through my seduction
caught me spreading
small hints of laughter
amidst the lure
of pleasant company

do you remember
how i told you
there's always time
to build a life together

to enjoy
great meals
of daily pleasure

taste
the refreshment
of experience treasured

for all of this
i offered up
a multitude of chairs

placed attractively
among the tables where

i invited
a host of feelings

and yes
i know how much
you've tried
to visit often

but the patio
was always empty

and the doors
too often closed

and so
i do propose

shall we try once more?


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Sunday, December 12, 2010

So Delicious

I came across a series of boots on display in the Ottawa Market area, and couldn't resist their charms. These looked particulalry delicious, with their intricate patterns and the visions they held inside.

[ f/10, 1/8, 19mm, ISO 1250 ]
Leather So Delicious



when she chooses her boots
for a dream on which to dine
she'll escape the shameful roots
that play out within her mind

so she'll cover up the socks
with the callouses they hide
those new boots of leather
and her hopes tucked up inside

yes she's looking so delicious
so delicious
to those merchants of fulfillment

they'll accomodate her wishes
her wishes
with their judgment non-existent

they will want to take her eagerly
to the realms she's never been
they will want to show her greedily
all the sights she's never seen

for she's looking so delicious
so delicious
to those merchants of fulfillment

who'll accomodate her wishes
her wishes
with a guilt that's non-existent

she'll greet the morn without remorse
determined she will stay on course
and look ahead to journeys new
her life before she'll bid adieu

who will accomodate her wishes?
her wishes?
be more than a merchant of fulfillment?

why does she look so delicious?
so delicious?

yearning
for a life
that's non-existent


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Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Watering Hole

I took this photo on a glorious summer day. There's a certain serenity in such a pastoral scene, which in some ways might lead one to envy the cows their simple lives. Until you think about their ultimate fate.

[ f/16, 1/40, 10mm, ISO 200 ]
The Watering Hole

Reflections on what it means to be a cow...

oh now
to be a cow

and never have to wonder why
clouds appear in clear blue skies

or where your meal is coming from
indeed, just this, could make me glum

why now
i’d be a cow

and share your lack of discontent
no worries about paying rent

no job to bring you daily stress
nor relationships to cause duress

why did I stumble on this scene
to watch you living so serene

hey now
i see you cow

ignoring me within your rapture
as you graze throughout the pasture

curious you look up and pause
wonder why I clutch at straws

to strive and be as free as you
living life without a clue

but now
poor cow

in a paradise of endless fodder
accompanied by sons and daughters

you wait in blissful unawareness
for events you’d find so heinous

and if you knew your destiny
no doubt you’d be my enemy


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Mentor

Coming across this scene, I had the impression of an elder mentoring an acolyte or follower.

[f/8, 1/400, 125mm, ISO 100 ]
The Mentor

Lessons Learned

1.

she...

waiting in terror
for changing weather to arrive
dreading a future season
where her beauty
might not survive


2.

he...

searching his soul
hoping to convince her
fighting the demon
of doubts inside
hoping to leave
the places
where fears reside

would she
his lover be?

would she
forever
his love abide?


3.

you are...

and even when clouds arise
your naked beauty
always leading me
to constant surprise
of loving you
for who you always are

for me
you will always be
the beauty I see
before me now


4.

my child-

whatever you clothe yourself in
be sure it doesn't melt

before you learn
the nature of your truth


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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Your Pixels Disintegrate

Photo taken at the Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, Ontario. But then, she really could be anywhere...

[ f/5.6, 1/25, 85mm, ISO 200 ]


i waited
in anticipation
of your warm embrace

the moment
like the silence
before the symphony
begins to play

i listened
for the strings
to start the tune

but you cued
the percussion instead

and then
you walked away

dropping the camera
through my broken heart

as your pixels
began
to
disintegrate


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Monday, November 15, 2010

Glorious Unto the End

This photo reminded me of a fallen soldier. And the repeating seasons brought to mind the repeating and endless wars we seem to inflict upon ourselves. I originally thought of this as a tribute to the fallen Canadian soldier. Of course, it could easily represent any nationality.

[ f/14, 1/15, 62mm, ISO 800 ]
Glorious


i fear
none of us
will ever hear

whether
you knew
the end was near

and
if you could speak
what might you say
of dreams
or promises
now gone away

we stand
in awe
thankful
of your sacrifice
yet
knowing
how much
it won't suffice
to say as much

for autumn
does return each year

so too
the tears
the mothers' fears
that each new year
another warring season brings


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Monday, November 8, 2010

emerge

This photo was taken on a warmer early winter day, before the heat of the sun breaking through the clouds could burn the fog away.

[ f/9, 1/400, 175mm, ISO 800 ]
emerge


feeling
almost like an intruder
I stop and watch you
come into the warming light

and in that stillness
does the fog slowly dissipate

and you softly emerge
a hint of colour on your clothes

breathing your fragile gentleness
into the warming breeze

almost timid
seeming shy
in the warming morning

and before I turned my eye

you did innocently lay
your head
upon
the wakening day


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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Resurrection

Photo taken in Gatineau Park, Quebec; a walkway going underneath the road, and leading from the parking lot into a hiking rail. I see this as a strong image of a journey; of emerging from darkness into light. Perhaps a symbol of enlightenment. Or perhaps a plaintive longing.

[ f/9, 1/15, 24mm, ISO 640 ]
Resurrection


You wanted
to be reborn

to experience
something new

it is lonely here
watching you go

when you find
what you are looking for

please

bring back the light
and take me with you


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Autumn Reflection

Along the Mississippi River, at Almonte, Ontario

[ f/9, 1.3 sec, 24mm, ISO 200 ]
Autumn Reflection


well before our winter comes,
she tells me
we should get our portrait taken

our children
will want to show their children
what it was that kept us together

and the picture, she tells me
should trail colours across the center
because
we were mostly happy

and perhaps there'd be a mirror, she tells me
with you on one side
and my reflection on the other
because
we mostly loved

and then above and below us, she tells me
there should be clouds
because
no life escapes
without some drama

...well before our winter comes,
i tell her
our love is true
it has endured
hence we're merged as one

and i present this to you,
i tell her
a scene i've come upon

this portrait of us
that i have done

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

BoardWalk Stalkers

Attracted by the colours and by the invitation presented by the boardwalk, I couldn't help but continue into the woods.

[ f/13, 1/125, 55mm, ISO 400 ]

BoardWalk Stalkers


i am autumn

as the trees drop their leaves
so too
i leave my memories for you to examine

in the blaze of colour
you will find the joys we have encountered

in the blemish of each stem
you will feel the anguish we have conquered

i am autumn
winding through your path
like a boardwalk in a wetland

where we firmly stand
among the reeds and gentle stalks

where wind so gently bathes us
spreads the view before us

joined us firmly to each other
like the wood we rest upon

i am autumn
looking back on where we've been

warming in the sunshine
of you often by my side

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Bridal Veil

Photographed in Gatineau Park, on a Saturday morning in October.

[ f/22, 1/4, 14mm, ISO 200 ]
Bridal Veil Waterfalls, Gatineau Park


yes
i said
yes
i did
see the love
flow out from you

yes
i saw
as you passed them by
how they all
cast down their colourful jewels
along your path

yes
you're right
it was
just to get close to you
and hope for

yes
pine for
a glance from your heart
so they would stay
remain transfixed
and secretly await
as you flow by

yes
they know
that parts of you
are left behind

yes
i said
yes
i did
see your soul
soak in the ground
watch them patiently wait
your nourishing touch

you are not just mine

yes
i said
yes
i will

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

String Theory

Photographed at the Byward Market. The high ISO was due to the cloudy/shady location and wanting to get a really fast speed to counter the wind movement. Actually I was inside shooting before coming back outside and neglected to dial it back. But I think the added grittiness really works for the textures. :)

[ f/8, 1/1250, 42mm, ISO 1250 ]

String Theory


i finally understand string theory:

when autumn sings of playground sliders
swings to contact the clouds
pumpkins on darkened porches
costumes at Halloween
leaves piled for soldier's forts

then

winter sledding down snowy hills
skating the frozen rivers
shinny on outdoor rinks
snowball ambushes
warm hearths
the smell of burning wood

then

spring birdsongs in the morning
the red of maple buds
yellow splashes of daffodils
fresh syrup on breakfast pancakes
the promise of short sleeves
after school bicycle bells
skateboards grinding sidewalk spaces
hide and seek at night

then

summer stargazing from the beach
marshmallows melting on campfires
the magic of fireflies lighting the night
loons echo across the lake
leisurely walks
outdoor cafes
time slowed down
aware of seasons

and all things
to connect us

and now -
string theory
is part of you too

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Sassy

This photo was taken in downtown Ottawa. I've always liked this shop and have photographed it a number of times. The last time I photographed it, I started to imagine the figures inside as people. And I couldn't decide what emotion they would display if they came to life. The writing just kind of took over.

[ f/9, 1/320, 38mm ]

sassy


the polka dots
weren't flashy enough

and the multi-flavored
tables and chairs
weren't bringing enough
admirers to view your wares

so you sat
naked in the window
wearing your colored beads

and people stopped

and complimented
your courage

though I suspect
that wasn't
what you had in mind

why else
would you leave the light on
well into the night...

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Frozen Dialogue

Believe it or not, some moulded chairs in a restaurant in the Toronto Distillery District.

[ f/11, 1/50, 66mm, ISO 200 ]

Frozen Dialogue photo



then
and even now
i whispered in your ear
the thoughts
we held inside
i felt
your hollow answer
could see it
within your eyes

when
and even now
your lips remained unmoved
no words
to tell me why
no smile
to say goodbye

then
and even now
i want to shout
but know not how
to bring you back
where once we were

when
and even now
where only silence
cloaks my heart

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wishing for a Tapestry

Photo taken at the Internation Market on the Toronto Harbourfront.

[ f/8, 1/20, 48mm, ISO 200 ]
Tapestry


i wish that i could weave a tapestry
or otherwise create a quilt

so i could tell your story
to the world

it has been very rich you know

unfortunately
since i have no talent for needle and threads

they'll just have to take my word
that your life was full of colour

and that every now and then
I saw you as you really were

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Time Cliches On

Photo taken at the Toronto Distillery District. What's old is new; what was passed over is restored.

[ f/9, 1/50, 86mm, ISO 200 ]
Time Cliches On


call it a day
to come in under the wire
tick tock
before you were the gleam in your father's eye
time might already have passed you by
do you feel the clock ticking?
tick tock
in the nick of time
better late than never
to chew the fat
since Rome wasn't built in a day
and time is running out
tick tock
no more spinning your wheels
because in the split second
time heals
all wounds time and again
time after time
tick tock
because the times
they are a changing
as old as you feel
time passes you by
tick tock
you can't stop the clock
the march of time
time waits for no man
the ravishes of time
the clock is ticking
tick tock
and it ain't a laugh a minute
and it aint just a minute
and definitely not
just a second
tick tock
don't live in the past
the future is now
as time goes by
your time is now
forever and a day
tick tock

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Any Path in Any Town

Photo taken in Almonte, along the River Walk pathway.

[ f/22, 1/13, 42mm, ISO 200 ]


When you take a walk
down whatever memory lane
you suddenly happen on

the present
with its vivid colors
and sharp detail

slowly gives way
to the emerging past

though faint
or
shrouded in cloud

we know it's there

remembrances

of pain
of joy
of wonder
of disappointment
of discovery
of schock
of celebration

shapes
what we are yet
to see

what we are yet
to feel

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wizard Brooms

For some reason, these brooms make me think of Europe, and farm lands, and village streets. And even stranger, they evoke memories of my mother. I imagine that she once possessed a broom like one of these.

[f/8, 50mm, 1/250, ISO 200 ]
Wizard Brooms


and
when you suddenly arrive
in my mind's eye
embracing your toils
sweeping away
what dreams you had

and
you are no longer there
to comfort
or hold me
with stories
of who you were
when you were young

and
i am left
apart from you
to imagine
who you could become

and
i awake
again to the reality
that you have been swept away
and i lack
the wizard magic
to bring you back

and
i miss -
almost as much
as i miss you -
the answer
to the next question
that i might have had

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Canal at Merrickville

Went on an excursion to Merrickville, one of the nice little country towns along the Rideau Canal system, and came across this peaceful scene.

[ f/16, 1/125, 14mm, ISO 200 ]


I love how much of a scene a wide angle lens can capture! On a calm and clear day, shooting reflections is one of my favorite subjects.

I am drawn by how the sky envelopes the image on both sides. And the stillness of the water elicits my own reflections, speaking of a calm and a peace that washes over me.

be still -

and like the trees
give yourself to what shapes you
and let it reveal the beauty you are destined to be

be firm -
and like the building
stand strong in your foundation
and weather the storms that assail you
and you will emerge unscathed and standing strong

like the water
flow smoothly

be at peace

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Simplest Beauty

Taken in a perennial garden outside of Almonte, while waiting for my wife to pick out some lillies for her garden.

[ f/2.8, 1/1000, 70mm, ISO 200 ]


Sometimes
the
simplest
beauty

just
sits

and
waits

for
me
to
finally
see
it

When
you
see
it
before
i
do

be
sure
to
let
me
know
that
i
missed
it
once
again

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Paradox in Feeling Small

The entrance lobby of the Museum of Natural History, Ottawa. Shot from the upper floor, hanging over the railing as far as I dared.

[ f/8, 1/13, 14mm, ISO 200 ]


One of those instances when it strikes me about how small and insignificant we can be. Yet, there is some comfort and pride that I take from knowing that creative human endeavours conceived and built this place. Somehow it is appropriate to put things in their scale.

Where do we fit in the scheme of natural history?

In deed there are times when Nature reminds us of how small we really are.
And there are artistic moments when we see how our creativity can also shape the world.
Such is the paradox of feeling small.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Child Picks Flowers

A photo of my grand-daughter Ava, just being herself, lost in the beauty of the world around her.

[ f/2.8, 1/200, 135mm, ISO 200 ]


No poetry.
No lyrics.

No symphony
or play -

nothing
can compare
to the wonder
in a child's world.

It is ok
to envy her.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Blue Solitudes

Photo taken at the newly renovated Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa - well worth a visit, for both the amazing architecture as well as the wonderful nature displays.

[ f/8, 1/500, 14mm, ISO 200 ]


the architect
has been and gone
leaving behind
a sense of awe

here where i remain

lost
in the space around us

lost
in the space between us

where else to gaze
but upwards

to reach
into the heavens

and
step
beyond

the much
too frequent

solitude


in

which

i

live

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Putting On a New Skin

Ottawa, near the Bytown Market area. Colorful costumes to suit every personality.

[ f/8, 1/160, 24mm, ISO 200 ]


fantasy
or feeling good

doesn't matter
if you're happy
or you're madder

doesn't matter
which it is
the mood you're in
that leads you
to putting on a new skin

feel good

wrapped up in your new skin
let the fun begin

carefree

you're fantasy
will always win

cause when
you're wrapped up in a new skin

ain't nothing
you can call a sin

just feeling good
wrapped up in your new skin

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Black and White

Taken on a country road in Mississippi Mills, Ontario.

[ f/7.1, 1/640, 122mm, ISO 200 ]


ever feel like you're between identities
ever feel like there's something about you that just doesn't quite fit
ever feel like you can't make up your mind
that nothing is just black
or just white

that everything is complicated
composed of opposite natures

and you can't decide if the music should be fast or slow

and you can't can't resolve old aging and the desire still to grow

a country drive
should bring peaceful thoughts

not philosophy
or yearning

the anguish that's brought
by dreams still sought

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Country Charm

Spotted this wonderful old log home during a drive in the country.

[ f/18, 1/40, 38mm, ISO 200 ]


country charisma lives here

in the charm of the old logs
and the cheerfulness of plants in bloom
the rusted roof
contrasted
by delicate curtain lace

simple times
meets modern times

though the heavy wires
signalling modern power
seems to just pass on by

the windows - one blind up
the other down
seems to wink at us
like those that reside inside
know something that we are missing

perhaps they're right

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

SideWalk Rainbows

Took this cheery photo in the Market area, downtown Ottawa. Some of you might know which storefront this sits in front of.

[ f/8, 1/160, 42mm, ISO 200 ]


rainbows don't just happen in the sky
life saver colors we pass by

sidewalk rainbows
make you smile
on colored chairs
you sit awhile

watching people
pass on by
they look at you
they check the sky

you smile

children giggle at the sight
pointing at you with delight

sidewalk rainbows
to make you smile
the colored chairs
say sit awhile

watching people
asking why

why did these rainbows
fall from the sky

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Soaring Ambition

I took this photo of my daughter and her horse Bentley (Ben) at a recent competition. I admire how hard she works to be able to enjoy moments like this one. And like many dads, I never tell her enough how much she makes me proud.

[ f/4.5, 1/800, 70mm, ISO 200 ]


soar ben
and jump ever so high
as you carry my girl
so deep into the sky
and into her dream
you both fly

can you feel her smile

you being blessed
with her joy

ever so grateful
both she and i
me for her joy
and her for your power

soar ben
and jump ever so high
explode past obstacles
limitations defy

and like lizzie's ambition
be neither harnessed
nor denied

soar ben
soar high

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sailboat Reflections

Photo taken at Dick Bell Park, Nepean Sailing Club marina in Ottawa.

[ f/8, 1/500, 38mm, ISO 200 ]


reflections

and

no wind chasin' away the cloud
rainbows don't just happen in the sky

nothing to hurry and pass me by

sit beside
reflections of
still water and warming sky

a summer day to slow me down
left all my troubles
back in town

i wait for sails
to catch the wind

cast away all thoughts
of the toil tomorrow brings

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Calabogie Homestead

I took this photo while on a mini golf vacation with my wife. We were at Calabogie, a wonderful little resort in the Ottawa Valley.

[ f/8, 1/25, 20mm, ISO 200 ]


I have always been attracted to old buildings. These in particular, exhibit wonderful character and history. The old homestead appears to have been a particularly grand building. Given it's size, I imagine a large family - typical of some of the rural beginnings of the area.

it's easy to imagine the place in its original glory
see the family hustling about their chores
listen to their laughter as they enjoy each other's company

hear the cries of the new born
that first drew breath here

hold back our own tears
as elders sighed a last breath here

hear the breaking heart of a mother
an ailing child held gently in her arms

join the clatter
of converstaion and laughter
when friends drop by

fortune
both good and bad
visited herself upon the settlers here

housed within this grand old dwelling
their dreams
their hopes
their fears
were not unlike my own

perhaps that's why
I love old buildings so

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Monday, May 10, 2010

ShadowLicious

Downtown Ottawa, strong sunlight, delicious shadows on a long staircase. And the illusions that our minds call up to imagine what it is we are seeing.

[ f/32 1/15, 38mm, ISO 200 ]


illusion and mystery

a woman
inexplicably climbing
on the outside
of a shuttered blind

or

a woman
departing from the shadows
stepping
climbing
ever so steadily
into the light

what realities await
to meet her

what dreams await
to greet her

shadowLicious
our life
does oft become

as we emerge
submerge
from shadows
into the light

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

I Got the Bicycle Blues

Walking along Wellington St. just past where the locks connect the Ottawa River to the Canal, I came across this vintage looking bike chained to a lamp post. As other cyclists whizzed by, I couldn't help but feel sorry for this classical beauty stuck in the role of bystander.

[ f/25, 1/60, 19mm, ISO 200 ]


i got the bicycle blues
all chained up

what'll i do

no rider nearby
i let out a sigh
'n shout 'n broadcast

i'm locked in the past

i'm locked in the past
'n my heart
is sinking a-way too fast

my classic lines
don't do me no good

i'd dance along this road
if only i could

but i'm just locked in the past

yes
i'm locked in the past
'n my heart
is sinking a-way too fast

i see a bike go by
makes me wanna cry

i look up
'n see the sun
people walkin'
'n havin' fun

yea
i got the bicycle blues

all chained up

what'll I do

no rider nearby
i let out a sigh
'n shout 'n broadcast

i'm locked in the past

i'm locked in the past
'n my heart
is sinking a-way too fast

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Monday, April 26, 2010

The Stories Left Untold

Another photo from the ghost town, Baclava, in the Ottawa Valley. Inside the old mill, shot through a portal in the door (a broken plank let me peek inside with my camera). The low light forced me to shoot this with a very high ISO in order to get the detail inside. The 'grittiness' or grain caused by the high ISO adds to the flavor of the shot.

[ f/10, 1/20, 18mm, ISO 2000 ]


In addition to the light that played so well through the interior, and the abandonned character of this scene, I was really drawn to the picnic table. Of all the elements here, this one gave substance to the workers that labored here.

a picnic table is an opportunity

to share a meal
to rest a weary back
to be a friend
to brag about the children
to console a grieving husband
to laugh about the weekend socials
to solve a family crisis

to form community

peer quietly into the space
and
hear the sound of tools
hear the laughter
hear the fatigue

hope thrived here
pride lived here
boys became men here

amidst these ruins
their spirit
still lives here

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Broken Windows, Broken Dreams

I spent an afternoon exploring an old mill town that is now abandonned. A few buildings remain standing, providing some testament to those that lived and worked there.

[ f/10, 1/100, 155mm, ISO 200 ]


shades of red and blue

oh walls
once solid
now bleeding through

how appropriate
these colours seem to me

i see the hue
of clear blue skies;
an invitation
for dreams to rise

i see red

blood soaked sweat instead

from they

whose hands
that built

these shelters
that now do wilt

and they

whose spirit permeates
and ever so cruelly

dominates

in every shattered beam
the broken remnants

of their broken dream

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring Crocus

Spring... finally! Viewed from just across Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

[ f/16, 1/125, 16mm, ISO 200 ]


i lie on my belly
and look through the crocus beds
emerge
from the cold winter
into a fresh perspective

it is finally spring
renewal
freshness
colour instead of greys and browns

i breathe in
the scent of grass
and
the faint perfume of simple dreams

that only exist
indeed persist
in the spring
of the changing seasons
in winter climates

where hope endures

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sigh - lo

There is an almost spiritual attraction to old rural buildings, even when they are in their last days...

[ f/11, 1/200, 116mm, ISO 200 ]


as age starts to crumble my bones
and my sagging spirit laments with quiet moans

i cannot but wonder if
someone passing by will see
and wish to record
the beauty still left in me

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Monday, March 29, 2010

The Colour Red

What is it about the colour red, that traps our gaze and dominates the surrounding colours?
And resides so magestic above all others?

[ f/5.6, 1/40, 16mm, ISO 200 ]


Red is the apple; the sweetness of temptation.
Red is sensual
when used to emphasize lips.
Red is danger.
And red is candy hearts and valentines.

Red is blood - perhaps of life itself
pulsating through our veins.
Red is the stop sign.
The wisdom to look in all directions.

Red is fire trucks
breaking the silence of the night.
Red is balloons
riding the breeze of Sunday afternoons in July.

Red is the clown's nose.
Red is a child's smile.

Red is anger;
your dad's disapproving look;
but red is also grad gowns and tassels
symbolic of maturity learned.

Red is the teacher marking my work.
Red is misplaced lessons;
Red is the re-alignment of hope.

Red is the ruby.
And red is the rust on a prized first car.

Red is fire.
And red is the sleigh
careening down a hillside of ice.

Red is warmth.

Red is the colour
of at least one door.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Urban Night

This photo was taken in Mississauga on a cold March evening. For whatever reason, the scene reminded me of a comic book page or drawing, and I was expecting to see a superhero or arch-villain cruise through the skies :)

[ f/9, 1.6, 26mm, ISO 3200 ]


Shooting upwards certainly plays a lot with perspective, as you can see by the variant angles of all the vertical lines. I think that's partly what adds to the comic-book feel of this for me. Combined with the 'noise' that's added from shooting with ISO set at 3200, the grainy texture looks drawn and colored in.

I can imagine the feel of the crayon against the paper. I especially like the contrast between the bright yellow and blue lights, set against the muted browns and greys of the buildings.

Distortion sometimes
rules the night
why else do we associate
the dark with fright?

But there is no nightmare to be had here.
Offices still lit for people working late;
apartments coming awake.

A common sight
on a common night
in an ordinary
urban place.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lights and Shadow

These lights are on a retaining wall, where the Rideau River spills out into the Ottawa River. The result is a wonderful picturesque waterfall, and these lights (along with others) provide for a colorful night time display.

[ f/14, 1/125, 170mm, ISO 200 ]


A bit of an abstract/still life.
I like how the shadows give a 3d dimension to the shape of the lights.
I also like the obvious juxtaposition of light and shadow to complete the subject.
The complementing textures of stone and iron.
The yellow and blue is also nice.
No poetry this time. No deep thoughts. Just an image that drew me in.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I Dreamed an Urban Fantasy

Captured in downtown Ottawa while out taking photographs with a friend.

[ f/8. 1/640, 22mm, ISO 200 ]


I dreamed an urban fantasy...
and this is what I saw

no light
where there was light
no profit
where dreams were advertised

I dreamed
of fortune and of success

I dreamed
of life in shadows dressed

From fruitless goals we would depart
if we could but find our way

but even yet
with signs all dark
and light all grey

we must persist
beyond the shadow
must life exist

and call
to all
that pass this by
to come
into the warming light

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Almost Spring

This photo was taken on Merivale Road, in Ottawa south. The starkness of the winter landscape make the trees along the road really stand out. This is one of a series of photos that I took along this route.

[ f/9, 1/1600, 16mm, ISO 200 ]


I was attracted to the apparent stubborness of the trees along this road. The fences, the wires, even the road, all seem to be trying to keep the tree separate and alone, adding somehow to the sense of gloom and cold that can be so much a part of dark winter days. Yet, something in its posture speaks of defiance and resolve. It's branches rise above the fences. Its stance leaning towards the light. Spring will triumph.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

D-lightful

I took this photo at the Museum of Civilization. I was drawn by the patterns, the repetitions, and the 'play' of the letter "D".

[ f/10, 1/8, 85mm, ISO 200 ]


the ceiling like an eye
sight from light

to gaze upon
the columns of might

in pattern
and in rhythym
take delight

for here i c
no -
make that i D

multiple personality...

but then,
we're all made up of different people,
aren't we?

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Friday, February 19, 2010

The Sanctuary

I came across this inspiring tree on the grounds of the National Art Gallery in Ottawa. It was photographed on a warmish winter day in February.

[ f/10, 1/320, 16mm, ISO 200 ]


I think of a sanctuary as a holy place;
a consecrated place where I can feel the presence of all creation;
where sacred objects and sacred thoughts are kept.

Beneath this tree I feel my being held
my breath complemented by all that breathe
my soul engulfed by loving hands
my mind fulfilled by thoughts of eternity

I stand
sheltered from danger or hardship
a canopy of strength to annoint my head
and banish from me
any fears
or wants
or foolish dreams

I stand nurtured
among these asylum boughs
strengthened in their resolve
to extend their refuge
far beyond the horizon

Is it any wonder
that as we wander
wherever trees such as these exist

we stop
and feel their comfort
compelled to share the knowledge they extend
beyond the reach of their branches
and into each of our being
breath
by branch
by breath

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Monday, February 8, 2010

The Old Red Truck

The Distillery District in Toronto is one of my favorite places to shoot. This old truck has been a subject a number of times, especially as it gets moved around from time to time to a different location within the district.

[ f/8, 1/100, 35mm, ISO 200 ]
Old Red Truck


Even in this state, you can feel the pride this grand old truck retains. It's classic beauty complementing the glory that once adorned the building it's parked in front of.

You can close your eyes for a moment and see the joy with which the young driver pulls up to the brewery doors, takes on a load of fresh ale, and then makes its rounds to the pubs and restaurants filled with eager patrons.

While the men load barrels on the back, you can see the driver pull out a handkerchief and polish a spot off the front fender. He smiles as he sees himself reflected in the polished steel. With a honk of the horn, he turns to the road, carefree and happy with a job he loves and the countless dreams that accompany him along his route.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Skaters [On the Rideau Canal]

A winter picture, given the season we are in: skaters on the Rideau Canal on a January morning.

[ f/25, 1/6 sec, 85mm, ISO 200, ND filters ]


This is part of a series that I am currently doing with respect to motion. I'm intrigued by the poetic way that slower shutter speeds can represent motion and bring extra vitality into a scene.

I like the sense it produces of skaters moving at varying speeds:

the parents sharing a relaxed skate with wide-eyed children;
the couples dancing their way down the skateway together;
the speedsters weaving in and out of the crowd;
the tourists strapping on a pair of blades for the first time;
here and there an elderly couple, smiles and memories steadying their movements;
smiles are contagious here;
and even the cold weather gets welcomed and praised, at least for today, its sting forgotten and lost
amidst the pleasure that a winter skate on a frozen canal can bring.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

multiplicity

Photo taken in the Center Block, Canada's Parliament building. A view of the arches.

[ f/5.6 1/13 sec, 85mm, ISO 2000 ]


what heights
to aspire to?

what limits
to be endured?

as grand as arches are
do they
then
grand ideas signify?

it should be so

cry both

they
whose needs they satisfy

they
whose needs that mystify

it should be so

among these chambers
of government

to where a nation
her welfare sent

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Algebraic

Boat/parts + algebraic_Symbols = abstract!
[ f/5.3, 1/30 sec, 62mm, ISO 1600 ]


I love how the Nikon D300 handles high ISO! I had to push it up because of the poor lighting [for photography that is!] where this old boat was displayed.

As for this shot - I was attracted by the contrasting texture of the wood vs the steel. I saw the math immediately and thought about how any object really is more than the sum of all its parts. The 'equals' and 'less than' sign seemed to emphasize that concept in this composition.

The neat thing about abstracts of course is that they have beauty beyond the specific object they represent. The true meaning of an abstract lies in the eye of the viewer - they provide a meaning based on an emotion, an experience, or a theme that is somehow linked to their own experience and forms an idea out of their own imagination.

An abstract evokes images and meaning from the viewer.

I think therefore, that an abstract is one of the truer examples of collaborative art.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Winter Forest

I was out snow shoeing in the forest that crosses the Ridge not far from where I live. The starkness of the bare trunks, the spaces between filled in by spruce and evergreens - a most wonderful pattern of textures to provide a background for winter daydreaming.
[ f/8, 1/40, 40mm, ISO 200 ]


In a snowy winter
few human voices break the silence;
the only voice that speaks comes from the trees
as they creek and sway in the winter wind.

There's always shelter in the woods.

I imagine how tight a blanket the forest weaves;
close my eyes and see the rows of trees close ranks.
Evergreens dance to their places between the trunks
choreagraphed by the cartoons of my youth.
Are Disney characters lurking just off stage?

And then so clear
I begin to see the tree bark which will morph
into the wisdom folds
that adorn the faces of gentle elders
who braved these elements and found repose
in the comfort of a balanced world
celebrating the connection
between me
... and season
............. and natural world.

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