Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Ghost Ship

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

Quiet Time

The birds that hatched above her, and perched on her wings before tumbling down into the water to bathe, have all gone now. She is surrounded by the fallen golden birch leaves, and will soon be cleaned before being stowed away for the winter. Another Summer and Autumn has passed, and it is time for quiet now......before the howling winter winds.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Out Behind The Shed

For some reason, unknown to me, I can count on one hand the number of sunsets I have photographed. It's probably because everyone else does such a wonderful job of sunsets, one more from me is not needed. However, this picture caught my eye, as the sun was setting out behind my brother-in-law's old shed in New Liskeard, Ontario. There is a certain mood of solitude about it, and the certainty that beauty is happening everywhere, whether we realize it or not, or take the time to notice....something I haven't been doing much of lately. Time to shape up I guess. I took this photo about 30 years ago, using my old SRT101 and Kodachrome, when I was first learning about photography. It's nice to look back sometimes......

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Night Time Visitors

When this picture was taken, there were no computers. They had not been invented yet. I was exposing my first roll of Kodachrome 25 slide film with my old Minolta SRT101, and a Rokkor 50mm, 1.4 lens. The exposure was somewhere around f8 for about 30 seconds, using a tripod of course. I never dreamed that one day, I would happen upon this old slide while searching for something else. Sometimes that's how treasures are found, when we are not looking for them. And I still have very fond memories of that old SRT101 clunker. It captured many many memories of our children as they grew up, and all the various family occasions. So I just had to scan this on my 7200 dpi Plustek film/slide scanner, and pass it along to anyone who cares to enjoy.
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

Autumn's Awning

Usually I go out to the woods somewhere in search of autumn colours. But this year, I only went as far a my back deck. The whole side of my studio is buried in Engleman's Ivy, and earlier in the spring, I came very close to tearing it all out, as it did not look like it had survived last winter. However, as usual, my attention went elsewhere, and I never got around to stripping it all off of the studio. Good thing I didn't, as I have never seen its colour so lovely as this year. Usually the frost gets it by now, and we do not have time to enjoy it very much. Hope you enjoy it as well. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Last Rose of Summer?

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.

Windy Day by Lake Nipissing

This afternoon, my wife and I took a walk along the waterfront of Lake Nipissing in North Bay. It was very windy, and surprisingly not all that cold for October. As you can see, spray from the lake made some parts of the walkway wet. But the sun was shining, and it was a nice way to spend an hour. There is still lots of colourful plants all along, but when we wanted to sit awhile, we had to choose a bench a little further back from the shoreline. I haven't really gotten around to doing any autumn colours yet. Maybe soon.

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.