Monday, May 31, 2010

Soaring Ambition

I took this photo of my daughter and her horse Bentley (Ben) at a recent competition. I admire how hard she works to be able to enjoy moments like this one. And like many dads, I never tell her enough how much she makes me proud.

[ f/4.5, 1/800, 70mm, ISO 200 ]


soar ben
and jump ever so high
as you carry my girl
so deep into the sky
and into her dream
you both fly

can you feel her smile

you being blessed
with her joy

ever so grateful
both she and i
me for her joy
and her for your power

soar ben
and jump ever so high
explode past obstacles
limitations defy

and like lizzie's ambition
be neither harnessed
nor denied

soar ben
soar high

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sailboat Reflections

Photo taken at Dick Bell Park, Nepean Sailing Club marina in Ottawa.

[ f/8, 1/500, 38mm, ISO 200 ]


reflections

and

no wind chasin' away the cloud
rainbows don't just happen in the sky

nothing to hurry and pass me by

sit beside
reflections of
still water and warming sky

a summer day to slow me down
left all my troubles
back in town

i wait for sails
to catch the wind

cast away all thoughts
of the toil tomorrow brings

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Calabogie Homestead

I took this photo while on a mini golf vacation with my wife. We were at Calabogie, a wonderful little resort in the Ottawa Valley.

[ f/8, 1/25, 20mm, ISO 200 ]


I have always been attracted to old buildings. These in particular, exhibit wonderful character and history. The old homestead appears to have been a particularly grand building. Given it's size, I imagine a large family - typical of some of the rural beginnings of the area.

it's easy to imagine the place in its original glory
see the family hustling about their chores
listen to their laughter as they enjoy each other's company

hear the cries of the new born
that first drew breath here

hold back our own tears
as elders sighed a last breath here

hear the breaking heart of a mother
an ailing child held gently in her arms

join the clatter
of converstaion and laughter
when friends drop by

fortune
both good and bad
visited herself upon the settlers here

housed within this grand old dwelling
their dreams
their hopes
their fears
were not unlike my own

perhaps that's why
I love old buildings so

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Monday, May 10, 2010

ShadowLicious

Downtown Ottawa, strong sunlight, delicious shadows on a long staircase. And the illusions that our minds call up to imagine what it is we are seeing.

[ f/32 1/15, 38mm, ISO 200 ]


illusion and mystery

a woman
inexplicably climbing
on the outside
of a shuttered blind

or

a woman
departing from the shadows
stepping
climbing
ever so steadily
into the light

what realities await
to meet her

what dreams await
to greet her

shadowLicious
our life
does oft become

as we emerge
submerge
from shadows
into the light

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

I Got the Bicycle Blues

Walking along Wellington St. just past where the locks connect the Ottawa River to the Canal, I came across this vintage looking bike chained to a lamp post. As other cyclists whizzed by, I couldn't help but feel sorry for this classical beauty stuck in the role of bystander.

[ f/25, 1/60, 19mm, ISO 200 ]


i got the bicycle blues
all chained up

what'll i do

no rider nearby
i let out a sigh
'n shout 'n broadcast

i'm locked in the past

i'm locked in the past
'n my heart
is sinking a-way too fast

my classic lines
don't do me no good

i'd dance along this road
if only i could

but i'm just locked in the past

yes
i'm locked in the past
'n my heart
is sinking a-way too fast

i see a bike go by
makes me wanna cry

i look up
'n see the sun
people walkin'
'n havin' fun

yea
i got the bicycle blues

all chained up

what'll I do

no rider nearby
i let out a sigh
'n shout 'n broadcast

i'm locked in the past

i'm locked in the past
'n my heart
is sinking a-way too fast

Note: I hope you played all the background guitar riffs while you sang this in your head :)

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