Saturday, July 21, 2007

For Christine

Christine, thank you so much for dropping by today with Steve. I had not met him before, and had not seen you for several years. You cannot know how very wonderful it was to see you again. And it was also a dream come true for me to have you finally meet your cousin Wendi.
Over the years, I've done a series of photos of an old violin that I had painted white. I never quite knew what to use these photos for, except for something to kickstart my creative juices when they decided to dry up. I always look into peoples eyes, whom I haven't seen for a while, as it tells me just a little of how their lives have been. Yours told me of a sadness, and courage, and yet a deep vein of serenity that lay quietly underneath. It made me think of this photo, which I hope conveys a sense of character, warmth and strength. It was taken with existing light that is warm and gentle. Peace to you my girl.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Whale Surf, Cape Ray, NFLD

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

Abandoned Boats, Great Northern Peninsula, NFLD

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

Splash of Colour at North Bay's Waterfront

This splash of colour caught my eye as I strolled at the North Bay Waterfront recently. To inprove the composition the way I would have liked to, I would have had to climb in amongst the flowers, Sooo... I decided to just shoot for the colour alone, and be happy with that. Thanks to the folks that give of their time to make things beautiful around there.

Camera ~ Fuji FinePix S9100

Software ~ Corel Paint ShopPro Photo XI

Monday, July 2, 2007

This old anchor, now on display in Mattawa, Ont. was recovered from the water behind it. A reminder of an era past, and those who worked so hard to make this country what it is today. Heavy metal, fashioned and used by Steel Hard Men.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Canadian Women Raising Their Voices

The Canada Day Celebrations at the North Bay waterfront were much smaller this year, than in the past, with the lack of an act to Headline the events. However, the performers who were on hand for the event were, with the exception of 3 men, all women.......! Where were all the "men" today? Thanks to all these Women who belly danced, beat drums, and fiddled and clogged, their hearts out to show that CANADA DAY meant something! Happy Canada Day!!