Coming Upon Amber

These delicate flowers live in a leafy cropping so dense that the leaves themselves are almost black. I did nothing to tweak the colours here... the gorgeous amber colour of the petals is exactly what my naked eye saw. Perhaps the dark indigo-green leaves gave the contrast needed to make the petals look so vibrant; … Continue reading Coming Upon Amber


The staghorn sumacs around my yard shed leaves all summer... it's the squirrels who break some branches and hasten their transformation into beautiful reds and pinks. Against the backdrop of deep dark forest greens, they give off their own light. This is how I see them in my minds-eye. They wilt into a gentle cascade … Continue reading Cascade

A Moment of Contemplation

Obviously, I didn't take this shot, but I feel it's worth sharing as part of my creative process. I was standing for a time near the water's edge, contemplating what might be floating downstream from the waterfall. Everything around me was green, but I was apparently so focused that my friends and my wife couldn't … Continue reading A Moment of Contemplation

A Living Painting

A day in the woods of Rawdon, Quebec... everywhere you looked there was something strange and wonderful to see. In a small area, near the river, we found these odd little caterpillars. I haven't the foggiest idea what the butterfly must look like and I'm not sure I care; this was amazing enough. It was … Continue reading A Living Painting

A Beautiful Day on the Farm

The last days of summer spent on excursions into the countryside with family and friends... well, as many as allowed under COVID restrictions. Stopping at a roadside farmer's market to get some fresh supplies for the week ahead and parking next to a field of amazing sunflowers. Each one sings with love and life... so … Continue reading A Beautiful Day on the Farm

Painterly Perspectives

I guess I did a good job because I can't really remember what the original colour of these flowers was. They may have been blue, but they might also have been yellow, or orange. I'm not sure. I played with this image about a week ago and it's been an incredibly full week. I just … Continue reading Painterly Perspectives

That’s An Orange of a Different Colour

Another visit to the Farmer's Market and a huge bin full of these orange beauties. Almost pumpkins, but not quite. Textured like zucchini, but not quite. The size of the average butternut squash, but not quite. It's orange, but the variations of hues and intensities on each squash make it... well, not quite orange either. … Continue reading That’s An Orange of a Different Colour

The Creature’s Cave

For me, monochrome photos always seem more cinematic. The stories that come to mind are almost always related to old monster movies from the 1950s... which are invariably in black and white. It seems to me that the directors had to be more experienced with traditional photography to frame their shots. Perhaps because they so … Continue reading The Creature’s Cave

The Essense of Wabi-Sabi

My dwarf Japanese Maple never fails to inspire me. It could be that this tiny tree always looks ancient. Maybe it's just that it is packed with texture and character. I just love it. All the reds I get in the leaves blow my mind. They change day to day, from bright to dark reds, … Continue reading The Essense of Wabi-Sabi

The Sureness of Autumn

We went for a nature walk out in the country and on the way back came across a farmers market. You can see that the sun was incredible this day and it pulled our certain colours while muting others. The overall effect was lovely and reflected the coming autumn. We had been in denial that … Continue reading The Sureness of Autumn