Abandonment and Decay

Collapsing barns, ravaged by the forces of nature. Houses once new and filled with life, left to rot and wither with their untold stories. It is the true inevitable order of things, that entropy and the passage of time will win; thus it is what we do with our NOW that matters most.

 

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All About People

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– Tamara, the most important person in my life. Gifted songwriter and singer. Soul mate. I had her stand in a large 9th floor window for this backlit silhouette result.

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– A water truck mishap on Vancouver Island, and this poor guy didn’t know WHAT to do.

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– A windshield shot of this street-side soft drink peddler. Must stop some day to buy one, get his story.

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– Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you see a black clad person afloat in a big pond. This was taken in Kitchener Ontario. I believe it was part of an art installation. I sure hope so.

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– Big city gritty on the streets of Toronto.

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– Beaches Jazz Festival, Toronto.

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– Beaches Jazz Festival, Toronto.

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– The fishing star, High Park Toronto on a beautiful summer evening.

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– Easy riders. Mennonites in southwestern Ontario.

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– Hard workers. Mennonites in southwestern Ontario.

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– Drinkers. A downtown watering hole that I was pulled into by total strangers who found me photographing a little sidewalk garden outside the establishment. It was a fun couple of hours.

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– Couldn’t pass up this photo opp, taken at an improvisational music event in Toronto.

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– Playing with exposure durations at the same music performance as above.

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– Jerome Godboo in action. Widely considered the world’s best harmonica player. Toronto is proud of him.

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– Same harp blaster, different outfit.

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– As seen inside Casa Loma, Toronto.

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– We have a new mayor now. John Tory. This photo harkens back to the glory days of ex-mayor Rob Ford.

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– Nuit Blanche 2013. An all night art event held in Toronto.

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– Nuit Blanche; a long exposure using a Queens Park picnic table for a tripod.

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– The Rex, Toronto. A great watering hole and venue for jazz and blues.

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– Conor Gains at The Rex.

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– Tough guy stance at the Toronto G20.

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– Impressing the gals.

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– The lazy days of summer. (hey fella, we can see your ass)

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– Street festival fiddler.

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– Character corner, in the rougher part of town.

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– My favourite characters from Woofstock 2012. (an annual street festival in Toronto that celebrates dogs)

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– Daydreamer on the streetcar, Toronto. (yes, I asked permission to take the photo)

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– Friendly zombies at Zombie Walk 2013.

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– Lovers with a view, from atop the hill that leads to Casa Loma. I think you know this is Toronto by now 🙂

Thus ends this theme. I hope you enjoyed. See you seeing me again soon.

A Chilling Touch

We approach that time of year, rapidly now. The white world will be upon us. The monochromatic blanket. A frosted hard surface beneath our feet. This is for us who live where the seasons change. We will complain about the cold, the blowing snow, the shovelling and slippery roads. There will be too many days of pervasive grey above our heads. The calendar, once it passes all the holiday season tradition and a new year befalls, will crawl. The flowers and new leaves of Spring will seem a distant memory. Yes, this is the hold of winter upon those of us who live in its grasp. That said, there are beauties within. Touches of primal planet artwork. Here then is a mix of images that I captured to share a range of winter’s moods.

 

When cold grows gold :

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When sundown and snowfall collaborate :

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When you feel lost in it:

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After the harvest:

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At recess:

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After an ice storm:

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Stop? Brrrr! Yes, I will. Just one more image, to wish you all a safe and happy Holiday Season. See you in 2015!

 

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Airplane Window

Most of them could care less about the view outside that little pane. They fixate on small screens. They sip their drinks, chew their snacks, try to disguise their farts. They wriggle and squirm as all those beverages fill six mile high bladders. Check the washroom signs, look at the screens. Then you get the oddballs. The ones who read books. (remember…? spines, pages, covers) The ones who peer through the little pane to see what Earth looks like from a higher than everyday vantage. Me.

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– A verdant valley in the Cascade mountain range. I wonder if the person beside me will notice if I reach down into my jeans to scratch my pouch for a minute.

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– Same valley, different need. I wonder if I can stomach a tiny cuplet of that gawdawful WestJet coffee.

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– A frozen valley and a fertile valley. Does that mofo ahead of me really need to put his seat so far back? Too many witnesses here. I guess I can’t accidentally lacerate his scalp with my lens hood.

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– A cloud cap for a peak in the Cascades. This coffee tastes like it was filtered through the anus of a moose. (not that I would know, eh?)

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– This gives me a reason to use one of my favourite words : dappled. Okay, I’ll admit it isn’t an actual favourite word. I’d use it to hand you your ass on a Scrabble board, though.

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– One for the Cloud Appreciation Society. Sky porn.

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– Toronto, or at least a part of its sprawling wanna be. See you later, siren city.

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– British Columbia’s gulf islands during sunset. Could this planet get any uglier?

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– Red engorged inflamed deeply penetrating glory, all through a small opening. Nature don’t care how big your window is.

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– Calm down. Sun is following orbital orders. The hush is marred only by the constant yapping and fidgeting of these passengers.

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– Gulf island mirage painting. I keep waiting for a gull to splatter its brain all over this window.

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– More mirage dream cream. No gull brains. Shitty coffee. Life is good.

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– In the general vicinity of Vancouver. Oh Canada.

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– More majesty on the west/wet coast. I wonder who will be first to manufacture an entirely transparent airplane so these views can be forced upon the fliers. Look, damn it. Look!

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– Sweetness with the rugged.

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– Big freighters looking like toys. (yes, I’m taking a dumb-caption break)

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– The greater Vancouver area has certainly grown.

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– I see the hint of a rainbow in the mountains. These photos are from May 2014.

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– Vancouver with a bit of sun bath.

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– Craggy. Over the Rockies, baby.

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– Cloud bellies scraping mountain ridges near Kelowna B.C.

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– Lake Okanagan mirror, near Kelowna.

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– Gear down, coming into Victoria airport. Tour is over. I hope you enjoyed the aerials. Areola. Whatever!

Give Me Space

Autumnal

– County Wellington, Ontario : Autumnal spaces

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– County Wellington, Ontario

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– From a recreational trail that links Elora and Fergus, Ontario

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– Near Elora Ontario

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– Near Fergus, Ontario

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– Elora Ontario

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– County Wellingtion, Ontario

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– Elora Ontario

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– Near Alton, Ontario

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– Lake Ontario near Toronto

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– Juan de Fuca strait, near Victoria B.C.

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– Long View Beach, Vancouver Island

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– Lake Ontario near the Scarborough Bluffs, Toronto

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– Otter Point, Vancouver Island

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– Juan de Fuca strait, Vancouver Island near Sooke

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– Near Orangeville Ontario

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– County Wellington, Ontario

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– Looking South from Dallas Road, Victoria B.C.

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– Near Forks of the Credit, Orangeville Ontario

Did you enjoy that? Good. Me too. See me again soon.

New Growth

It feels liberating to unceremoniously delete 171 blog offerings. It feels spacious to free up all that bandwidth, headroom, WordPress acreage, for a restart. I’m going to be posting a wide variety of themes, heavy on the photo visuals as usual and spiced with whatever lingo seems necessary given my mood when the need to barf all over the ego-net strikes.

Stay tuned. I have a few rants working themselves to the surface.

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