Thursday, June 28, 2012

Datura Pentaswirl....

This unopened Datura blossom was shot at about 6:30 pm, and it has opened up fully at the time of this posting. It would have made an interesting shot if I had done about 10 multiple exposures spaced about 10 minutes apart. Hindsight is 20/20 so they say. This is my first posting from my new laptop, and it will be nice to be able to do a little posting while I am "on the road" at various points in time. As for this "Datura PentaSwirl", I just enjoyed the lovely graphic symetry of it in this state. Hope you like it also....


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Since I seem to be in a yesteryear frame of  mind, I decided to post this image of a "homestead lass" that I ran into while walking about an old heritage site on the shores of Lake Erie on the weekend. She was very polite and cheerful, but it must have been very warm in that period costume. I did not get her name, but I told her that I would likely post her photo on my blog, and she didn't mind. So thank you young lady, you play the part very well. Then again, she is probably always a pleasant person, unlike many of the young folks you sometimes encounter, with their sullen expressions of cold intensity. She was a refreshing encounter for sure.......

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mystery Man

One of the attractions aside from the tall ship in port, was this fellow. Usually, I ask permission to post people pictures on my blog, but this fellow was too busy with his performance for me to get this from him. He was demonstrating to everyone who cared to watch, how he could impale the baloon with this long needle, without bursting it. He had some very technical explainations for the exact point of entry and exit to accomplish this feat. Of the several images that I took of him, I chose this one, as his face is obscured by the baloon, which hides his identity somewhat, and gives him a somewhat "mysterious" look....Hope you like it.

Tied Up - Time Out

This fellow is relaxing aboard this tall ship that stopped by in Windsor, Ont. last week. I had expected to see a much larger vessel, and as a result spent most of my time photographing people instead. Hope you like it......

A Storyteller and Musician

Last week, I went down to the river to check out a tall ship that was apparently tied up in front of Caesars Casino. However, I spent more time talking with this very interesting lady who obviously enjoyed life as it was in past times. She is the one and only Pauline Grondin, and if you go to her web site, www.paulinegrondin.com
you can find out all about her. She is a story teller and musician, with French Canadian and Irish roots, and has travelled far and wide telling stories, and playing music. From her website, it appears that she plays the guitar, bodhran (celtic drum) the harp, and also the auto harp and hammer dulcimer. Except for the guitar, these are not your every day musical instruments. Check her out at a folk festival this summer, you can find her events on her site.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Flowers for Fred...

Many many years ago, when I was a young ambulance attendant, (now called paramedics) I assisted in the Emerg Department with resuisitating a middle aged man who had had a cardiac arrest. We were successful in reviving him and he promptly told us all that "it was so very beautiful out there" and if he should happen to go unconscious again, do him a favour and NOT bring him back. We were all so relieved that he was with us again, but in a few minutes he went unconscious once more. This time it took longer to revive him, and when he did become conscious, he was very very upset that we had not granted his earlier wishes. He again said that it was "more beautiful out there than words can describe, and please do not bring him back again to this world". However, he did pass out again, and when we revived him the third time, he came off of the table swinging at us, and was extremely angry at us all. Of course, this incident made me wonder many years afterward about the afterlife. I am not a religious fellow, but I am spiritual....most would probably figure that is contradictory, but I have always felt that regardless of beliefs or not, the spirit is something we acquire the moment of birth, long before we are capable of believing anything. Why am I so serious tonight? Well, my wife and I just lost her brother, my brother-in-law, who would have celebrated his birthday today. He will be missed big time, long time. Someone commented to me that they had no idea that he had so many friends. I told them that that was because he knew how to be a friend. A lot of folks talk about life and living. Fred DID life! When anyone needed anything, and I mean anything, he was first in line to help out. I just hope that he has arrived in that "beautiful place out there". This image is one that I shot from a bouquet left to the family by the Paramedics in Haileybury, Ont.. Thanks guys, you're the best.....