I’m getting ready to go on my first bike ride of the summer. I’m not taking my camera, there’s something else I want to bring. I hope I’ll see my four-legged friends, I didn’t see them all winter as I only take this road in summer and fall. It’s a beautiful early evening, so peaceful on this rural back road as I’m going up the hill. I see them farther in the field. Every time I get there I stop to talk to them and each time they come to meet me. I always wonder if they recognize me, especially after the long winter months without seeing me. I open my backpack, I have something in there they really like, some pieces of apples and carrots. I don’t give them too many, just a few. I hang around for a little while, I tell them how beautiful and graceful they are. It’s time to go now, it’s getting darker. I tell them I’ll be back soon and wave at them as I go down the hill.
Two other horses I used to see on another bike ride. I don’t see them anymore. I wonder what happened to them.
A nice encounter at Frampton Brasse microbrewery
I hope you are all doing well and are having a wonderful time this summer. Until now it’s been rather cold here but I know warmer days are coming and I’m looking forward to them.
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently ? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt, and perhaps it says “go to sleep darlings, till the summer comes again ” Lewis Carroll.
This winter was very cold. Most days were -20°C and I didn’t go out much on photographic excursions. Now Spring is at our doors and before concentrating on flower photography and verdant landscapes I’d like to share these two images I took last December, a few days before Christmas.
It was a peaceful end of afternoon. The only sounds were coming from my snowshoes sinking in the snow and, occasionally, from a little chickadee’s distinct whistle. I could hear, way up above me, tree branches cracking in the wind. I would stop, looking in the distance, observing, listening. Silence, solitude, peace…
Enchantment and gratitude to witness this beautiful end of afternoon. You can see this photo with a better image quality here. Scroll down if you’re interested to read a Behind The Lens story I wrote.
We are now at the first days of Spring and it’s always with a bit of regret that I see the end of winter coming. But at the first notes of the song sparrow I know I’ll be ready for Spring.
The faint light of dawn was on the horizon. I was ready to go on this chilly new day. Everything around me was asleep waiting to emerge from Morpheus’s arms with the first rays of the rising sun.
The first rays
A horse was watching me. He came to greet me and slowly made his way to the meadow.
The first rays of the sun, the mist rising from the river, the flowering meadow, the colours of the sunrise, the companionship of the horse… It was a peaceful morning.
It was the first time I would get up so early in the middle of the night, 3 am, to get ready to photograph the sunrise. It was an unforgettable and wonderful morning and I plan to return soon to another place I would love to photograph in the early hours.
I hope you are all having a wonderful and peaceful Summer. And to those in the southern hemisphere a wonderful and peaceful Winter.
I don’t know how the weather is in your part of the world but here it was awful these past few weeks. Gloomy days with grey flat skies, high winds, rain, snow, and always with this humidity that chills you to the bone. I needed new photos. I miss it when I don’t have any new photos to edit. So I went in the fields near the river and in the meadows where the sheep and horses were peacefully grazing. There wasn’t much light and it was poor quality light. I knew the photos wouldn’t be at their best and I was a little disappointed when I saw them. The light was so flat, not a bit of sun rays to illuminate the scenery and make the colours come to life. But later, while viewing my photos, I felt joy in my heart by remembering those afternoons spent in the fields. It was peaceful, flocks of geese were flying low over my head, their honks vanishing in the distance… The silence, the solitude in the meadows with the sheep in a bucolic landscape… The friendly horses drawing near to greet me… Yes, the light was awful and the photos are not exactly how I wanted them to look like, but I had a wonderful time in these fields and that is part of photography too. Photography is all about technical jargon, compositions and rule of thirds, light and exposures, equipment and skills. But there’s more to it. There are all those wonderful memories we are left with from our adventures and that is a big part of photography, and it is as important as the most beautiful photos we can create. Photography is a long journey, a journey of discoveries and amazement, just like life…
Are you in the mood for Christmas ? All my decorations are out and I want to try to make bokeh Christmas images, maybe one involving my little Winny 🙂 I would like to wish a happy Thanksgiving to all my friends from the United States and a beautiful week to all of you !
Sometimes you experience something that will impact you, that will spark new ideas within you or that will cause you to deeply reflect on a given topic. I came across two videos on YouTube and Ted from Sir Ken Robinson where he talks about creativity and especially creativity and our education system. It made me think about how I view my own creativity and I couldn’t agree more with his lecture on Ted. I was not that bad at school, but if creativity would have been more emphasized maybe my choices would have been different, maybe I would have found my voice more easily. I have always been involved in creative activities, my greatest passions were dance (jazz), and now photography. But it’s only recently that I’ve fully came to realize how creative I am and, above all, how I need to reach into this world inside me, this place from which comes forth all my ideas and inspiration. Like Sir Ken Robinson says, creativity should be taken as seriously as arts and literature and taught in the same way.
Here are the two videos. The first is a beautiful, beautiful video, very inspiring and worth viewing on a full screen as there are many wonderful images. But what touched me the most is the message it conveys. It’s one of the most beautiful videos I have seen yet.
And this is the lecture on Ted. Very inspiring and into which I often recognize myself.
Each time a flower blooms in my garden I am like a child receiving a Christmas gift. I am focused on this one flower that has magically opened its petals and it never ceases to amaze me just how beautiful flowers are. But flowers do not exist only for their nectar or for us to marvel at their grace and beauty. They have another important purpose and message. A gift for us humans.
Flowers are among us to ease our journey
To lighten our hearts in the midst of storms in our lives
To remind us to turn toward the sun’s rays instead of reaching in the darkness of our sorrows
To open our hearts to heal
To be happy
To smile and laugh
To keep our child’s heart
And to love
At this time of year, as the flowers begin to wither, I always feel a little pinch in the heart to see them go…
Another of my favourite photographers, especially in flower photography, is Kathleen Clemons. Her photos are a real delight for the eyes. She mostly uses the Lensbaby for her flower shots, a lens I am thinking of buying for flower photography. The Lensbaby offers different lenses and optics which produces creative effects of selective focus with a sweet spot of sharp focus that I really love in flower photography. Click here if you would like to know more about the Lensbaby. Kathleen has made a beautiful slide show of her flower photos on YouTube, click here to view it, it’s really beautiful.
Autumn colours are almost at their peak here, so I’ll try to take a few hours this week to capture these wonderful colours.