November 1, 2015
Hostas are shade-tolerant plants widely grown in gardens all over. A great many varieties offer the gardener or home owner a plethora of colors and patterns. We tend to pay attention to them in the summer months but some hostas can be simply breathtaking in the fall turning a stunning golden color as they prepare for the winter season. Here is a closeup made in the front yard of a leaf displaying the patterning of the veins painted by the quiet light of an overcast sky.
December 8, 2014
This is my third image in the #treesinfourseasons challenge. Autumn is 'a many splendoured season'. It is bright and joyous at peak colour. Normally, we focus our attention on deciduous trees as they turn color in the fall when the pigments within the leaves change with the shorter days and early frost before the onset of winter. On my recent trip to photograph fall colors in Ontario, I noticed these beautiful larches backlit in my friend's (Peter Blahut) aunt's yard. Larches, also known as tamaracks, are deciduous conifers, meaning that they lose their needles (leaves) in the fall, unlike other evergreen trees. The needles of the larches turn yellowish - orange and, when backlit, seem to glow more brilliantly!
I challenge Kelly Funk - my friend, colleague and regular contributor to Outdoor Photography Canada magazine - to the #treesinfourseasons challenge.
Your challenge images must represent all four seasons, one from each season. With each entry please challenge one other person and use the hashtag #treesinfourseasons so everyone can search to find all the entries as the challenge progresses.
November 11, 2013
It was a brutally cold morning as I came across these two leaves frozen in time, alone and forgotten.
November 10, 2013
On my way up to photograph the Canadian Museum for Human Rights from the balcony at the new Prairie 360 revolving restaurant in Winnipeg, I noticed the shrivelled leaves of vines hanging from the limestone off the first floor of the building. Just a few weeks ago, the leaves would have been alive with saturated color. Now, the color had mostly disappeared and the leaves had shrivelled and dried. I have always been attracted to this sort of muted color which tends to dominate in the seasons 'between fall and winter' and again 'between winter and spring'. I enhanced the nostalic look by bringing the image into an App called 'Vintage Scene' in which I overlayed a subtle texture and frame. The scene reminded me of my very first print exhibition called 'Subtle Images' which hung in Edmonton in the early 1980s.
November 30, 2012
A light rain, mixed with a little wet snow, saturated the colors of the maple leaves on this 'off the beaten path' cottage road north of Sault Ste Marie.