Painted leaves

We have been enjoying some of the most colourful scenery this fall. The maples, the definite minority tree here, are bursting with more shades of green, yellow, orange and red than ever. These in particular caught my eye.

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Just because I love this so much, I made a version for my smart phone lock screen.

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On an iPhone, to make this your lock screen image, save the image to your photos. Go to Settings, Wallpaper, then Choose a New Wallpaper. The image should be the most recent in All Photos. Select it, then Set. You can choose to have it as your lock screen or be the background behind all the app icons (home screen) or both. Sorry android users, you’ll have to figure yours out on your own.

Happy Fall, y’all!

Launch at dawn

Any day you get to head out on the water is a good day! Hope August brings such days for you. Enjoy!

Cottager Cover!

One of the things I love about taking photos is capturing something not many people get to see. The milky way shot I got last summer is one of my favourites of 2017. I submitted it to a few photo contests and was pleased to have it chosen ‘winner’ by The Cottager magazine.

The magazine editor (and contest judge) writes. “This photo might be chosen for best title as well, if that were part of the contest” Glad he liked it.

Here’s the description that accompanied the photo submission:
On Agimak Lake in Ignace we seldom have the combination of conditions required for an exceptional night sky shot: calm, clear and dark (no moon). The evening leading up to this shot presented all three. My neighbour granted permission to use her dock and chairs for a set up. My yard has a security light that would ‘pollute’ the scene. Just around midnight with only my mobile phone flashlight for light, I set up the scene and my camera. Using a Canon 7D mounted on a tripod with a 11-18mm lens open as wide as possible, I took a number of 30 second shots. Each time the shutter was open, I turned my cell phone flashlight on and quickly ‘painted’ the chairs with light. This one was my favourite.

This image is available for purchase on canvas or fine art paper for framing. I’d be happy to discuss options with anyone interested. Check out the Prints page for pricing and other images available.

Incoming

Occasionally, we hear a whole lot of caw-cawing out on the point. This typically means there is a treat to the crows, their young or their dinner. This time the threat was an eagle. Two crows took turns dive bombing the eagle.

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Here’s a sequence of shots as one crow goes vertical.

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what the dew can do

A cool damp morning as the mist is chased by the sun, tiny insect webs are revealed.

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Web hammock

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Simplify

In an effort to simplify my life, I have decided to not provided desktop calendars for the coming year. Although I love to do digital art, the deadline of something every 30-ish days had, admittedly, become stressful. I plan to continue photographing the beautiful and unusual in ‘my backyard’ and will try to get some posted here for you.

It has been very rewarding to see my desktop calendars on the computer screens of friends and family and to know there are many others who have downloaded them. Thank you!

I plan to continue creating 4″ x 6″ fridge calendars.  Here is a slideshow of the images in the 2016 calendar. I still have copies available. They are $10 each and include a strong magnetic clip. Please contact me if you are interested.

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May your hearts be happy.

heart made from frozen water bubbles

November 2015 Calendar

We may not get much for glorious red maples in our part of the country in the fall but the under brush of the boreal forest still paints beautiful scenes with flaming yellows and oranges and reds.

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This was taken at the top of the Current River Cascades in Thunder Bay while hiking with my 10 & 7 year old grandsons in early October.

For different screen resolutions of the image, go here or drop down the Free Calendar tab at the top of the page and scroll to November.