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Friday, December 21, 2007
A few days ago, I got to fumbling around in the studio, trying to conjure up something that reminded me of Christmas when I was a kid growing up in Corner Brook. But I did not have a clue as to what I was going to do. So I got in the car and drove over to a local department store to buy a few things, wrapping paper, etc.. As I passed a shelf in the food section, something caught my eye. Peppermint Knobs!! Yes, that would do it. I hadn't eaten those since I was a kid and it was usually only at Christmas time that we got to enjoy them. I hope everyone out there who happens to visit my blog, will have the Happiest and "Sweetest" Christmas ever, and a very Healthy and Prosperous New Year also.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Earlier in September, I had posted this same setting on a quiet afternoon. We just had a pretty wild storm on the weekend, and I thought that I might find something around Sunset Point Park again. When I arrived, the sun was almost gone over the horizon, and I had to wade up to my waist in snow, over buried rocks, to get myself in position for this sunset scene. The temperature was around -15 C., and the bluish hue of the snow resulting from the reflected light from the sky, and the contrasting yellowish orange colours of the sunset, makes for a rather peaceful scene.......away from the bustling Christmas shopping at the Malls.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Hypothermia anyone? The slipping ice formation looks somewhat like a futuristic aircraft, blasting off for warmer climes. Winter is here!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tonight is the night when some 78 years ago, my Dad and Mother married. If they were still living they both would have been 103 years old. Dad was a sailor from the time he was 11, when he went to the Labrador to help support his family. His father had been injured in the seal hunt, so it fell to him to help provide. He lived on the water until he was married at age 25, and swore he would never again leave Newfoundland. He used to tell us ghost stories of seeing phantom ships in the tropics, and large balls of light travelling at great speed just above the water. Of course it scared the bejeebers out of us kids, but now it is with much fondness that his stories are recalled to mind. So tonight, I photographed a ghost ship. When looking at it, I ask myself, is this ship sinking to its watery grave.......or, is it rising from it...? Happy Halloween!!!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The traffic up and down Signal Hill, St. John's, Newfoundland, and the greenish hue of the Marconi Tower, made for a striking and colourful night time scene, I think. Aaah, the good old days......
Friday, October 5, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
The colour of this wild rose caught my eye, as I had not expected to see roses in October. The wind was tossing it around wildly, and I did not think I stood a ghost of a chance of getting a decent shot. Then my wife said, "looks like the last rose of summer." So I knew I had to at least try. Usually when I photograph flowers, I use a tripod, and very careful focusing. However, today I had no tripod, and in this wind, it would have been useless anyway. So I put my Fuji FinePix S9100 digital camera on Auto focus, and Aperture Priority mode at f5.6 and hoped for the best. I was very surprised that it turned out this well. While it is not perfectly focused when viewed up close, it made me happy considering the circumstances. Hope you enjoy also.
Monday, October 1, 2007
It's Sunday morning, and I am enjoying a quiet coffee, as the rest of my clan are gone to the grocery store for a few items. The sunlight is beautiful this time of the year, and I noticed a shaft of light spilling onto this little violet plant that was sitting on top of the dish washer. My wife had picked it up at an estate sale, and had nursed it along until it was finally blooming. So I went and got my Fuji FinePix S20Pro digital camera, and pushed the macro button for this closeup shot. The velvety texture of the petals, and the hairy leaves make this a very nice house plant. The purple colour is so rich. Hope you like it.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
This wooden walkway at Shallow Bay Provincial Park was built to help preserve the dune vegetation. We had hoped for a long walk on the beach, but with rather ominous clouds gathering and increasing winds, we knew that our walk was going to be shorter than hoped for. But the distant sound of the waves on the shoreline did provide for a wonderful way to drift off to sleep that night......And the tent got soaked!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Camera ~ Minolta Maxxum 9, 35mm
Lens ~ Minolta Rokkor 35mm to 105mm zoom.
Film ~ Fuji Reala 100 colour negative
Scanner ~ Minolta Dimage Scan Dual
Software ~ Adobe Photoshop 7 & Genuine Fractals
Sunday, September 16, 2007
These two pipers were taking a well deserved break after their march all over New Liskeard during the Fall Fair Parade. I came across them resting outside "Sweetie's" kiosk at the fair grounds. The elderly gentleman was quick to agree that the real "sweetie" was his partner!
It was a pleasant day among pleasant people.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Nothing says that summer is over quite like these swings. Where are all the kids? Probably in daycare, or learning to play on computers somewhere......"must have obtained their quota of fresh air and exercise I guess." Sunset Point Park is pretty empty today.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
"hey, over here guys, take my picture!" So I did.
Sometimes when you grow up on a rock, the only way to get noticed is to be colourful........
Monday, August 20, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
As I was driving by, this cluster of satellite dishes caught my eye. It made me stop the car and take this picture. Not that it has any artistic merit, but it sort of says something about who we are, or have become. The song by Bruce Springstein came to mind, "57 chanels and nothing on," and I guessed that to be relevant nowadays, it would have to be "900 chanels and nothing on." Are we more knowledegable today, or more distracted than ever before? Are we "tuned in" or "tuned out?" God only knows, and I'm betting he's not sure. I wonder if the owners are closer as a result of this technology, or more isolated? It is probably just evidence that we have bought into the marketing message, that we have to look outside of ourselves for entertainment. Or is this just a simple example of our desire to "keep up with the neighbours?" Ahh, but winters are long in the north. "Edit', get me another beer!" "Ooooh K. Archie."
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
While walking along this beach, I was hoping to possibly catch a glimpse of a whale somewhere beyond the surf. But that was not to be on this day. However, if you use your imagination, just a little, you can envision the tail of a whale, in the surf formation in the foreground, as it flows away from the rocks. No, I have not been into the rum.......yet. Pounding ocean waves, salt sea air, relentless wind, empty beach.......freeeeedom!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Not seen in this picture of these once sturdy and proud fishing boats, are the men who used them to earn their daily bread. It only takes imagination to envision them, sitting at the kitchen table, cup of tea in hand, and gazing far out to sea, where they used to roam in search of the cod. These craft, like their owners, have been relegated to the sidelines in the overall scheme of things in this world. Like the farmers, the fishermen have succumed to the "better" way of providing food for all of our tables. When these people are all gone, what fare will be offered in the fancy restaurants of the large cities? It seems that everyone is concerned about global warming, caused by doing things the "bigger & better" way, and not many are concerned or consider at all the plight of ordinary people, who are the ones that really make the world go round.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Camera ~ Fuji FinePix S9100
Software ~ Corel Paint ShopPro Photo XI
Monday, July 2, 2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Saturday, June 30, 2007
This lovingly restored '60 Ford Thunderbird, caught my eye while out for a short bike ride after dinner. Instead of capturing the whole car, I preferred to capture just certain emblems of the past. Older cars had so much style as compared to the newer models of today, which appear to me to all look like lozenges. But that's the results of windtunnel designings.