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Wind Me Up

Near the south-west corner of La Citadelle in Québec City is a large gun manufactured by Krupp, a Prussian company (interesting origin for a cannon on Canadian soil) that has since rebranded and now makes coffee machines. In any case, old machines of war (particularly projectile launchers) are interesting because of how …

Gone To Pots

In Ville de Québec in the lower area there is a restaurant called Le Lapin Sauté. We didn’t get a chance to eat in there (we weren’t actually hungry at that time, having so recently devoured some delicious crêpes), but I had to stop and capture a few images of their interesting décor. To …

Getting a Handle On Things

Back in 2005, I captured this image on a cloudy and rainy day. In August of 2016, I returned to take another photo, but found that someone had fixed the door, moved a hinge and replaced the door handle. Furthermore, the conditions were completely different: instead of a cold, rainy day, …

Floating Summer Lily

The Spruce Bog Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park is like an old friend – this year, though, it seemed a bit different. The water levels were down and the summer had been pretty harsh, resulting in some interesting changes. For instance, there were not as many dragonflies soaring about; on the …

Rest Stop

My friend’s mother has a fantastic flower garden in Essex which is a joy to photograph. During this particular visit, the sun was out in full force, which makes for a higher possibility of washed-out photos. Of course, where there are flowers, there are butterflies, and capturing a butterfly in …

Two-fur

There is a tree near our house that is hollow on one side. Raccoons have been living there for years, and even though they can be pests, they are so cute when they are wee. During the evenings in the early summer months, the mother takes them outside of their home …

Safe and Sound

A week before I took this picture, I saw this little Boston Oriole floundering under the leaves of a giant hosta – with the parents fluttering around like mad seemingly trying to protect it. When I took this photo, though, the wee Oriole had finally found the power of flight, and …

Same Difference

In the front garden, several varieties of Sweet William (dianthus barbatus) grow. While each plant is a different colour, one of them has produced several colours on the same stem. I found this to be a fascinating occurrence, and thought that it would make an interesting composition.

Dropped In

Sometimes a dull, humid morning can result in some spectacular imagery. I was checking out a snail in my garden when I noticed that the leaves of one particular species of perennial (Columbine) collected a significant amount of water – in large drops. With the sky being somewhat muted and …

Twisted

If you’re ever looking for a great study in texture and form, visit a vineyard. At any given time of the year (including winter) you can find a subject to focus on. This image (taken in Napa Valley) shows something that looks like barbed wire – but if you look …

Collection

If you have never been to Napa Valley, I would recommend visiting the area – especially the small town of Yountville (just north of Napa). It is a gorgeous little town with lavender everywhere. As you walk down the streets, the smell of the flowering plants permeates the air, as …

Denied

After the first period in the game that I was invited to shoot, the teams switched sides, which brought my friend’s son’s team closer to where I was perched. I removed the extender, which allowed me to dial the lens to f/2.8, giving me the ability to dial down the …

Pucking Awesome

A friend of mine asked me to take some photos of his son playing hockey (his son plays goaltender). It was definitely a new experience for me – and very challenging. Between the odd lighting and the fast action, it was far more different than the shoots that I have …

Engine 235

It can never be denied that the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York (September 11th, 2001) was a tragedy. Regardless of what anyone thinks in regards to the event itself (and what led up to it), a large number of men and women lost their lives that …

De-Railed

If you have never been to the High Line, make sure you check it out if you ever visit New York City. It is essentially a linear park built on an elevated railroad spur along the west side of Manhattan. It is an excellent use of an abandoned section of transit, …

About Face

The vegetation along the High Line (New York City) is quite spectacular. On a recent walkabout in the city that never sleeps, I saw this cluster of Asters in the linear park that looked like they were watching over the path. The overcast sky and drizzle made for a neat composition that emphasized …

Cannonball

I shoot photos of my daughter’s soccer team for myself and the other parents because I think action shots of sporting events are far more interesting than the posed photos that the league provides. In the non-posed photos, you can really see the personality of the kids shine through, and every …

Not Quite Harvest

This photo is an improvement over the one I took earlier this year. It’s true that this moon is much closer to being full – and while this is great because it is reflecting more light from the sun, it is also not so great because it is reflecting more …

Ascension

While insects may give some people the heebie-jeebies, to others they have the potential to hold deeper meaning. Sometimes, insects remind us of people in our lives that we treasure – or perhaps they are a sign of positive events to come. It’s a personal thing that we have to …

Yellow on Yellow

The garden in front of my house attracts all kinds of pollen-gatherers. While my ongoing quest to capture a European Wool Carder on film is still not complete, there are other great opportunities that are constantly presenting themselves. This hover fly, for instance, is perfectly framed in the flower that …