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Solstice – The Return of the Light


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Stone Circle

Tomorrow marks the Winter Solstice. Beginning in the early morning hours, it marks the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern hemisphere. Being an event of significance in the allignment of the stones at Stonehenge, I thought this would be a good time to feature images of my visit there this past August.

The day I visited the site was a gloomy, dark one with no moments of sunshine whatsoever, so I have no iconic photos of the sun shining through the stones to show you. The crowd surrounding the stones created its own photographic challenge. I was nonetheless left in awe of their magnificence and the extraordinary feat of engineering that created the henge. Built in the Neolithic Period, between 3000 and 2000 years ago, with gigantic stones brought all the way from Wales, this accomplishment boggles the mind. And with so few clues as to its purpose and the culture that built it, it remains an intriguing and mystical glimpse into our past.

The approach to the stones was a long one. Seeing the tops of the stones appear filled me with such excitement, only to be dimmed somewhat by the enormous crowd surrounding them, everyone intent on capturing selfies.

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First Sight

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All Those Bright Dots

It took a while to circle completely around the stones, with every few steps offering up a new view and composition to contemplate. While it was disappointing to not be able to enter into the circle, it did make it easier to take photos  and to absorb the splendour of the stones unimpeded by throngs of people. Below are a few close ups and stone vignettes.

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Through the Circle

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Beyond the Stones

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Birds of a Feather

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Capstones

A full view of the stones without people was nearly impossible but the next photos come close.

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Full Circle

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Standing Stones

Some more photos from that day can be found here.

Wishing everyone here a Happy Solstice, and may the lenghtening of days bring light, joy and love into your hearts and lives.

 

 

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In a Blue Mood


Camas in Bloom

Camas in Bloom

Spring brings a wave of blue in the garden when these tiny starry shaped wildflowers reappear to grace us with their loveliness.  I got down and photographed them on a morning after a spring rain, bringing back with me two very wet feet and one big grin for the treasure I had captured in my camera.

Iris

Iris

Not to be outdone by the tiny camas were these giant irises floating in my sea of blue.

Camas and Sea Blush

Camas and Sea Blush

Isolating the camas from the surrounding green grass and pink sea blush was sometimes difficult and sometimes unnecessary as in the photo above.

Almost blooming

Almost blooming

The stalks of deep blue greens are almost as captivating as the flowers in bloom.

For more photos of my blue flower photoshoot, go here, and if you’re lucky enough to live by the sea go out and see some for yourself!


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The 100 Day Project


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The 100 Day Project kicked off this Monday and I am thrilled to be taking part. Specifically I am participating in my local chapter of the project, the Cascadia Story Project‘s 100 Days of Facing the Sea. The idea is to spend 100 days creating, with the sea as inspiration. I’ve opened an Instagram account here to post my daily images and musings to the group and would love to have you follow along. I’ll also be posting regularly here on the project.

Other than attempting to visit the sea daily and letting it inspire me, I haven’t decided on a specific theme. I expect to let the creativity flow in an organic way and hope to have produced something of value by the end. In any case I know the simple act of being mindful and present during this time will bring its own rewards and joy.


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The Exquisite Camelia


Camelia Red

Camelia Red

I spent this past Easter Sunday  shooting pictures for a local triathlon (photos to follow in a later post). In a quiet moment between transitions I turned my camera to these lovely camelia blooms beckoning for some attention. I happily obliged. More pics below and here. Wishing everyone a creative colorful week!

Camelia Sepia

Camelia Blue

Camelia Blue

Camelia Pink


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Breathe- The Future Is Ahead


Breathe

Breathe

 

I submitted this photograph to a National Geographic’s Your Shot assignment with the theme of Change In Your Life. Thinking of my daughter’s birthday tomorrow, I remembered this photo which I took of her at a time of change in both our lives. You can see the shot on the National Geographic site, with a description, here. Please like and share if you can.

I have made several prints from this photograph over the years, including ones I posted about here and here, and the ones below.

I don’t think I will ever tire of this image, for it holds the beginnings of my daughter’s future in its hands, as tightly as she is holding it here. Happy birthday, sweetheart!

Breathe, 2

Breathe, 2

Breathe, 1

Breathe, 1


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When Modern Meets Tradition – A Wedding Portrait


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Tony

Christina

Christina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, I had the pleasure of creating these two beautiful portraits of my lovely niece and her charming husband. The pictures were taken by their professional photographer on their wedding day and I was given permission to convert them into these photopolymer gravure etchings. In so doing I was able to give the images my own artistic touch.

The photographs I had to work with were in black and white, but I decided a rich sepia tone would warm them up and give them the vintage quality I was going for. The texture created by the printmaking process also enhanced that sense of a bygone era, and the use of oil paint on rich printmaking paper ensured an archival work of art, rich with the tradition of an old art technique.

This classic tradition contrasts nicely with the totally modern clothes, poses and presentation in two separate, side by side pieces of art. The couple is not together, nor looking at each other or the camera, but a strong connection is created by the dark, rich tones, their gazes somewhat in the direction of the other and the obvious fact that they are bride and groom.

I am happy to report that the couple was overjoyed with the final result and are very eager to hang their portraits in a prominent place in their home.