Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Two For Tuesday - The Day Old, Half-Price Edition

The ebb and flow of creativity has struck. And the result being yesterday's total write off. Not from a lack of desire, somedays there's just nothing in the tank (sorry about the cliche, but sometimes the best words are those that have been used to describe like situations time and time again).

Fast forward one day and everything has changed. Our fool who awoke one day ago to spring is trapped in the midst of a snow storm.; the flooded back alley has become a quagmire of slop and slush. And his head is literally bursting with ideas (which if he had any sense he'd write down as he's sure to lose more than a few of them as the chaos surrounding twists and turns his attention to something new).

This morning as I returned from depositing the children at school, I heard the lonesome cry of the first gull of the year competing with the howl of the wind. I couldn't see it, but it's darn near a white-out out there this morning. I'm thinking the other gulls where having one over on him, an early April Fool's joke perhaps, telling him that March in Winnipeg is the place to be - the weather being fowl and all.

Being Wednesday, it's time for sepia. Today I've got two images (two for Tuesday and all that):

First I've got a red River cart wheel photographed at Lower Fort Garry.

And secondly, the grotto at the trappist Monestary Ruins in St. Norbert, Manitoba.

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My apologies for the disjointed rambling nature of today's post,

Monday, March 23, 2009

Water Water Everywhere

A temporary spring has sprung and my little pond is fast becoming a lake. A quick spike in the mercury combined with a frozen/plugged catch basin out back has allowed the melt water to inch ever closer to carrying off my aged garage. What's more, with rain today and a winter storm watch on the horizon, it's going to make for an ugly couple of days, and I wouldn't at all be surprised to see a stuffed bear float by with his head stuck in a hunny pot. I do recall March coming in like a lion; so just where is that promised lamb hiding?

On to things photographic; and being Monday that means it's time for monochrome.

I Photographed these little tracks in the snow just days before the mercurial melt that has since left the snow a mix of slush and ice.

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Have a great week,


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Just Me and My Shadow

For this week's contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday , I've got a shadowy self portrait with my favourite snowshoes, photographed with the aid of a wireless remote and tripod (which in my case means that the shot was taken with a film camera).

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Have a great week-end,

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Farewell to Winter?

Despite Spring's official arrival, it still looking a lot like winter out my window - plenty of snow on the ground with more looming in the forecast (here's hoping that the weather forecasters maintain their high probability of being wrong).

So in honour of the snow that still blankets my little corner of the planet, here's today's photograph.

Below is an image of the Old Pinawa hydro dam in Pinawa, Manitoba, Canada, in winter, photographed with my Minolta maxxum 7 on Ilford hp400 film. The Old Pinawa Dam has been out of use since 1951 and is now part of a magnificent heritage park on the Winnipeg River, about an hour northeast of Winnipeg.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thursday's Thoughts

It's Thursday, and as usual, I'm late. So in lieu of posting something interesting, and/or witty (which believe it or not does on occasion happen - really), I'll simply get on to the photo.

Living close to a river (the Red River in my case) does provide ample photo opportunities. Below is an image from last spring before the water levels rose back to normal and the tree and roots that were exposed in the photo were washed away as the bank continues it's yearly erosion.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

At The Sod House - Sepia Scenes

For today's sepia scenes contribution I've got an image of the sod house at Fort Whyte Alive Nature Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It's just my opinion, but this works so much better with the sepia tone - it provides so much more atmosphere than the original shot.

And here's the original un-edited shot.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Two For Tuesday Act I scene iv - A Wee Visit

We pick up our scene with our fool (hapless as ever, perhaps more so) in the bathroom washing the green marker off of his face.

Having tempted fate by setting traps with the children through out the house and baiting them with pennies in hopes of catching a leprechaun (and perhaps their treasure), our fool has once again found himself the butt of fate's mischief - green toilet water, a message painted on his office door, and, the crowning glory, a face decorated with green marker. And of course empty traps (aside from the chocolate coins left for the children). I'm sure my Irish ancestors are rolling in their graves.

So on to the photo's: Being St. Patrick's day, green is in order.

First is a close up of a crow's foot violet leaf, photographed using natural light, a 50mm macro lens and tripod.

And below, in lieu of a leprechaun, is a tiny house gnome that now resides in my rock garden.