Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Flashback Fridays. That's my theme.
I spend a lot of time looking back. I love old buildings. Ruins. Cemetaries. Books. Photographs. Old stuff in general. It fascinates me. The stories that are held within - these are my ghosts; the memories that are imprinted in a palce or object's history.
Today I've got a photo from a building in Ste. Elizabeth, Manitoba.
Ste. Elizabeth is a ghost town; and a few years back, one could have owned the remaining three homes for under $30,000 canadian. Southern Manitoba is dotted with ghost towns and the remnants of settlers dreams. Ste. Elizabeth sprung up along the banks of the Marsh River in the late 1800's. What remains is the church and the three derelict flood damaged homes and out buildings that are now home to swallows and small rodents.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
On to the photos.
Today I've got two shots of the same stretch of highway taken about two months apart (October and December).
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I've got three photos today.
Marsh Grass Up Close
Fountains at Night
Enjoy your journey,
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I thought I'd start something new today. Rather than just randomly posting photos from my corner of the pond I'd have a loose theme (and I do stress the looseness of my themes) to organize my posting. So for the foreseeable future Tuesday will be Two For Tuesday's (I know, oh so original, but it works for me) in which I'll post two related photos to accompany my ramblings.
Today I've got two sepia toned prints for your viewing.
The photo above was shot just north of Winnipeg, in the R.M of Rockwood, Manitoba; while the photo below was shot at Fort Whyte Alive nature center in Winnipeg.
Thanks for indulging me,
Monday, February 23, 2009
Here are the results. The picture itself was shot on Ilford hp400 film using my Minolta Maxxum 7, and developed and printed by hand on Agfa multi contrast glossy b&w paper (which is sadly no longer available). The colour was applied using a Spotpen photographic hand coloring pen #39 (yellow).
And here's what happens when one begins to play with photoshop. I'm by no means an expert, when it comes to photoshop, far from it. But essentially this is a collage effect combining the two above photos. For a far better explanation of the process than I could ever give: http://www.alibony.com/pse/022108collage.html
Have a great week,
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Not all uninvited guests are unwanted.
Despite living in the middle of the city, there is an unexpected variety of wildlife that finds it's way into the backyard. The deer, one would expect in winter, but the little raccoon was supposed to be hibernating. She curled up on the backstep waiting for a hand out and wasn't going to leave until she got one. I suppose that's my fault, as I used to feed her when she was the runt of a litter of four during the summer. I could set my watch by her appearance at the backdoor at dusk. Her larger siblings would scamper away at my arrival, but Circle (my two year old daughter named her) would sit at the door and scratch until I fed her scraps of bread.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
This shot was taken just north of Winnipeg at Oak Hammock Marsh. If you ever get the chance, the marsh and interpretive centre are well worth the visit. The marsh is one of the top birding sites in Canada.
Here`s a link to their website: http://www.oakhammockmarsh.ca/index.html
Thanks for looking,
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Despite all their fancy schmancy advances, nothing compares to the craftmanship (not to mention the functionality) of a pair of handmade traditional snowshoes. Pictured are my babies - an extraordinary pair of Ojibway style snowhoes, which are in themselves a work of art.
By no means am I an expert on all things snowshoe related; but, I do have over 20 years experience and have at least tried most styles. I recieved my first pair as a Christmas gift when I was 16 (so for those of you doing the math that makes me approximately late 20's, nudge nudge, wink wink); they are a huge pair of Alaskan style shoes roughly six feet long (the stereotypical enlarged tennis racquet design). But I'd have to say, of all my snowshoes (and I'll just say that I've more snowshoes than shoes), based on functionality alone (at least on dry Manitoba snow), my Ojibway style shoes are my favourites.