Colonizing Decay

We saw loads of these little mushrooms all over the Morgan Arboretum forest... on dead and dying trees, and on the lower sides of tall healthy-looking trees too. Trees of all diameters and species. The commonality is that these paper-thin and undulated-surface fungi always grow in what looks like a colony. Bu themselves, they appear … Continue reading Colonizing Decay

Into It!

The Cabot rose bush is giving us the most gorgeous flowers this year! They constantly reach for the sun, especially after heavy rains. Get in close and see the ecosystem that plays within the folds of this beautiful blossom. To the naked eye, the petals look very fragile, but the camera has caught a robust … Continue reading Into It!

Without Prejudice

I feel playing in grayscale or focusing on the world through a monochrome lens helps us see the essence of everything. It isn't neutral, it is packed with distinctions. Every new patch has a complex individuality that goes beyond contrast and even farther beyond colour. Zoom in on the patch, tweak the definition and play … Continue reading Without Prejudice

What’s Back There?

I really had fun with this one, because I just couldn't catch what was hiding in the dark. It's in there and looking out from the mid-left side, under all the twigs. The eye is barely visible. When I realized it might be frightened, I pulled away to leave it be. When I was editing … Continue reading What’s Back There?

Walking The Line

Is there such a thing as minimalist photography? Well, if there is, I'm not sure if this would qualify; the landscape that is the surface of this field rock seems to be rich with colours, textures, and the signs of life gone by. It goes way beyond grayscale, it shows yellows, pinks, greens, and blues … Continue reading Walking The Line

Uncertainties

Debris and rot in progress. These leave much to the imagination. I blurred the image and saw water with my mind's eye. Something like the Renaissance paintings of Ophelia drowning in her stream. There are all sorts of strange things going on in this shot that I can't explain; the most obvious is the burst … Continue reading Uncertainties

Traces At Sunset

In preparation for my zen garden... before any rock or plants were laid in, I put down some earth that I'd been reclaiming on the side of my house for the last two years. It was a mix of topsoil, clay, compost, and sod-soil. It came out dry and granulated. I raked it over roughly … Continue reading Traces At Sunset

The Trees Have Ears

Perhaps this is a little obvious as a title. I saw the title the moment I saw the mushrooms growing on this tree trunk. I must have said the title out loud while taking the shot because, by the time I was returning past this stump a few hours later, most of them had mysteriously … Continue reading The Trees Have Ears

The Root & Foot of the Issue

I'm starting to wonder if I'm obsessed with tree trunks and why that might be? Sure, I love everything Wabi-Sabi: the colours, subtle tones, textures, naturally occurring patterns... all making the work unique and impossible to reproduce (easily). But, why all these gnarly stumps? There was a time that I thought I was looking for … Continue reading The Root & Foot of the Issue

The Fire is Winking at Me

For the first time in many, many years, I finally took a weekend off and went out of town for a little RnR. At night we lit a small fire in a cast-iron fireplace and watched it burn as we mused upon what caused so many colours and shapes to appear in the flames. The … Continue reading The Fire is Winking at Me