7 months ago
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I was challenged on Facebook to shoot in black and white for 5 days running. This is one of my shots. It encouraged me to go out and think differently about my subjects - what would stand out without the benefit of colour. I needed to look at contrast and textures
I wasn't thrilled with my first shot - too much black and white and not enough greys. No subtlety.
I still have a couple of days to go. Looking in a new way now.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
This was my first time in Prince Edward County. The beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park rivals Caribbean beaches - the sand is soft, the beach is wide and the water is blue (well not so warm as a Caribbean beach).
The fall colours were at their height. Prince Edward County is a large peninsula. On our way home we took the ferry across this stretch of water. The ferry is part of the provincial road system, so there is no charge.
The area is dotted with vineyards as well as apple orchards where cider is produced. Once can go from one to the next tasting their wares.
There is beauty in the decay that autumn brings. The milkweed seeds are ready to travel on the wind, finding a place to germinate when spring comes.
I'll have to get back to this area. There are so many photo opportunities.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
The sunny weather sent me off in search of autumn colours. I decided to drive up to CAMMAC as I needed to speak to someone there. This is what met me.
Each tree changes in its own time, first one leaf leading the way.
It is the symphony of colours that dazzles. Each leaf adds to the riot of colour.
Walking in the woods you can hear the leaves fall. They rustle past those still clinging to the trees.
On the forest floor the low growing plants show signs of seasonal fatigue. The once vibrant green is disappearing to be replaced by browns and sepia.
Last petals twist into sculptural shapes before they too drop off. The summer growth spurt has stopped. Now is the time for its last dance before the frost.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Photos Aug 13-15
Where ever you go in Iceland you are not far from a glacier or from volcanic mountains or lava fields. Snaefellness peninsula is no exception. This was the view from where we stayed. We looked forward to the next day when we would explore the peninsula. That was the last we saw of the glacier; heavy cloud descended.
It was still enjoyable to explore. Mountains with waterfalls streaming down - lava fields (each one looks different)
As does each mountain.
At Arnarstapi we saw these sculpted sea stacks and cliffs plunging to the water.
And basalt columns reminiscent of the area near Vik.
The combined forces of volcanoes, the ocean and weather create intriguing sculptures. This was at Hellnar.
And always interspersed are signs of people - farming on whatever strips of land might be fertile. Their sheep are up in the hills for the summer.
After our sojourn on the peninsula we headed back to Reykjavik and then home the next day. So ended our amazing trip. Iceland impressed us - for its wild beauty, its resilience, its pragmatism and its acceptance of the forces of nature. The people seem to have a wonderful sense of humour (even watching the safety instructions in the airplane was not boring). Well worth a visit!
All my Iceland photos (at least those I shared) can be found in my Iceland and Faroe Islands album on Flickr.