Saturday, October 31, 2009

Old Cemetery

Sometimes when I go out to shoot photos, I will use a lens that is not designed for what is being photographed. This day, I chose to use my 100 mm Varisoft Portrait lens on the tombstones in the old cemetery in Sandwich. It is often a good exercise, and the resulting photos somewhat unusual. It lent an eerie glow to the back lit scene. But I have always found cemeteries to be restful and informative places. Some of the tombstones date back to the 1800's, and give a bit of history of the times. However, this is the one night of the year that such places supposedly offer up ghoulish creatures. At least that's what we are fed by the various media these days. Television is full of so called paranormal activity shows, and they seem to be quite popular. I have watched a few, and find them quite comical actually. Hopefully everyone will have a safe Halloween, and I am glad that I used the soft focus lens on this day, as it helped create a somewhat ghostly aura effect..... and that folks, is about as spooky as I will get this year! Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Transition Time

Out beyond the breakwater, there is a horizon, but today, the water and sky just melded into one colour. It reminded me of the words to an old song from back home, about in the morning on the bay, there are 40 shades of grey. It is the time of year when everything changes. There is a flourish of colour, and then there are these scenes of quiet bleakness. Nothing is moving and the only sounds are the squaking of the gulls in the distance. This scene is at Belle River, on the shore of Lake St. Clair, and is a stark contrast to the colours of Olde Sandwich Towne. Hope you enjoy it also....

Beside the Cemetery

This deserted sidewalk with the sunlight filtering through the leaves overhead made for a very peaceful walk. It runs beside the old cemetery in Sandwich.

Patchwork Quilt.....

After shooting the scene below, I wandered up to join my wife, and she told me that there was some interesting patterns in the stone walkway close by. I went to check it out, and found that the moss had grown up between the stones, and was making a very nice lush green pattern. She said that it reminded her of a patchwork quilt. So I took a shot or two, and we proceeded on to the old cemetery across the street in the St. Andrews Church yard.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Golden Moment

This old bandshell looks rather splendid nestled amongst the golden Autumn leaves. It is located in Olde Sandwich Town, just behind MacKenzie Hall, and the old jail. Sitting alone on the bench, this lady seems to be enjoying a quiet moment of reflection. There is an empty space beside her on the bench, as if someone should be sitting there sharing the moment. However, that person was busy at the time taking this picture, and being delighted that he could finally include her in one of his scenes, as she rarely lets him aim the camera in her direction. But he convinced her that she helped lend scale to the photo, and she seemed O.K. with that........

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Grape Press

This replica of an old grape press brought visuals to mind of the homesteaders gathered around feeding grapes into it, and collecting the juice for wine. This old homestead is in the heart of wine country of Essex county. There are more than a few roadside signs designating the property as a Winery as you drive along the shoreline of Lake Erie.

Old Homestead

It is Autumn in most of Canada, and the hillsides and ravines are full of the usual red and gold colours, as the leaves react to the shortened hours of daylight, and the cooler and often frosty nights. However, here in the southern most tip of this country, it just isn't ready to happen yet. I went out into the county to find some of those colours, and as you can tell from this scene, had to settle for Autumn colours on the buildings instead. This old homestead, which was a 114 acre lot right on the shore of Lake Erie, just West of Kingsville, Ontario, was settled by John A Park and his wife and 6 children around 1842. It is now a Conservation Area. We arrived there about a half an hour before closing time, and this did not allow much time for photography. This is one of the scenes that I did manage to shoot, and I found the Hollyhock by the split rail fence in the foreground to be a nice complimentary daub of colour to the building in the background. It is a place that I shall likely return to another time.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving...

A couple of days ago, I came into the living room and found this lovely bouquet on the coffee table. It was compliments of our neighbours, Terri and Henry. They have such a lovely English Style garden, with flowers blooming from early Spring to late Autumn. It is a delight to watch them change as the weeks and months pass. This shot was taken as I had quickly become totally bored with the hockey game that was on T.V., and it occurred to me today to use it to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Hope you all have a very pleasant weekend with family and friends. All the best......