Jasmine Dreams

These small flowers are deceptively fragrant. The jasmine perfume permeates the whole house during the winter months and the backyard during the summer. They always start off white and just before desiccating and falling turn a lovely wine read. Seldom much more than an inch in diameter, they always attract everyone's attention. I can only … Continue reading Jasmine Dreams

Dragon Orange

I admittedly played with the colours on this one. The vibrancy made me think of dragons, thus the title. I am fascinated ny there stamen and pistils. They jumped out of the photo and demand attention. Regardless, this amazing orange shines through the whole composition. I have several different species of lilies and I'm assuming … Continue reading Dragon Orange

Japanese Highlights

I spent a little time around my beloved Japanese maple. The ground cover and a little determined clover plant add a wonderful contrast to the incredible burgundy leaves of the dwarf maple. There's even tension in the contrast, however peaceful it feels. I adore the remnants of greens in the young leaves of the crimson … Continue reading Japanese Highlights

Come in, I only want to eat you.

My garden delivers endless enjoyment in the evil inspirations for my imagination. These dragon lilies beckon us in to smell them only to deceive us with no equivilant fragrance. What is they motivation? My overt active imagination started being devoured whole by the flowers in the most non-PG fashion imaginable. Hey, maybe it's just the … Continue reading Come in, I only want to eat you.

Montreal Walls Project – Nine – Consider Textures as Landscapes

In almost every shot I take, I look at it in black and white. This helps me see the textures of the subject, where light hits the surface, where imperfections are, and often gives me a glimpse at something more beautiful than colour can illustrate. Such is the case here, where the sunlight illuminates the … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – Nine – Consider Textures as Landscapes

Montreal Walls Project – Eight – Imperfect Beauty

I know I'm biased by my obsession with the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic, but this is ridiculously beautiful to me! If I could reproduce this on my ceramic, I'd be in heaven! The stains from paint, mortar, stucco, and pollution remind me of the surprising beauty found on wood fired raku ceramics. ORGANIC! Imperfect and beautiful! Call … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – Eight – Imperfect Beauty

Montreal Walls Project – Seven – Giving In To Wabi-Sabi-ness

I had to walk by this spot on the wall several times to get a sense of what I was seeing. This recently closed hot-dog joint was closed and the wall next to it's take out window is being repaired. First by removing the hideous aluminum covering... this is what's underneath: decades of patchwork repairs … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – Seven – Giving In To Wabi-Sabi-ness

Montreal Walls Project – Six – Not All Bricks Are Red

Somewhere around the 1970s, the building were getting surfaced with yellow bricks; not bright yellow, of course, which would have been spectacular to see, but these warm, beige bricks with a hint of yellow in them. While the grime of urban pollution could be easier to wash away from these bricks, it seems the graffiti … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – Six – Not All Bricks Are Red

Montreal Walls Project – Four – Uncovering Natural Variations (Thank you, Dad!)

While the most common bricks in Montreal are of a warm red, there are also a great many made of a terra cotta mixture. When they are dry, they show only subtle variations in colour, but after the rain has touched them they explode with variations. This wall reminded me of a cherished story my … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – Four – Uncovering Natural Variations (Thank you, Dad!)

Montreal Walls Project – Three – Remnants of The Old City

Montreal is over 375 years old and the original city was build with hand hewn stones often quarried near the waterfront. These building stones can still be found in the foundations of the oldest buildings. These look and feel of these stones is so indicative of the architectural history here that you can also see … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – Three – Remnants of The Old City