Monday, February 28, 2011


Sebastien is a five-year-old Norwegian Forest cat who was in need of a new home because of allergies. He's a big, beautiful character who is not fat, but weighs over 20 pounds. I think Sebastien and Mystique will be great friends, though there's mostly tolerant curiosity at the moment.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Kristine II

I have been having fun with this week's prompt, "I fall to pieces." I have interpreted "pieces" as a synonym for "apart." Photo 212 was by implication one of a falling US dollar; 213 was a photo of snow falling on fences that are made to keep things apart; photo 214 is of a metaphor that falls to pieces if examined; and this is a photo of someone for whom I have fallen.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Apples and oranges aren't that different, really. I mean, they're both fruit. Their weight is extremely similar. They both contain acidic elements. They're both roughly spherical. They serve the same social purpose. With the possible exception of a tangerine, I can't think of anything more similar to an orange than an apple. If I was having lunch with a man who was eating an apple and--while I was looking away--he replaced that apple with an orange, I doubt I'd even notice. So how is this a metaphor for difference? I could understand if you said, 'That's like comparing apples and uranium,' or 'That's like comparing apples with baby wolverines,' or 'That's like comparing apples with the early work of Raymond Carver,' or 'That's like comparing apples with hermaphroditic ground sloths.' Those would all be valid examples of profound disparity. But not apples and oranges. In every meaningful way, they're virtually identical. (--Chuck Klosterman)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Arborists Among Us

This was the view from my porch this morning.... I like the textures and patterns of the branches and buds.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Self Portrait VIII

Self portrait of the artist as professor. Mais oui, ceci certainement est une pipe. Black and white and read all over.

Monday, February 14, 2011

44 Ontario Street

This is not a church entrance, though it sort of looks like one. I'm not sure what is in this building, but I love the door(way).

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Afternoon

... waiting for Myra to be done with school. This is a shot of/out the window at the school. The screen does interesting things, I think. It also addresses the prompt of black and white and red (all over there).

With this shot I am officially caught up. Whew.

Black and White and Red (all Over)

... I didn't do anything to this outside of settings on the camera and suppressed flash. I like the effect, which comes, I think, from the colour of the wood of the room and the piano itself.


Aside from the socially empowered learning atmosphere that Montessori affords kids, you just have to love the stuff.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Artefacts: Pitcher

This was made in Italy. I purchased it at Winners.

Artefacts: Vase

Blown and cut glass vase by Dan Shura. It was a present.

Artefacts: Sake Serving Set

This was handmade by somebody named DuBois. It was a present.

Artefacts: Hot Pad III

This one is Venetian. I purchased it at the local Home Depot.

Artefacts: Hot Pad II

This one was made on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I purchased it at the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology.

Artefacts: Hot Pad I

This one was made in Sante Fe, New Mexico. I purchased it in a little shop in downtown Santa Fe.

The True North...

This is an unusual flag in a couple of ways: it is the largest one I think I have ever seen flying from a flagpole; and it is a really striking crimson colour (most outdoor flags seem to be more in the scarlet range).

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Experimenting with Black and White IV

Shadows on a snowy walk.

Experimenting with Black and White III

Clump of stubborn grass.

Experimenting with Black and White II

Chain-link fence.

Experimenting with Black and White I

Snowy bush.

Textures: Smoke

My attempt to photograph smoke, using my denim jacket as a background. It sort of works, if you bear in mind that the jacket is uniformly the colour it shows in the bottom right corner of the photo.

Self Portrait VII

... cigar courtesy "H. Upmann, Habana," via Amanda.

A Snowy Day

... in my back yard.

Two of my Favourite Things

Wine and a library, together at last.