Somewhere Near The Banks Of The River Styx

I don’t know about you, but for me a foggy day often gives a soft-focus, romantic sort of look to a scene. Perhaps because it hides some of the less photogenic details. This old farm is an example:

The Old McDonald Place?

But in other places, a foggy day can make a scene feel much more sinister. I see a jagged shape jutting from the mist and begin to wonder: “What worse things are hidden from view?”  The fog allows my imagination to conjure up something far more interesting than the mundane reality hidden by the fog. The next photo I at first found rather scenic – a stand of trees on an island in the marsh, grasses and rushes in the foreground, the far shore arcing into the mists. Then I started to look closer and noted that most of the trees on the island are dead, and lining the barely visible far shore are more dead trees. Hmmm.

Fool's Oasis

I am curious. I want to see more of the far side. I struggled over and was rewarded with this jarring, jagged, yet unsettlingly beautiful view:

By The Banks Of The River Styx

Trees Alone On Stage

With the recent spate of foggy and snowy days, I find that I have many photos that feature trees seemingly standing alone. I always associate personalities with trees, much of this (I think) comes from their shape. These recent photos provide a wonderful study of their varied and wonderful shapes. The graceful lines of an Elm that somehow survived the Dutch Elm Disease epidemic of many years ago. The stalwart lines of a Maple, very Canadian, capable of being anyone’s best friend. And the rather rigid and aloof Spruce, beautiful of shape, but cool and difficult to cozy up to.

Elm
Maple
The Spruce Sisters
Spruce Sisters

Fade To White

I really liked the look of a shot I took of some birch trees in a blowing snowstorm back at Christmas time. Enough so that I decided to go back for more shots and make a small series of it. The high-key treatment I used on these is quite a change of pace from my usual darker look, but I think it works well in the context of these shots. I have added these to my online Portfolio in an album titled Fade To White.

Standing Around

Fade To White

Huddled Together

Two Apart

A stranger in a strange land

Feeling a little house-bound last week end, I decided to grab my camera and go for a wander. I ended up in the little town of Grand Valley. My, but they grow large icicles there! Later I poked my head (and camera) into an abandoned house that was near the road. I thought the light coming in through the holes in the wall might make an interesting photo framed by the front door. After this I paid a visit to the Credit Valley Explorer trainyard. Gotta love those big toys!

Icy Tears
Urban Waterfall
Inner Warmth
Right Angles

B-B-Baby, it’s cold outside…

Well here it is, the new year already. I have been blogging for a year now… it has been an interesting experience for me – one that I plan to continue. I want to thank those of you that stop by regularly for a look (google tells me that more than half of my visits are “repeat” visitors), I hope I remain an interesting stop on the internet for you in 2010. I want to give a special thanks for those of you who took the time to leave a comment – you could have anonymously clicked on by, but instead you stopped and took a few moments to let me know what you liked and how my pictures make you feel – thank you so much!

Today’s weather is best described by the song of this post’s title: “The weather outside was frightful…” Howling winds, sideways snow, 15 below zero… yup, we’re in Canada. Perfect photography weather! I dressed in so many layers that I couldn’t get my arms down to my sides and then went out to see what I could find. Of all the shots I took today, the very first one was my favourite:

A Sun, so distant
Even the snow is trying to get out of the wind.
Windswept Foundation
A Corner Filled
Pine framed in stone.
Hop, Skip and a Jump
A Brace of Birch
Exposed