Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Natural

While hiking in the Gatineaus I came across this design etched into the ice that remained atop a frozen pond, whose surface was quickly melting. I was fascinated by the patterns and all the images my imagination could draw out of it. Later it was kind of humbling to think about how any artistic talent I might have was dwarfed by such a creative force as nature.

[ f/4.8, 1/500, 40mm, ISO 200 ]
ice-ology and myth

with such apparent ease
you sent a willful breeze

cleared the snow

then shone the sun
to polish the glassy crust

before you etched
some curves and lines
into a mystic shape

it seems

you carefully
laid out a story
or mythology

for me to seek
some individual truth

hidden in whatever
beast or scene
i might perceive

it is
with a cunning worthy
of any fabled wolf
that you blow away
my feeble creations

and as your symbols
and full productions
flow into one other
within a quiet melt

i cannot keep from wondering

how can i compete
against such perfect artistry

with a mere brush
and pigments

and imagination
less grand
than yours


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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Creation

A fun project to play around with is an oil and water mixture photographed over various colours and patterns. The resulting shapes, along with the paths they take, remind me of planets and stars in an ever changing universe.

[ f/2.8, 105mm, 1/250, ISO 200 ]
Creation

time is
as spheres collide
and leave a mark upon each other

where some absorb
collapsed within a lovers' union
while others bounce and spin away

and some do spawn
the birth of others tiny

while some divide
to go a separate way

there is a path
that each must find
until the motion stops
and this moment's universe lies still

i pause -
camera ready
to freeze each random pattern
that i would deem does satisfy my pleasure

then gently
blow my breath
across the oil and water mixture
until there's beauty beyond measure

is this
i wonder
how god felt
when he reached down his finger

and stirred this soup
in which we swim
and where
such mysteries do linger


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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Forever

I almost went the whole winter without getting out for a skate on the Rideau Canal. But I did get out on the last day that it was open. This was one of the photos that I took that day.

[ f/9, 1/320/ 16mm, ISO 400 ]
Today With You

forever

i want to live forever
in the world that lives
in the day that love awakes
between two soulmates
and the promise each will make

i want to live forever
in the world that lives
in the day a robin sings
and a child first recognizes
that it means spring

i want to live forever
in the world that lives
in the day you first saw
the starry night
and wrote in your soul's journal
how you felt part
of something eternal

i want to live forever
in the world that lives
in the peaceful moment
that a summer sunset can reach
touching a shared blanket
on a quiet beach

i want to live forever
in the world that lives
in the forest of an autumn day
adorned in festive dress
embracing destiny
in its colorful caress

i want to live forever
in the world that lives
in all the days like these
but i will settle
for this day
today with you
until tomorrow
starts my yearning anew


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Saturday, March 5, 2011

In The Winter Stillness

Before completing this week's entry, I'd like to mention how honoured I am to have 4 of my photos and one of my poems included in an anthology produced by Poets United. The anthology is entitled "The Poetry Pantry: Thoughts That Breathe" and is edited by Robert Lloyd, the man behind the Poets United website.

You can download an electronic copy for free or purchase a paperback copy by visiting this link.

I would urge you, if you are interested in poetry to visit the Poets United website where you will find links to many poets and their websites. There are also many inspiring and motivational "starters" and links to websites designed to spark writing ideas if you are a writer and you are looking for inspiration or needing to kickstart that next poem.

And now, for this weeks photo and poem. Once again, another photo taken in Andrew Hayden Park along the Ottawa River.

[ f/11, 1/320, 70mm, ISO 200 ]
Winter Stillness

in the winter stillness
where signposts
and empty benches sit

a vast
and wondrous barreness
where hope and beauty fit

i cannot
see the future
or know
what each day brings

but then
not far beyond my ear
an excited robin sings

there will be spring
there will be spring

but
just before
the warming sun
melts away this view

take the time
to see its beauty
and all that it renews


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