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The Niagara Escarpment, from Georgian Bay.

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Jul 06 2016
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I spent a few days of R&R on the Bruce Trail, and it yielded a clearer mind, a refreshed attitude, a blister on one heel, the knowledge that I need to lessen the weight of my pack, and this photo.  The photo will remain long after all the other lessons and experiences fade.  It was one those positive creative experiences where the photo seemed to almost find me, where the moment and feeling translated into an image without too much struggle.  And that is rare, and it’s the inexplicable part of what it is to take photos that hopefully matter. […]

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Toronto Skyline at Night

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Jan 11 2016

Two consecutive national meetings for an agricultural company, held five years apart in different downtown Toronto hotels, and the view of the skyline was impressive each time.

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A Fine Beverage

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Jan 11 2016
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The end of a fine day paddling on Georgian Bay by The Bruce Peninsula. Fish and Chips and a beverage at the Lion’s Head Inn topped it all off.  

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Brent Davies, Co-owner of Wellington County Brewery

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Jan 10 2016
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Every once in a while- nowhere near often enough- I do a photo shoot, and I seem to return to the office with some beer, and I’m not quite sure how it happened.  Brent was generous with his time, not just his beer,  and made it a pleasure.  He is always the same guy wherever you see him.  And that is called good character.  I’m sure his Mom is proud, and it’s easy to celebrate people’s success when they handle it well.

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Ansel

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Jan 09 2016
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Ansel was my first cat, named after the great landscape photographer Ansel Adams.  If you have’t heard of him, Google him.   Ansel the cat, would sit on the tank and watch me brush my teeth or shave, and after many days, months, perhaps longer, I realized there was a photo waiting to be taken- black cat, white surroundings- always a good starting point for an interesting photo.   Of course he wasn’t too cooperative, and I managed to steal only this one frame before he jumped down.  But I was prepared and got what I wanted.

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In line Skating

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Dec 29 2015
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In-line skating is for me one of the best stress-relievers I know of.   Skating is smooth, rhythmic and somehow meditative.   It requires some attention and coordination, but before you know it, it just seems to flow effortlessly.  And whatever you were concerned about before you started, seems to diminish in importance.  Solutions become more clear, problems lose their power, and the world becomes more beautiful again. Throw in a few good friends and may be a visit to a trail-side patio, and it’s nothing short of a small vacation.  

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Self Portrait. Sort of.

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Dec 28 2015
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I love conversations on ski lifts.  People have things to say, and when they are having a great day on the slopes, they can be remarkably honest and open.  Politics, religion, art, the great snow, anything goes and nothing is taboo most all the time.  And sometimes I see a picture somewhere, and ask if it’s OK to take it.  The answer is always a yes- ski resorts breed optimism.

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Glowing Tent, #2

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Oct 13 2015
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This was actually the first ‘glowing tent’ photo I did, taken on an island in Georgian Bay, within paddling distance of Killarney- one the most beautiful places on earth, in my opinion.  The mosquitoes on this June evening were unbelievable. The sound of their buzzing around the tent was actually audible all night long. But still one of the most beautiful places on earth, and I’d go back in a heartbeat. Even in June.

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Downtown Brisbane, Australia.

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Oct 13 2015
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Another photo taken on long-gone Kodak infrared film.  A fish-eye lens, and a full roll of infrared film was a guarantee of a good time!!

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