Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Greetings



We wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2008!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Remembering Christmas


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

Old Jack's Trees


These trees are the same ones that are shown in the posting below, only taken from a 90 degree angle on the right. Every time I see this group of trees, dominated by the red pine, I think of my old friend and mentor, Jack Shepherd. I'll never forget that he photographed these same trees with an old Minolta XE7, and it was a cold autumn day, with a chop on the lake. He wanted it to be dramatic. So he blew his breath on the lens until it was completely fogged. Then he waited for the fog to gradually clear off, and at just the right moment, he fired the shutter. Shooting in Black & White, and using a tripod, that photo took first prize in competitions all over the world. It is hanging in art galleries in the USA and Europe, and made the cover of the most prestigious photographic art magazine in Japan at the time. Whew! You had to see it to really appreciate the beauty of it. Jack is gone to his rest now, and I always remember what a fantastic man he was, and a terrific teacher as well. God love him!

After the Storm


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

No Swimming? No Kidding!


Quite a while has passed since I posted anything on this site. Preparing for the Christmas Holidays, and the business end of the snowblower, has kept me fairly busy. However, this afternoon, I decided that I would find something out there for my blog. I visited the Government Dock, or King's Landing, as it has been renamed, and found this sign "No Swimming." It reminded me that in about 3 weeks from now, on New Year's Day, there would be those brave or insane folks, depending on your point of view, who would cut a hole in the ice on Lake Nipissing, and dive into the frigid waters. Those hardy souls are members of The Polar Bear Club, and I cannot foresee becoming a member myself anytime soon. Besides, I can't swim........Yeah, Right...Brrrrr!
Hypothermia anyone? The slipping ice formation looks somewhat like a futuristic aircraft, blasting off for warmer climes. Winter is here!