November 1, 2015
The Cypress Hills in southeastern Alberta tower over the surrounding prairie at an altitude of 600 meters, roughly similar to that of Banff. Because it remained unglaciated during the last ice age, the area harbors an astonishing variety of plants. The area is part of the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park with the Province of Saskatchewan. In August of 2014, I made my first visit there in more than 30 years, capturing this sunrise from the viewpoint on the Reesor Lake Road. It is one of the images featured in my new book called 'Beautiful Alberta' (Firefly Books) which I will be launching at McNally Booksellers in Winnipeg this coming Friday evening at 7:00 PM.
October 28, 2015
I came across this quiet, intimate view of lily pads floating in Middle Lake, Kenora after spending a few moments capturing a brief but dramatic sunrise. I had driven to Kenora with my friend Dave Benson to pick up a series of fine art prints from a show that had been hanging at Elizabeth Campbell Books for a couple of months. From the high vantage point of a rocky ledge, I isolated the lily pads with my 70-200mm lens fitted with a polarizing filter. While the 'big landscape' is often captivating, I am more often than not attracted to the more personal and interpretive intimate view.
October 28, 2015
While in Kenora last August to do a book signing for my Ontario book (Turnstone Press) at Elizabeth Campbell Books, I spent a few hours in the early part of the morning exploring the area. Driving along the TransCanada Highway, the sun peeked through the clouds long enough to create these long, dramatic shadows of evergreen trees.
October 26, 2015
Every year I look forward to the return of spring. I enjoy the four seasons which bring about different experiences. When we moved into our current house some 25 years ago, I planted a Nanking Cherry shrub and looked forward each year seeing the pinkish blossoms brighten up the backyard, even if only for a few days. Being an avid bird watcher for years, I often looked for the arrival of new species each spring and thought about how nice it would be to photograph a bird surrounded by the bright cherry blossoms. One year I purchased a small blind and set it up about 15-20 feet in front of the Nanking Cherry and waited patiently. I was rewarded with a few visits from a number of warblers including, from top to bottom, a Chestnut-sided warbler, a Cape May warbler, a Tennessee warbler and an Eastern Phoebe which I photographed on my rhubarb plant near the cherry shrub. Both the Nanking Cherry and the rhubarb are no longer but I will be planting another Nanking Cherry very soon! Trees and shrubs offer many benefits to the home owner including habitat and food for wildlife, to say nothing of the aesthetic appeal.
October 3, 2015
'Les Editions des Plaines' (Winnipeg) recently released the latest edition of my Canada book. Originally published in 2005 by Key Porter Books (no longer in business), Canada sold 25,000 copies throughout the country. A French translation is currently in progress.
While this edition sports a new cover, this edition is significantly different than the last three. When I was asked if I wanted to release this book again - it had been out of print for a year or so - I insisted that all the images be re-scanned - which I did. The color is now more accurate, with much better contrast. The text remains unchanged but a few images had to be replaced because I could not find a few of them; the images however are simply a different version of the original images that appeared in the book. Another significant change is that the images are no longer cropped so they reflect my original vision. The layout has been altered to create a uniformly consistent display of the images. Designer Jef Burnard did an outstanding job re-designing Canada. I am currently working on 3 other titles for 'Les Editions des Plaines', 2 of which should be released in the next few months.
Canada is available in books stores and online.