Month: July 2014

The Morning After

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Who doesn’t love summer skies, magic at night and cloudless in the morning?

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Last night was one of those nights and this morning one of those mornings…

Travel Theme: Meeting Places – A Yellow Tale

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“Lets meet in the Departure Hall of Waterloo Station at 11:15. I’ll be waiting on the steps by the escalator wearing a yellow hoodie. You can’t miss me, and make sure you’re not being followed. If you haven’t arrived by 11:30 I’ll assume that you have been and will see you there. Remember to bring the tickets and your passport. Not long now!”
to be continued…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

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Walking along Spanish Banks in Vancouver this afternoon on a beautiful summer’s day we came across this wedding in the park, which I think you will agree could not reflect more perfectly the essence of this week’s photo challenge summer lovin’. Whoever this loving couple may be we wish them a long life together full of happiness and joy…

Those naughty ladybugs are back!

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Birds do it, bees do it, even educated lady bugs…fall in love.

Once again I couldn’t resist a re-posting of those summer lovin’ ladybirds!

Darkest before the Light

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Over the last few days the events around the world have seemed so apocalyptic that I felt a need to express the emotion that I know we all must feel as we look at images of agony, despair, sadness and grief every day.

My initial response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers was meant to be amusing and light-hearted. A shredded piece of paper “O help” is prominent amongst thousands of similarly shredded pieces lying within the shredder; a simple straight forward technically successful photographic image.

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However it was only when I re-posted it as a monochrome image for Leanne Cole’s weekly gallery Monochrome Madness that I started to see it in a completely different light, as something much more than just an amusing photo. It became a photographic metaphor for a sense helplessness, a real cry for help to stop the madness.

The second photograph I posted for the Photo Challenge was a peaceful-looking view of container ships in English Bay Vancouver viewed from a trouble-free beach. What could be more peaceful?  But with today’s re-edited photograph of those ships waiting in the Bay the view is much more foreboding.

I know this post is unusually dark for me, but sometimes there is a need to make an honest statement expressing how we really feel. Today, as I reflected on all the the sadness in the Netherlands, Malaysia, the Ukraine, the Middle East, Nigeria, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, Britain, Canada, the United States and all the other places in our world where there is so much grief and loss, it seemed this was a day for honesty.

But I will end on a note of hope, a musical note, the prelude from Bach’s first cello suite play by the great humanitarian Pablo Casals. It is always darkest before the light, and tomorrow it will be lighter I promise, but today for me is a day for reflection and sorrow as I send my deepest sympathy to all those who have lost their loved ones wherever you may be.

Container Log Jam

Containers waiting in English Bay, Vancouver viewed from the logs of Kitsilano Beach.

Somewhere in a basement not that far away…

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May the force be with you…

For the weekly Photo Challenge: Containers