Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"The Romp"

"The Romp" on Okanagan Lake near "The Peach"

Sky play

Photo merged with the dock

"The Romp"

Today is a revisit to the bronze sculpture "The Romp" on Penticton's Okanagan Lakeshore. I tried to give some newer points of view photographically to this delightful sculpture. We were lucky to enjoy a brief high pressure zone in-between snow showers. for the photographs. You can see the icicles on the chin and thumb of the girl, so she really should be dressing up warmer! They have been here since 10th May 2011.
Artist: Chong Fahcheong.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Oblique Lines in Photography


Green Mountain Rd

Hanne by a small slough with ice!

Grasses and Weeds
Here are a few examples of the use of oblique lines, and triangles of course. Verticals and horizontals are included here. Oblique lines may lead to more interesting subjects than horizontals and verticals, but that is open to personal interpretation.  A leaning fence post or tree sparks one's visual interest. The other note for today is a startling series of images I found from Cambridge. Enjoy here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Photography Genres

Street Photography -"The Conversation"

Photography in the Rain

"Stucco Patina with Construction Debris"

"Back Yards"
There are many different ways of photographing. Recent new genres include "The Photography of Ruin" as in Andrew Moore's exhibition "Detroit Disassembled" or Camilo Jose Vergara's "Detroit is no dry bones" Recent exhibitions in London include Photos from the far east, Egypt etc, showing women's struggle for education and men wrestlers. You can always find more on Google of course. Maybe we should learn from these professionals and not always take our usual pictures....
In England's 19th Century the art of ruin became extremely popular, especially Greek and Roman ruin!
Camilo Jose Vergara

Photo by Andrew Moore of an old theatre

Photo by Camilo Jose Vergara
Both Andrew and Camilo started a new genre called variously "The Photography of Ruin" or "Ruin Pornography", or even better " Ruin Erotica"

Monday, November 12, 2012

Going for a walk with friends

Old Gate, Penticton in the back ground

Johann finds the survey marker

BC Survey marker post

Uphill and homeward we go

Small orchard tucked away in the hills

Flooding in Venice!( thanks go to "The Guardian" for this image.
Walking with friends is a very ancient activity which can still be enjoyed today even without a Tim Horton's coffee, a water bottle, a pair of ski poles, or cell phone in hand. Camera in hand is a must however. Our friend Johann discovered a British Columbia Survey Marker post on the ground near an old fence on the KVR trail. Interesting. He was very observant. If you read it carefully we are to be punished by imprisonment if we remove it!
Vera his wife made us tea and crisp bread with Stilton cheese afterwards.
Here are a few photos from our walk.
Athens Creek this morning! View outside our door....I hope you can enjoy the 3-D effect on this image!
Today all is covered in a few inches of snow, and the snow ploughs are out scraping and sanding.... No flooding here thank goodness!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

"Don't Fence Me In!"

One thing leads to another on the computer these days, and today was no different.
I was looking at a nice picture of Cheekpoint on the river Suir 
and it struck me there were some spelling mistakes. Should it have been a Checkpoint on the river Sewer?  No! There is a village called Cheekpoint near Waterford  in Southern Ireland and it is indeed on the river Suir. This led to other place names in Ireland, some familiar from their US counterparts such as Baltimore, others unfamiliar. Quite a few are preceded by the prefix "Bally". Now a Bally is a small division of land in Ireland, called also a Townland, and there are over 6000 named Townlands. At one point the Post Office tried to abolish all Townland names from postal addresses as being superfluous when Postal Codes were introduced, but failed completely in some areas. ( They are from two or three hundred acres up to 7000 acres in size)
They used to have them in England too but they failed to survive. The English words include Vills, Trefs, Towns, Townships, Baileys, and Shires. In the Isle of Man they had Treens.
So many types of land divisions to put fences around! So many fences in the world!
How about Walls next?
Wooden Fence, Metal Gate

Old Fence Corner

Fence Post

Old and New
A very Steep fence!
Here are a few fence pictures to go with today's post. One thing leads to another indeed! Thank you Mary for inspiring this post! This is Mary.
History is not in my baileywick! I usually leave all that to Helene and Alan.....

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Over!

Finally we are finished! The suspense is over! The world can go back to normal work/fight mode! Barack is Back! The best is yet to come!!
Sides of the Trail

Orchard with Sage Brush

KVR Trail

Fence Posts

The Red Tree

House in the Hills

The Wooden Bridge
Here are a few photos from our walk yesterday on West Bench KVR trail. The weather so far is pleasant and warm and dry for November.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Confusing Events

Talk about getting mixed up in UK between Hallowe'en and Guy Fawkes, in North America we are becoming confused between Thanksgiving, Hallowe'en, and Christmas. Of course, we are enjoying them all, but with modern commercial deadlines, they seem to be appearing almost at the same time.
Deck Celebration

Hallowe'en, Christmas, or Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving, Hallowe'en, or Christmas?
We went out for Sunday Brunch yesterday, (a confusion between breakfast and lunch) and found these images on the restaurant deck!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

All Hallows E'en

For All the Saints, who from their Labours Rest.....

I think the electric ghosts have been here!

Some good Pumpkin Carvings

Here they come!

Watch out!

And again I say, Watch Out!

The Very Best Witch!
All Hallows is another name for All Saints Day, which is the first of November, and Hallowe'en is the evening before. All Hallows is also the name of a village in Kent, named after its church. Tomorrow then we honour all those saints who have gone before us. This evening we watch as they rise from their graves and scare the living daylights out of us. A stroll around the district brings these images to light....Enjoy! and take fright!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Things seen and unseen

Winter is come already with its dark nights

A Dark Horse

At least their faces are white!

This young lady had better find the gate before it gets dark! She is on the side of the road!

Wild Ram just made it across the road.
Driving at night is hazardous. Being dark we cannot see so well. When it rains, our fancy new blacktop  roads reflect lights and obscure our vision even more. So we should go slower. Near here a fifteen year old girl was killed by a truck. There were no street lights. There was no sidewalk. She was wearing dark clothes. She was walking away from the traffic. It was very dark and rainy. If she had had reflective clothing, and had been walking towards the traffic, she might be still alive. The results: a death; a forever shaken driver; who got a fine of $1000 and was prohibited from driving at night. I don't think this is fair. The judge should have recommended all pedestrians wear reflective clothing, walk towards traffic, and street lights and sidewalks be provided whenever possible. This was an accidental death which was indeed preventable. Blame should have been placed where it belonged. What do you think?